A. R. Rahman Brings New Stage Technology, Indian Culture To Journey Home Tour
A. R. Rahman is a lucky guy. Not only has he blown away his competition as a composer/producer/artist, heâ€™s brought in a tour staff that is pushing the limits of stage technology for his Â“A. R. Rahman Jai Ho Concert: The Journey Home World Tour.Â”
Directing the way is Amy Tinkham. She is no joke. Sheâ€™s done Madonna, Mariah Carey and Paul McCartneyâ€™s road shows. â€œAlthough the tour is called Journey Home, what weâ€™re putting on stage is brand new,â€ she says. â€œIts one of the great works of my life.â€
And her team is excited too. In fact, the work that is being done has actually never been done before.
â€œWeâ€™re going to point projectors on [the set] to do whatâ€™s called projection mapping,â€ says tour, video designer Bob Bonniol. â€œWeâ€™re going to use projection on top of the set to make the set appear in as many ways as you can imagine. You can make it appear to be shifting and changing shape. Or you can give it an appearance of vegetation growing all over it.â€
Of course all this video makes the lighting tricky too. Designer Peter Morrison laments â€œwe canâ€™t light this like a rock show. This is going to be very theatrical and very dynamic.â€
And what does A. R. think of all this? â€œ[The tour has] my music and its got visuals of Indian culture in a very western-sensibility. â€¦ All of you deserve to see something more of India. That is what weâ€™re trying to give you.â€