FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – After completing a $60 million renovation project that earned universally positive reviews, the management team at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts might have been forgiven for resting on their laurels. However, accepting anything less than perfection has never quite been the way things are done at this multi-venue theater and entertainment complex, which sits on 5.5 acres of palm tree-lined riverfront property in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
Occupying a gracefully balanced modernistic building designed by American Institute of Architecture Gold Medal winner Benjamin C. Thompson, the center has become one of the most popular theater venues in the US by combining its stunningly attractive setting with a richly diverse range of theatrical, entertainment and event offerings. So when management felt that the lighting in the center’s newly built ballroom needed to go beyond what a conventional system could deliver, they didn’t hesitate to search for something more impactful and flexible. This is exactly what they found in a collection of Rogue R1 Spot LED moving fixtures from CHAUVET Professional.
“We had just completed the renovation project, which included the construction of this new multi-purpose ballroom event space,” recalled Lucas Bonewits, Production Supervisor at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. “Upon completion of the project, we began looking at our lighting options in the ballroom. Conventional lighting worked well, but it was missing that flair that so many weddings, parties, and media events desire – and that this venue deserves.”
The center’s team contacted their vendor Miami Stagecraft to discuss their wish for upgraded lighting. “After speaking with us, our vendor arranged a demonstration of a variety of Chauvet moving head fixtures,” said Bonewits. “After the demo, it became very evident that given our needs the Rogue R1s were the direction to go. In fact we felt so certain about the Rogues that we doubled our order so we could have them in our inventory for one of our other ancillary spaces.”
Bonewits positioned 12 Rogue R1 Spot fixtures evenly spaced around the center of the ballroom. “We felt that positioning the Rogues this way would give us as much flexibility and coverage as possible,” he said. “We have great variety of functions, events and shows in this space and each has slightly different lighting needs. One of the good things about the Rogues is that they have the flexibility to meet all the different demands we encounter. We use them in several ways: as wall washes, stage washes and lighting the crowd, among other things.”
The Rogue R1 Spot features a rotating 3-facet prism, seven interchangeable gobos, 16.5° beam angle, and motorized iris and focus for beam shaping. According to Bonewits, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts has drawn on these and other features of the Chauvet moving fixture to create a variety of looks for the ballroom’s diverse range of functions.
“We felt that a ballroom that’s a part of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts should be able to deliver a certain flair to any function or event,” said Bonewits. “People expect that from this institution, and the Rogues help us deliver that kind of excitement.”