The Pennsylvania Ballet, which makes its home in Philadelphia, is shining a new light on its 25th anniversary production of "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker" by using a dozen Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800 fixtures supplied by Pin Point Lighting in Aston.
One of the nation's premier ballet companies since 1963, The Pennsylvania Ballet continues the enchanting holiday tradition of staging "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker," which is marked by spectacular sets and costumes and appearances by The Philadelphia Boys Choir and local dance students. Pin Point Lighting provides quality lighting equipment rentals, production and design in the Philadelphia area and nationally. Since 2000 the company has been the exclusive professional lighting supplier for The Pennsylvania Ballet.
Pin Point Lighting's John Duncan, who also serves as assistant electrician with the ballet, suggested the Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800s to lighting designer John Hoey. "We needed to change out from our old fixtures," Duncan says. "I had looked at the Alpha Spot QWO 800s a couple of months ago and thought they would be great. We try to think ahead and pick fixtures that will be around for the next ten years."
Clay Paky's Alpha Spot QWO 800 uses the latest MSR Platinum lamp, an 800W light source that produces an intense sparkling light - brighter even than older 1200W lamps. The Alpha Spot QWO 800 is equipped with optical features placing it at the top of its class, including a very wide zoom range from 7.6º to 55º, a uniform beam distribution at all zoom angles and a unique Stay-Sharp-Zoom feature that locks images in focus while zooming. The fixture is small, lightweight, silent and has low power consumption making it an excellent tool for TV, theater, corporate events and many other demanding lighting applications.
The lights are making their debut with the ballet on the beloved holiday production, which is drawing packed houses. "They are performing perfectly," Duncan reports.
A.C.T Lighting is the North American distributor for Clay Paky.
Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, "The QWO 800 is one of our newest fixtures and we're thrilled to see it applied to so many interesting applications such as this one."