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Wasn’t Derek and Julianne’s light show in their recent Move Beyond Live Tour impressive? I loved it. Live Design Online has a cool article published which describes how they put it together. Here’s a take, but be sure to read the link for more. Fascinating stuff.
In a newspaper interview, Derek Hough described the recently concluded “Move Beyond – Live On Tour” as a “rock concert for dance.” Hough, who with sister Julianne, danced their way into the hearts of Americans on the mega TV hit Dancing With The Stars, was as spot on with that description as he’s been with his tango sidesteps. The dancing siblings coast-to-coast tour featured all of the fast paced intensity of a rock concert, including flashy costume changes, stunning scenic elements, non-stop energy and an immersive, colorful lightshow that utilized a collection of CHAUVET Professional Maverick MK2 Washes supplied by RKDE Lighting.
Peter Morse of Peter Morse Productions (South Lake Tahoe, CA), specified 14 of the RGBW moving lights. He flew the Mavericks on FOH truss and used them for center stage washing. The fixtures’ wide zoom (7-49°) allowed them to cover a range of areas from their center stage position, while their 16 bit dimming provided smooth control of fades.
“The Mavericks performed well…quite bright; good color; great zoom range,” said Morse, who designed the tour’s impressive lightshow with a rig that fit into two trucks. One of the keys to Morse’s design were the smooth color changes – or “color morphing” that he created to reflect the different moods that ran through the show, which was choreographed by Derek and Julianne Hough in collaboration with choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo, also known as NappyTabs.
Wow! Only a couple of more shows left of “World Of Dance”. What a fun summer it’s been full of phenomenal dancing…and JUDGING by Derek! So you know the routine for tonight’s show. Miss Heidi and I will be any photos and videos that might come out with Derek. Let us know what you thought of Derek in comments….and his gorgeous SUIT. I can’t get enough. Thanks, Everyone!
It’s very possible that this interview was posted a long time ago on this site, but when Dee sent it to me today I read it again and it was quite a treat! Plus, he’s on his way to London so it’s convenient timing. Thanks Dee! How young he looks – gorgeous as always though. I’ve put an excerpt below, but go to Shenton Stage to read the whole thing.
Romantic complications: During his Latin championship dancing days, he had six dancing partners in turn. “That’s a lot – normally people don’t have that many, but what happened is that I outgrew the first three, and the last two I fell deeply and madly in love with, and that always goes wrong! When you’re travelling with each other, you’re going to these places in great romantic settings and earning good money; we were having fun and the time of our lives, but it broke my heart. I was devastated for a while!” But he’s not single now: “I have a beautiful, stunning talented girlfriend who is actually in Las Vegas right now, where I should be, too. I bought us some tickets there for a two week holiday when I didn’t know we were going to be here in the West End ! But I told her to go – she’s never been to America , and my mom has a beautiful house up on the mountain. She’s going to have a blast!”
Panto and flying cars: Derek found a different home for his talents in the theatre. “I hadn’t done the theatre thing till two years ago, so I went to do a pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, at Windsor . Wayne Sleep was in it, and I was the last guy on the left and I also played the giant. I was 18.” Then he then made his West End debut in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, appearing in the show for its final six months at the London Palladium. “I was the last guy on the left again. It was pretty crazy – it wasn’t my type of show, really, but I enjoyed it thoroughly.” Then he played the title role in an amateur production of Jesus Christ Superstar – “for the experience, because I love the music so much” – and in the midst of that, there was a round of auditions for Footloose: “They were just changing a few guys for the last tour, and I went up for it but I didn’t get it, actually. But the next time around, I’d improved a lot since then, and I was seen again, and this time they wanted me! I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity and I want to do it as much justice as I possibly can, to my greatest power.”
Don’t miss reading this fun new interview with Derek at The Knockturnal. He talks on the importance of TV and how it’s brought attention to dance and more. Thanks to Linz to the find.
Can you speak about the importance of the medium of TV and really bringing dance out there? I feel like these shows have really made it super relevant.
Derek: It’s educated American as well. I think dancing was kind of a niche thing and only a select few kind of appreciated it and understood it and liked it. Because you like what you understand, you know what I mean? And I think that now over years now if I go ask somebody in the street, “Hey, do you know what a Paso Doble is?” They’re like, “Yeah!” Before they’d be like, “Wait, what? Are you swearing at me? What’s happening?” So it’s great that America’s been educated in the past decade and now they can watch World of Dance and appreciate the athleticism, they can appreciate the technicality, they can appreciate not just the wow factor but the actual work that goes into it. Which I think is why it’s being received so well. So, it’s awesome.