Summerfest '08...'twas the time to kick back and enjoy the music, comedy and festivities at the world-famous Marcus Amphitheater in 75-acre Henry Maier Festival Park, along the lakefront in Milwaukee, WI.. But not without a showdown: Robert Juliat Super Korrigan 1200W and Victor 1800W followspots were pitted against the competitors' and won their tickets to the show. The final decision was to go with six Victors to light the event.
Summerfest, which ran from late this past June through early July, attracts almost one million people per year and plays to an audience of 25,000 per afternoon/evening. For the 2008 event, the local theatrical people servicing the Amphitheater had wanted small, compact, bright followspots. Having beaten their rivals in the showdown, the Victors also proved victorious at the 'fest.
"Followspots can sometimes seem like they require three hands," reflects Marty Lazarus, president of theatrical dealer Chicago Spotlight, Inc. "You need to operate the iris," he says, "move it around, and change the color." Lazarus claims that with the Victors, you "don't need three hands. What's more, they've got that famous 'Juliat' perfectly even field." Lazarus finds Victor to be small and comparatively lightweight, while producing great light output. "The unit is nothing less than spectacular," he concludes.
The Robert Juliat Victor 1159 1800W followspot houses a high-performance double condenser optical system, a 100% closing mechanical dimmer, a 6-way color changer system equipped with removable filter frames and a 100% closing iris with backplate follower in a removable cassette.
Lazarus likes how the brighter Robert Juliat lamp holder enables one to "lock in lamp alignment without any adjustment." He says that, compared to others models on the market, changing the Victor lamp is a very simple process.
Lazarus notes that Summerfest is a really big fan of Robert Juliat. It's no wonder: "The followspots worked perfectly!"
About Robert Juliat
Robert Juliat is a three-generation, independent, family-run company dedicated to stage lighting. The current chairman's grandfather was, at the end of the 19th century, one of the pioneers in creating special effects for the fledgling motion picture industry in France. Robert Juliat lights are used by customers who include the Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, New York's Lincoln Center, LA's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Disney World, The Royal Shakespeare Company, the Comedie Francaise, the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, football's World Cup in Japan and Germany, plus theatres, schools and public venues around the world.
R&D, production and the company headquarters are based in the village of Fresnoy-en-Thelle, 50 km north of Paris. Robert Juliat USA is located in Wallingford, Connecticut. For more information, visit www.robertjuliatamerica.com.