Venezuela. Justin Quiles' latest hit single "La Botella" has inspired a challenge among his legion of devoted fans that calls them to dance to the rhythm of this song with a bottle on their heads without it falling.
While his fans can accomplish this feat with varying degrees of success, maintaining a sense of balance seems to come naturally to this Puerto Rico-born star, not only in his smooth movements on stage, but also in the way he balances different musical influences in his reggaeton sound.
Both were on full display this December when Quiles made his first Venezuelan appearance in six years, giving a concert, with the production by Oz Shows, at the Santa María University in Caracas.
Moving effortlessly with him throughout his 16-song set was a vividly colorful light show designed by Jeremy Danis of Oz Shows, with production by Edgar Figuera and programming by Milton de la Cruz that featured 50 chauveT Professional props.
The anchor of the platform was its 24 Rogue R1 FX-B accessories. The RGBW linear units, each with independently mapped and controlled five-pixel moving heads, were placed on an upper frame grid that spanned the entire width of the stage.
Some of these luminaires were hung on horizontally oriented beams, while others were placed in vertical lines. This configuration opened up a wide range of design options, something Danis and the production team took full advantage of by orienting the independent moving heads in multiple directions.
At times, the design team had turned off some of the FX-B luminaires, while other units glowed brightly. Choreographed in different patterns overhead, the props flowed seamlessly with the gentle movements of Quiles and his dancers, while at the same time adding an immersive vertical dimension to the stage. Their intense output (6,008 lux at five meters) along with their narrow beam angle allowed them to pass through other light sources and atmospheres.
Adding to the boldness of the design, while creating a powerful accompaniment for Quiles' performance were the platform's 14 STRIKE 4 accessories. The warm white glow of these high-performance units also helped create an immersive atmosphere for selected songs.
Also included in the platform were 12 COLORado Batten Quad 6 luminaires. Like the five moving heads of the Rogue R1 FX-B, the six RGBA LEDs of this linear wash can be controlled individually, a feature that generated even more design opportunities for the OZ Shows team.
Balancing these many creative options with as much dexterity as the best dancer at La Botella, they delivered a light show that moved with the artist's elegant silkiness on stage.