Veteran lighting designer Jeff Croiter recently deployed Martin by HARMAN lighting fixtures to create a new and contemporary lighting design for the Big Apple Circus.
Established in 1977, the Big Apple Circus has been a mainstay outside Manhattan’s Lincoln Center for decades, and has also traveled to countless cities on tour. In 2017, the circus was purchased by BigTop Works, who decided to update Big Apple’s traditional circus presentation to a Broadway-like spectacle. Management hired veteran Broadway lighting designer Jeff Croiter, who’s resume includes Penn & Teller, Something Rotten, Peter and the Starcatcher, Newsies, Bandstand, Jerry Springer the Opera, Falsettos, The Pee-Wee Herman Show, Jekyll and Hyde and more, to create a bold and modern lighting design for the revamped show. Partnering with leading lighting vendor Christie Lites, Croiter designed a powerful and versatile lighting rig that features a range of Martin lighting solutions, including Martin MAC Axiom Hybrid fixtures, MAC Aura washes, and MAC Viper Profile fixtures.
“We wanted the show to look incredibly stylized and sleek, like a modern circus-but not dark or uninviting,” said Croiter. “Martin fixtures were a key part of the lighting design, and their versatility and durability were really helpful in creating the vibe that the circus wanted.”
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