Prljavo Kazalište celebrate 40 years at the top
Mon, 15 May 2017 10:46
Photo by Juraj Stipetić, LumiLas LLC
Croatian rock legends Prljavo Kazalište celebrate 40 years of hits and stardom with
a world tour which kicked off with a show at the Spaladium Arena in Split, with
lighting designed by Sven Kučinić of LumiLas LLC, who has worked for the band for
the last 6 years and is also a big Robe advocate.
Kučinić again specified Robe fixtures to light this show, where the challenge was on
to create a spectacular but scalable design to work for the whole of the upcoming
tour which plays various sized venues and is scheduled to run for the rest of this
landmark year in the band’s amazing career.
Known for his imagination, style and ingenuity, Kučinić produced another great
looking result with Robe as the main moving light fixtures - 20 MMX Spots, 12 x
MMX WashBeams and 16 Pointes. This expedient fixture count for the size of the
venue and the enormity of the occasion – proved that intelligently and imaginatively
... less is most definitely more.
The main trussing was configured as a ‘W’ shape above a large 100 square metre
LED wall at the back with the MMXs all rigged on this and the Pointes positioned on
the floor along a walkway behind the band.
The 16 Pointes were the only pure effects lights of the show and this role defined
the look and physical structure of the performance space, a task enhanced by their
close proximity to one another, the uniformity of the optics and the punchy beams.
They essentially became an integrated scenic element, concealed from view due to
their small footprints until light came blasting through their lenses.
An interesting overall challenge for the team was imagining a new production
aesthetic for a band whose style and musicality has stayed very true to their rock
‘n’ roll roots throughout their career.
Kučinić programmed and operated the show himself on a grandMA2 full size –
admitting to being a bit of a control freak, he prefers to work this way! After six
years with the band, he knows most song structures and lyrics by heart which
speeds up the process … which is always squeezed for time.
The show’s video has original content created by Croatian multimedia artist Ivan
Marušić Klif and his colleague Ana Hušman.
Also integral to the production for the gig in Split were FOH sound engineer Daniel
Biffel and Juraj Stipetić of LumiLas who co-ordinated all the laser effects in close
consultation with Kučinić.
Equipment was supplied by leading Croatian rental company ELDRA – project
managed for them by Dario Katačić and Domagoj Pribanić who were “Fantastic”
says Kučinić, ‘”he service was excellent and they really pulled out all the stops to
ensure that the technicals went smoothly and slickly on site”.
So far, the tour is scheduled to play Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Germany, Sweden