Pacific heat management system a winner for the Mariinsky Theatre

Resident Lighting Designer chooses Selecon Pacifics

In 2003 the city of Sankt-Petersburg in Russia celebrated its 300th anniversary and what better way for the historic Mariinsky Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, home of the world-famous Kirov Opera and Ballet to commemorate the occasion than with the installation of new, well over-due Selecon Pacific zoomspot ballet booms!

The promise of performances by such prestigious ballet companies as the Royal Ballet, London; the New York City Ballet and the Hamburg Ballet as part of the festivities, provided just the push that Vladimir Lukasevich, the Mariinsky's Resident Lighting Designer and renowned lighting designer had been looking for. With support from his colleagues from the visiting ballet companies the funding to replace the old, ill-equipped ballet booms was granted.

As with most venues the ability to multi-task is vital and as the booms would have to be multi-purpose - Opera as well as the Ballet; the Pacific zoomspots fit the bill in all respects.

So, why choose the Pacific? Vladimir Lukasevich explains:
"Generally, the compact size of the 1kW luminaire and the fact that the light output is better and more effective then some 1.2kW units. However, the main reason for the Pacific choice rather than, say for example a Source Four is that the S4 was designed in the US for 120V mains power but we have 220V in Russia. As the light output is proportional to current in square, we have less to work with than our American or Japanese Lighting Designers from the same type of lamp. We have a big stage and cannot effectively use lamps with 575watt or even 750watt; we have to have at least 1kW. As well as these reasons, the Pacific's heat management system means that lamps and gels last longer."

Lukasevich is one of the original converts to the Pacific range, specifying and installing them in the Mariinsky Academic Opera and Ballet House shortly after their introduction to the market. They have performed well in their established FOH and Torm positions so there was no surprise that the luminaire of choice for the new ballet booms would run in the family.

In 2000 the Mariinsky Ballet performed a new version of The Nutcracker. New story and scenic design by Mihail Shemiakin, new choreography by Kiril Simonov, lighting design by Vladimir Lukasevich A production of the Opera, Don Carlos directed by Yuriy Aleksandrov, scenic design by T. Murvanidze, lighting design by Vladimir Lukasevich.


Client Mariinsky Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre
Resident Lighting Designer Vladimir Lukasevich
Mariinsky photography Natalia Razina

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