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New dance centre illuminated by ETC Congo jr

A new dance centre on the south coast of England has installed a control desk and lighting fixtures from ETC.

The Pavilion Dance centre in Bournemouth, England has just opened, with a raft of new equipment from ETC, including six Selador Vivid-R LED fixtures.

The kit, which was supplied by Audio Light Systems, also includes an ETC Congo jr control desk with fader wing, Source Four Zoom luminaires, two Sensor dimmer racks and a non-dim control panel custom built for the project by ETC at their factory in the US.

“We originally specified another manufacturer’s LED wash lights two years ago,” said Andy Stone, the theatre consultant who worked on the project for Drama by Design. “But by the time we came to place the order, Selador had been released by ETC – and they worked out cheaper and better. I like the light output and excellent colour rendering, as well as the smooth dimming and excellent range of lenses – so I’m busy specifying them on a number of different projects across the UK.

The idea behind the project was to create a regional dance centre for the south west of England. Housed in a rear part of the Pavilion Theatre – an art deco theatre built in the 1920s – design problems arose from the building’s listed status, which meant the ceiling and walls were out of bounds for hanging and fixing. The solution was the use of independent columns supporting trusses with motorised lighting bars mounted on them – without any interference with the fabric of the building.

The dance centre will share technical staff with sister venues the Pavilion Theatre and Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), both of which already have Congo desks installed.