Clusters of light

02 October, 2014

Having only six months to produce a stunning musical extravaganza telling the story of the Prophet Muhammad, creating the 90 minute production Clusters of Light presented a challenge for international creative project company Multiple Spinifex.

With the main protagonist unable to appear on stage in human form as it would go against Islamic convention, the Prophet Muhammad is represented by lighting effects and visual content in this ground breaking production that chronicles his birth, the journey to Mecca and the beginning of Islam.

The international team assembled to create this elaborate production included renowned production director Nick Levitt, Piers Shepperd, technical director of the 2012 Olympic opening and closing ceremonies, and director Gavin Robbins who described the show as the most technically advanced and dramatic show he has worked on.

Creative Technology (CT) was brought in to provide the specialist projection, content management and signal distribution expertise required. 25 Panasonic DZ21K projectors, each driven by a channel of VYV’s Photon using CT’s newest S10 high specification media servers, covered a total projected area in excess of 1,750m². This encompassed the stage surface, upstage rear wall cyc and all four vertical faces of a tracking and rotating 10 tonne 7m x 9m x 10m scenic cube. All signal feeds were 1920 x 1080 60p HDSDi 3G and distributed over a bi-directional fibre network with 100% redundancy.

Projector alignment via Photon, particularly for the tracking and rotating cube, was maintained and managed using eight OptiTrack motion capture IR cameras.

Commissioned by His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, ruler of Sharjah, this show was produced to celebrate the Emirate of Sharjah being named the cultural capital of the Islamic world for 2014. A new open-air amphitheatre with an audience capacity of 4,500 was built on Al Majaz Island in a lagoon in downtown Sharjah especially for Clusters of Light.