Marc Janowitz designed Dispatch’s summer tour, stopping at iconic venues like the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colo., and New York’s Central Park SummerStage. The main challenge for this tour was scaling the design to different venues so that it would not be overwhelmed in some venues or compromised in large ones. His scenic design references shapes from abstract Native American themes. The lighting was chosen to evoke sunsets and sunrises, and to create what he called “a two-way reflection, so the band and the audience can see each other.” The uncluttered look also allowed the audience and band to be aware of the different surroundings, from the trees in Vermont to the dramatic landscape of Red Rocks. He describes his goal for the production as, “an inclusive experience.” The tour finishes on September 21, at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Boston.
When the scope of work is to light 43 separate performers, including a naked man with wolves, in front of a television audience of 200 million, the event can only be the annual Eurovision Song Contest (ESC).