Thirty years ago Russian theatre director and designer Oleg Tabakov, along with set designer David Borovsky, established an alternative theatre in a small, damp Moscow basement.
Despite often challenging times under the Soviet regime, the company thrived and Tabakov has just opened a brand new, 400-capacity venue, the Stage at Sukharevskaya features an L-Acoustics loudspeaker system.
Operating in tandem with the original basement venue – now named The Stage at Chistye Prudy – a key aim of the new venue was to continue the sense of intimacy, which was familiar in the original venue, yet allow it the flexibility to stage any kind of performance.
To achieve this, distributor Sonoruss, supplied the L-Acoustics elements for the first Vivace acoustic enhancement system in a Russian theatre system, installed by Salzbrenner StageTec.
Igor Novikov, technical installation director at Sonoruss, says: “Installing L-Acoustics with our Vivace system was a real breakthrough for a fairly conservative drama theatre. It opens up completely new possibilities for any production’s director, sound engineer and the audience, without physically altering the venue to change its acoustics.”
The L-Acoustics loudspeakers used in conjunction with the Vivace system comprise 16 5XT, 12 8XT and 16 12XT, placed around the perimeter of the auditorium.
The loudspeakers are almost invisible, with most being concealed behind decorative, acoustically-transparent panels and all being custom-painted by L-Acoustics. Liliya Gainutdinova, the company’s brand manager for Russia, says: “The fact that our loudspeakers can be painted in any RAL colour is very convenient for venues where aesthetics are very important.”