On film sets, in TV, and at photo studios, ARRI SkyPanels have long been established as a high-quality light source. But the qualities of the multifunctional LED soft lights are also increasingly appreciated in theaters. In Vienna’s renowned Burgtheater, one of Europe’s most important theatres with around 1,200 seats, 20 SkyPanels S60-C are currently lighting Simon Stone’s celebrated “Medea” production.
The Australian-Swiss director sets his retelling of Greek poet Euripides’s two and a half thousand year-old tragedy about a murderous, revengeful woman in the present day. For this reason, he dispenses with antique decoration and instead relies on a minimalist stage set entirely in white. The white floor merges, via alcoves, into white walls. Against this background, the actors, the black ashes, and the artificial blood at the finale come dramatically into play. At the same time, these plain surfaces serve as screens for projections.