ETC at Sao Miguel
The Teatro Ribeiragrandense in the Azores island of São Miguel has been restored to its former glory with a little help from ETC.
Portuguese dealer Luzeiro was the consultant on this project and specified a Congo jr with Master Playback Wing for the installation. Maria Alexandra Pereira Bastos, Commercial Director at Luzeiro says: “We wanted a modern, uncomplicated and economical lighting system, and we immediately thought of ETC. We are so happy with the Congo jr desk, it has surpassed all expectations. Moreover, the support we have had from the ETC team has been exceptional.”
The theatre opened in 1921 and was for decades the cultural centre of São Miguel, staging film screenings, musical acts, theatrical shows and operatic performances. The theatre even transformed into the Circo Equestre for the Portuguese Grand Circus Company’s International Equestrian Show. In recent years, however, the old theatre became run down and needed updating. It has since been reconditioned architecturally and fully reequipped.
ETC’s Regional Manager for Southern Europe, Fulvio Cotogni, says: “Working with the Teatro Ribeiragrandense was plain sailing, and we were proud to help with the restoration of this iconic building. The Congo jr is perfect for the Teatro Ribeiragrandense because its small footprint does not impose on the elegant building.
”The Congo jr combines the simplicity of classic lighting control systems with the feature rich functionality of a moving lights desk in a compact, modular solution. With the full functionality of the larger Congo and operating the same powerful software, as well as an optional add-on Master Playback Wing, which adds 40 faders and two LCDs for full playback capability and complete control of all masters and Direct Selects, Congo jr is the ideal lighting desk for the Teatro Ribeiragrandense.