Moscow’s premier playhouse, the Theatre of Nations, has undergone a major five-year renovation, which culminated in a star-studded opening ceremony last month. Russian pro-audio and lighting specialists, Doka Center, installed an APG loudspeaker system based around the manufacturer’s DS Series. Further renovation will take place in 2012 which will include more APG kit, concentrating on the theatre’s smaller hall. The Theatre of Nations is housed in the former Korsh theatre that was built back in 1855 on land belonging to the millionaire Bajhrushin merchant family, and the building was renamed after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Its re-opening was marked by a visit from Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, who, in accordance with an old theatre tradition, was asked to hammer into the stage a silver ruble minted in the year the theatre was founded. Putin obliged, and rounded off his visit with an impromptu turn on the piano. Doka Center’s head of sound, Sergei Yurchenko, says he specified an APG system because he had complete confidence in both the products and the company. “We have a vast experience of the brand and we know that we can always deliver a top quality solution using their products, especially as we can accurately predict the results using EASE software,” he reveals. “For the Theatre of Nations, we decided on a main system based around DS15s around the proscenium arch because it’s an extremely versatile cabinet with a lot of flying/hanging options, and it offers superb sound reproduction. We opted for the compact MX1 for delays and fills.” Six DS15s were deployed for the main system configured as a central cluster of two, plus two more per side; and there are a further two DS15s hidden on a balcony, dedicated to acoustic effects. Each of the twelve private boxes is equipped with an MX1 in white, and a further eight MX1s are deployed for front fills. The stage monitoring system comprises a further two DS15s supplemented by four MX4s, and a BM3000C cabinet per side handles stage effects. For low frequency reinforcement, two TB218S subs were specified.
The entire system is driven by Lab.gruppen dedicated installation C Series amplifiers with APG processing throughout.