ETC’s Halcyon fixtures illuminate la Comédie-Française

Photo credit to: Salle Richelieu, coll. Comédie-Française.

ETC’s automated fixtures range, Halcyon, has been installed within the renowned Parisian theatre, la Comédie-Française.

A total of 27 Halcyon Platinum fixtures and 12 Halcyon Gold fixtures were integrated at the famous venue. A cultural institution, la Comédie-Française is the only French national theatre to have a permanent drama troupe which has been the same since 1680; a lighting system upgrade was necessary to ensure that the luminary quality of the space was just as iconic as the venue itself.

Sales Manager for France, Nicolas Da Canal, commented: “la Comédie-Française already has ETC’s High End Systems SolaFrame Studio, SolaFrame 2000 and SolaFrame 3000 moving lights installed which have been particularly appreciated for their colour-mixing quality. The team at the theatre were therefore happy to again proceed with High End Systems automated lights in their process of further transitioning to LED.”

The Halcyon Gold fixtures have been integrated into the over-stage rig on the first electric position and the Halcyon Platinum fixtures are further upstage at higher trim heights.

“The advantage of the Platinum is that even in the High Fidelity version, you still get 38,000 lumens as standard, and up to 46,000 when you use the boost mode. That is less than the 70,000 lumens of the Ultra-Bright version, but it’s enough to make the fixture very versatile. And above all, the High-Fidelity engine has a CCT of 6000 K, which is close to HMI sources making this move over to LED a little smoother,” added Da Canal.

The High End Systems Halcyon range consists of Halcyon Gold, Titanium and Platinum, three sizes of luminaire with matching feature sets, exceptional colours and an increased output all at a reduced cost.

Additionally, they come in two LED engine options: Ultra-Bright or High Fidelity. The Ultra-Bright version, which, as its name suggests, favours output for concert and event applications, while the High Fidelity version focuses more on colour rendering making it a popular choice for TV, theatre and opera.

B-Live, one of ETC’s commercial partners in France, delivered the fixtures to la Comédie-Française. They were installed during the summer break and the venue has recently re-opened with the new equipment, allowing audiences to witness the stunning theatre in a whole new light.