The 6,700 seat Chimelong Theatre, designed by entertainment architecture studio Stufish, opened in July this year, becoming the most recent addition to the Zhuhai Changlong Resort in Hengqin Island and featuring an L-Acoustics sound system.
Architecturally, the building uses a circus tent theme to inform its rolling external facade, which dominates a large and colourful two-level plaza. In terms of production, the venue’s ‘Dragon Show’ brings together over 300 performance artists from 20 countries across Europe, Asia, and Africa. It combines cutting-edge technology and traditional circus performance on a 270-degree panoramic ring stage to tell the mythological stories of Zhuhai fishermen; it is a fully immersive reinterpretation with the action taking place both on stage and within the audience.
The sound system was provided by Rightway Audio consultants.
“Early in the process, the theatre’s production and sound design crew had a good idea of what they wanted to achieve,” said Rightway’s WenZhen Zhan. “First, they wanted to enhance the audience experience by providing audio that tracks with the moving stage positions of the performers and also they wanted the ability to move sound objects across the comprehensive overheads and surround system. Second, they wanted exceptional clarity and intelligibility.”
On the first inspection of the facility, Rightway also found that the significant water-based elements of the show and the high humidity in the venue needed consideration – one of the reasons why L-Acoustics K2, with its IP45 rating, was chosen as the primary element.
The full system consists of 48 K2 in four hangs across the stage front, with 12 KS28 subwoofers flown centrally. 55 X12s account for monitoring and the entire system is powered by LAX12 amplified controllers. The system makes uses of the L-ISA multichannel audio processor which provides spatial audio processing and object-based mixing facilities for the system. DiGiCo SD10 consoles were chosen for the front of house and monitor duties, the console’s native L-ISA Source Control allowing the system to be controlled directly from the console’s surface.
With assistance from L-Acoustics Alvin Koh, Rightway used L-Acoustics Soundvision software to design the system. “We had a lot of help from L-Acoustics,” said Chimelong’s AV team. “L-Acoustics was very hands-on, with detailed training and support at the theatre, which really impressed the theatre’s staff.”
YuLong He, sound supervisor at the Chimelong Hengqin Theatre, added: “It is the first time that we have used L-Acoustics products, but they provided excellent system training, which helps us to be even more professional. It is the dream of every sound engineer to own and use the world’s most cutting-edge audio system and L-Acoustic is indeed the world’s top professional audio system manufacturer.
“The Zhuhai Changlong Resort is a very special place,” concluded He. “In its first nine months it attracted over eight million visitors and the Dragon Show at the new Chimelong Theatre will surely keep them coming back for more.”