No strings attached for Robe
Fri, 12 May 2017 11:10
Nuku Theatre. Photo by Madis Kirkmann
Robe’s DL4S Profiles and DL4F Fresnels – 52 in total – have been specified and
installed at the new Nuku (Puppet) Theatre in Tallinn. This world famous theatre has
just opened a completely new space – formally an outside courtyard - at its theatre
complex in the heart of the picturesque and vibrant Estonian capital.
The project is one of the latest in a number of high profile theatre installations of
Robe DL series LED moving lights around the world. The luminaires have been
specifically designed for performance applications, combining all the benefits of LED
technology with the refined features and functionality expected from a theatrical
The new Ferdinand Stage at the Nuku Theatre now becomes the main venue. Its
development includes a brand new entrance and foyer which have been integrated
seamlessly and stylishly into the existing building. The space itself offers seating for
420 people and a 14 metre wide by 9 metre deep stage area.
The decision to pick the Robe LED moving lights was made by head of lighting Madis
Kirkmann and the fixtures were delivered by Robe’s Estonian distributor E&T.
They had already been using Robe LEDWash 600s and 300s together with 600E
Spots in the old theatre and were extremely happy with their reliability and
performance, so it was a logical step to stay with Robe. “That, plus the great
service and support we receive from E&T” confirmed Madis, who has personally
been using Robe for various applications for over 10 years.
The 30 x DL4S Profiles and 22 x DL4F fresnels, due to their power and versatility,
are also a cost efficient solution. While the Ferdinand Stage lighting system does
also include large and small Source Four profiles and several other conventionals,
having the DLs in the system has reduced the need for many additional fixtures.
The Robe units combine an exceptionally smooth shutter module, high precision
dimming, seamless colour mixing and quiet operation. The DL4S fixtures were the
first that E&T has delivered to a theatre project, to which they also supplied a new
Considerations like focus are crucial when lighting a genre like puppet theatre as
good lighting is essential to deliver any show convincingly to audiences young and
old – revealing as well as concealing - and generally the ‘art of illumination’ is often
taken to extremes!
Tasks like pinpointing the puppet character and the actor have to be achieved very
specifically and that’s why they need a lot of profiles.
The Nuku Theatre’s new Ferdinand Stage is a government supported project that has
been almost three years in the making. Named after legendary Estonian puppeteer
Ferdinand Veike (1924 – 2015), also founder of the first Veikest which became the
Estonian independent puppet theatre, its first show onstage was the 2016 Christmas
production, and now it will be in use almost every day.
The busy and ever-popular Nuku theatre now has three stages and produces around
10 completely new own productions per year as well as hosting one-off shows and