The 85,000-square-foot Center, which opened last year, serves the Northern Virginia community. Theater consultant and lighting designer Robert Davis specified Aramis followspots for the 1,121-seat Merchant Hall, which is designed for symphony orchestra performances, dance, opera and theater and boasts a 45-foot by 100-foot stage and a motorized pit set for large orchestras.
"A followspot has to do everything perfectly: It doesn't have to clear just one hurdle, but dozens," says Davis. "The instrument has to have a really good followspot beam, and you need to have good control over it. It has to accelerate and decelerate smoothly and stand rock solid - any jiggle at 100 feet will be greatly exaggerated. Remember that the star talent will be standing right in this light!
"In addition," he says, "every designer wants something different from the light for a particular show, so the beam has to be flexible enough to accommodate different kinds of performances. Taking all these things into consideration, I recommended the Robert Juliat Aramis followspot because my clients can depend on it to perform in critical situations."
"Also, because Robert Juliat followspots are known and used throughout the highest levels of the entertainment industry any specifier or theater owner can be confident that Robert Juliat followspots will find instant acceptance from touring companies."
Aramis is a powerful 2500W HMI followspot with a high light output, making it ideal for long-throw venues and theatrical applications. It is equipped with high-quality optics and covered in a robust housing for prolonged use in fixed and on-the-road situations. The fixture features a 4.5-8º beam angle, silent hot re-strike ignition, B-size gobo holder and six-way boomerang color changer fitted with removable filter frames. Within its compact and efficient design all working parts are readily accessible for easy maintenance.
Kevin Smith, technical director at Merchant Hall, reports that the lights have been working great since their arrival. "I like them a lot. They're very well constructed, very easy to use - that's important when I bring in people to run lights as needed - and very easy to service. They have also been very quick with tech support, too."
About Robert Juliat
Robert Juliat is a three-generation, independent family-run company dedicated to the manufacturing of professional stage lighting products. Robert Juliat lights are used by customers who include Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, New York's Lincoln Center, LA's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Bruce Springsteen, Disney Theme Parks, Carnegie Hall, The San Francisco Opera and Ballet, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Comedie Francaise, The Sydney Opera House, 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.