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BlackTrax in the Spotlight with The Weeknd on ‘Starboy’ World Tour
Canada – BlackTrax realtime motion tracking system kept the spotlight in focus for the Starboy: Legend of The Fall worldwide tour for Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and record producer, The Weeknd. Solotech, Montreal supplied BlackTrax for the tour.
Production manager, Rob DeCeglio, takes up the story: “BlackTrax was the first tracking system that I have used that is worth the setup time. Other systems in the past either were not accurate enough or still require human operators of some kind. This certainly opens the doors for other tracking applications and diversification, everything from artists to set pieces.”
An angular 120 long by 70 wide suspended and flown in multi-faceted triangle piece was created by TAIT for use with audio, projection and lighting.
“Having a giant kinetic structure made it impossible to use traditional spot locations and have coverage on the principal,” added DeCeglio. These were positioned stage left and stage right of the run way and with four high and low upstage fixtures.
“For the Weeknd, it’s always about art. Designers and production alike are charged with creating something that’s unique, something that complements and enhances the music, and something that brings the focus without being a distraction to Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd).”
In highlighting the creative and production benefits of BlackTrax, DeCeglio said: “Besides needing to use BlackTrax for practical reasons, it also gives the ability to focus on the performer with unique angles, colors, and an incredible amount of accuracy that you would never get with a traditional followspot.”
For the Weeknd, futuristic set design was by Es Devlin and lighting design was by Sooner Routhier of SRae Productions. Starboy: Legend of The Fall was the first time that Routhier had used BlackTrax. “I love the Black Trax system. I would love to put it on every show for the rest of my life!! The technology is incredible and makes such a huge difference in your production.”
Additional credits for the tour go to Daren Koop, lighting programmer and operator, and
Marc Thomas, on-site TAIT integrator.
Having already toured Europe, South America, North America and Canada, the Starboy: Legend of The Fall will wrap up in Australia this December.
Image: SRae Productions
7th September 2017
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