Lighting At The Paralympic Opening Ceremonies

March 12 saw the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics, with Patrick Roberge as producer/artistic director and lighting by Robert Sondergaard of Electric Aura. “The entire system was drawn in 3D in wysiwyg and we used it for daytime programming,” says Sondergaard, noting that the lighting for the ceremonies was based on the initial plot created by Bob Dickinson of Full Flood for the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games on February 12, 2010 in the same venue.


The lighting gear list included:

40 – Martin Mac 2000 Performance

68 – Martin Mac 2000 Wash

124 – Philips Vari-Lite VL3500 Spot

68 - Philips Vari-Lite VL3500 Wash

58 - Philips Vari-Lite VL3000 Spot

28 - Philips Vari-Lite VL5 Arch

72 - Philips Vari-Lite VL2416

8 - Syncrolite MX4

2 – MA Lighting grandMA console

2 - MA Lighting grandMA console (backup with all 4 consoles networked together)

16 - Active NSP

5 - Backup NSP

Lighting vendor: PRG - Tony Ward


Produced by: Patrick Roberge Productions

Producer: Patrick Roberge

Associate Director: Head Choreographer - Jocelyn Peden

Director of Production: Nik von Schulmann

Technical Director: Michael Scriven

Lighting Team:

Lighting Designer: Robert Sondergaard

TV Lighting Director: Jason McKinnon

Followspot Director: Alan Brodie

Lighting Department Head: Jason Bolger

Programmer #1: Shaun Forbes

Programmer #2: Sharon Huizinga

Initial light plot conceived by Bob Dickinson

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