In July, the Standard Bank National Arts Festival hosted the Legends of Jazz which include Hugh Masekela and Lerato Molapo [Lira] at the Guy Butler Theatre at the Monument. Tina Le Roux – Naledi Award winner for lighting design – was brought into developing and programming a lighting show that would complement some of South Africa’s best musicians.

Due to the limited time and the extreme pressures associated with the National Arts festival turnaround times, Le Roux says she could not have lit these legends if she did not have the Martin Professional’s M-SERIES to program with. “The versatile programming technic and user friendly platform allows me to generate states and looks quickly, allowing me to focus more on my designs.’

Le Roux had the opportunity to experiment with Martin’s MAC Viper and MAC Quantum range of fixtures. The MAC Viper Profile is a new breed of high-output profile luminaire with an exceptional feature set, superior light quality and a highly efficient optical system. It outperforms all market-leading profiles in the 1200-watt range and is even an alternative to 1500-watt fixtures. The power that the vipers gave became a core element of the design with funky designers involving gobo work as well as air-effects that complement the different aspects of the shows. The MAC Quantum gave a tremendous amount of scope and two units allowed for her to paint the canvas of her artwork. The ability for the fixture to generate live motion but still keeping strong to its core ability, is what is expected of a wash light.

The diversity of the products is accredited to the dynamic research and development that Martin invests into all their products. The inventory of products that LE Roux used included six MAC 250 Washes, five MAC Auras, four MAC Viper Profiles, two MAC Quantums, one Martin M6 Console, 120 generic dimmers, and two JEM 24/7 Hazer.

Written by Jesse Dullabh