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grandMA : Japanese Carmen

Fabrice Kebour realised the lighting design for the Carmen performances in Tokyo and Nagoya using grandMA only.

Carmen is a French opéra comique by Georges Bizet, based on the novella of the same name by Prosper Mérimée, first published in 1845. The opera premiered at the Opéra-Comique of Paris on 3 March 1875. Now 134 years later, Carmen is one of the world's most performed and loved operas and has experienced multiple interpretations.

Photo: Takashi Iijima

One really memorable performance was recently staged at the Hyogo Performing Arts Centre, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and at the Aichi Art Theatre in Nagoya. Fabrice Kebour realised the lighting design for the performance (directed by Jean-Louis Martinoty), using a grandMA full-size console and grandMA onPC as backup, plus 2 x MA NSPs (Network Signal Processors).

Photo: Takashi Iijima

“The theatre owned several lighting boards, and as I planned on using their moving light system extensively, I chose the grandMA.” says Kebour. “The concept was quite minimalist - an area with big windows and a wall that would move into different positions creating different spaces. Part of the concept was also to give a clear colour identity to each act. It was important to feel the space, and to light the full volume of the stage which was quite big. I took advantage of all the opportunities of letting the light come in from a single direction, very often giving it a sense of hitting the walls. Carmen is set in Spain, so a massive amount of light washes everything creating big contrasts.” 

Photo: Takashi Iijima

“For the more intimate interior scene of the inn, I created a more scattered lighting effect,” Kebour continues. “The outside of the inn was bathed in moon light, while the interior was warm and colourful, with low angles to give a real sense of being indoors.”

Programmer Paul Collison summed up his grandMA experiences in one final sentence: “For me as an operator, MA is the only way!!”

The equipment was owned by the Hyogo Performing Arts Centre. Atelier Japan Ltd. is the distributor of MA Lighting in Japan.