Le RÃªve, now running at the prestigious Wynn Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, is an aquatic spectacular, set in a one million-gallon “stage,” featuring diving, acrobatics, and dance – all in a milieu of state-of-the-art lighting and special effects. The production was created by Franco Dragone (Mystere, La Nouba and Céline Dion).
In spring 2007, Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer of Third Eye Design began a complete redesign of the lighting for Le RÃªve. The new design uses over 200 moving lights and a variety of other DMX equipment, including dimmers, strobes, scrollers and LED's, for a total of 36 universes of control. Because the show is designed in the round, with extensive moving sets, wireless DMX control was essential.
After exhaustive testing, the W-DMXâ„¢ system by Wireless Solution was chosen to solve problems inherent in the original production. Nathan Barmer, Moving Lights Operator, explains, “Initially, we tried a different wireless DMX system, but there was a noticeable lag in the timing of some of the major motion pieces with the lights. I had used W-DMX by Wireless Solution in the past and suggested we try their system instead. It worked perfectly and we have never had another problem.”
One W-DMX S-2 transmitter and two R-512 receivers are used to control two universes of moving lights. The fixtures are on a 40-foot-wide carousel, rotating at 4 rpm over the stage. An additional W-DMX S-1 transmitter and three Micro receivers control set pieces, including a lamp post, clock and spell spheres. Barmer adds, “It looks flawless now – very fluid, which is really important for this particular show.”
W-DMX distributor TMB supplied the wireless equipment to PRG Las Vegas, who provided and installed the lighting system for Le RÃªve. Says TMB's Kent Flemming; “Again and again, experience shows W-DMX to be the only choice for wireless DMX. Equipment selection for Le RÃªve involved direct A/B testing with the leading competitive system, under the most challenging conditions, and W-DMX came out the clear winner. We have seen W-DMX do this so many times. As we at TMB say, â€˜W-DMX just works!' TMB is proud to support such fine companies and people as Wynn Entertainment, Dragone, Third Eye Design and PRG.”
The lighting team for Le RÃªve is Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, Lighting Designers; Stephanie Weiss, Head of Lighting; Nathan Barmer, Moving Lights Operator; Bill Harlow, Assistant Head of Lighting; Nathan Pease, Video Operator; Dale Ripingill, Lead Spot Operator; Owen Penrod, Kristen Doorman, Kim Bagby, and Jess Betts, Spot Operators; Jamie Bell, Deck Electrician; Roger Skinner, Tracer Finn, James Buggie, Melanie Binam, Electricians.
W-DMX by Wireless Solution Sweden AB has become the world standard for wireless DMX, winning awards on both sides of the Atlantic. W-DMX “outshone the rest” in an independent test (Lighting & Sound International). Specified with perfect results in high-profile lighting projects everywhere, W-DMX has been used for lighting the Pyramids of Giza; New Years at Times Square in New York City; the world's largest Ferris wheel, the Singapore Flyer; the Eurovision Song Contest; the Albuquerque Big-I Interstate Interchange; the Celine Dion World Tour, and many more.