Jordan’s Amman Academy is renowned in Jordan for its academic excellence. During 2021, a brand-new theatre space was constructed, with a view to offering students and educators a world-class, professional performance facility. It was officially opened in early 2022.
The Academy’s team approached Amman-based International New Technical Est. (INTE), a systems integrator specializing in theatre installations, to ensure that the new theatre would have the best in lighting and control options to showcase the students’ work. Its lighting solution needed to be adaptable, encourage creativity, and provide reliable workhorse and effects fixtures. INTE’s Project Manager, Hashem Nazzal, specified a Strand NEO console for control, with the Vari-Lite VL2600 SPOT on color-rich effects duty.
“One of the most important requirements of this project was flexibility and effects options, and the VL2600 SPOT offers this and so much more, including fast and accurate movement and fast color switching,” says Nazzal, who also served as electrical engineer on the project. “We demoed the VL2600 SPOT and discussed the importance of professional lighting in theatre, if they wanted to achieve the best, and the owners reacted positively.”
In total, more than 92 fixtures from the Signify stable were specified, including the Strand variable beam PLPROFILE1 MKII, energy-efficient PLCYC1 MKII LED cyc luminaire, and the powerful honeycomb color-rich Vari-Lite SL PUNCHLITE 220.
Strand’s NEO CONSOLE is providing intuitive, powerful control options, matched with the eight-port DMX node. “We have been working with Strand consoles for very long time and they have our full confidence,” Nazzal continues. “Strand products are very reliable, made to work for long hours, in addition to being a world leader in developing the technologies in this industry. NEO is simple to use and offers many ways to achieve the same goal. The ability to expand it is also a great added value. Vari-Lite and Strand are the quality that people trust.”
The Vari-Lite and Strand products join a host of professional AV equipment in the new theatre space, which seats more than 430 people.