Chroma-Q Lights Monash Performing Arts Precinct

Chroma-Q Monash Alexander Theatre

Silence is not always a requirement for a new light fitting but in some circumstances it is vital.

It was a ‘must-have’ feature for the new lighting installed as part of a major redevelopment of the Alexander Theatre at Melbourne’s Monash University.

The first part of the four-year project was the revamping of the Alexander Theatre, which has been part of the Monash performing arts precinct for 50 years. It has undergone a total refurbishment, expanding the precinct from one theatre to include a new Sound Gallery and Jazz Club as well.

A key feature of the redevelopment was the installation of an ‘Active Acoustic’ system, and it is this system that set the prerequisite for the lighting rig, according to Russell Proud, Technical Manager at the Monash Academy of Performing Arts.

“The system’s sophistication meant it required the right type of light fitting, and the critical part is that the house lights have to be acoustically silent,” Mr Proud says.

“Any noise from them during operation would be amplified because of the acoustics of the system.” Performing Arts Precinct/Monash-Alexander-Theatre-1.jpg?u=1SM5Gr

Chroma-Q Inspire LED house lighting, distributed by stage lighting specialists, Jands, were chosen. Already successfully installed in the Alexander Theatre, the same lights will be included throughout the rest of the new Centre.

Mr Proud said the features of the light ensured they met the needs of the project team including the acoustic consultant, design team and architect. The theatre is used for all types of performing arts such as concerts, musicals, opera, drama, dance concerts, along with university presentations and functions.

“After it was completely gutted, the whole building was redeveloped, from increasing the seating to a brand-new orchestra pit, a new fly system, lighting infrastructure and everything else as well.”
“The Sound Gallery and Jazz Club will be completed next year and we will be using the same Chroma-Q Inspire LED lights in there too.”

The whole complex will now be known as The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts, in acknowledgement of the major donor, Sir Ian Potter, one of Victoria’s most visionary business leaders and philanthropists.

Chroma-Q Monash Alexander Theatre

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