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Vari-Lite’s VL2600 Profile is a flexible mover for So You Think You Can Dance

Vari-Lite’s VL2600 Profile is a flexible mover for So You Think You Can Dance
Vari-Lite’s VL2600 Profile is a flexible mover for So You Think You Can Dance

USA – Multiple EMMY Award-winning lighting designer Bob Barnhart chose 80 VL2600 Profile luminaires from Vari-Lite, a Signify entertainment lighting brand, as his workhorse tool for the 16th season of Fox’s popular TV show, So You Think You Can Dance. The new LED fixtures helped Barnhart to deliver an endless variety of looks in the tightest of time-frames.

Produced by 19 Entertainment, Dick Clark Productions and Conrad Sewell Productions, the show sees around 900 dancers compete to be declared “America's favourite dancer”. During the show’s final stages Barnhart needed to light almost 80 dances, usually with just 20 minutes available to decide each unique design.

“The challenge is keeping the different looks fresh, so we try to use lighting equipment that can do a wide variety of things,” said Barnhart. “A ‘workhorse’ in this situation is much more valuable to me than a ‘one trick pony’.”

Key to that flexibility is the fixture’s framing capability. “The shutters give us a whole new tool to play with,” says Barnhart. “It’s been really helpful in finding that variety we need to separate each dance.”

In addition, Barnhart praises the camera-friendly features of the VL2600’s light output and colour temperature control. “I really like the VL2600’s flat field and consistent colour temperature,” he says. “The VL2600, with that consistency, and tools like the variable CTO, is good to have in your workbox.”

Completing in September 2019, the 16th season of So You Think You Can Dance was won by Bailey Muñoz.

Vari-Lite’s VL2600 Profile is a flexible mover for So You Think You Can DanceVari-Lite’s VL2600 Profile is a flexible mover for So You Think You Can Dance

28th October 2019

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