Richard Brooker (left) and Ki-Young Kim with the Cadac J-Type live production console used on Dancing Shadows. Seoul, Korea (July 27, 2007)–The new musical, Dancing Shadows, made its world premiere July 8 in South Korea, featuring a British and Korean creative team. The audio system included a 97-input Cadac J-Type live production console, supplied by Seoul Sound.
Staged by Seensee Musical Company at the Seoul Arts Centre Opera House, Dancing Shadows is an adaptation of the play, Forest Fire, by the acclaimed Korean playwright, Cha Bum-suk, written by the celebrated Chilean, Ariel Dorfmann. Music and lyrics are by Eric Woolfson of The Alan Parsons Project, with direction by Paul Garrington, lighting design by Simon Corder and sound design by Richard Brooker.
With plans to bring the show into both the U.S. and Europe over the next couple of years, this initial production was designed to match up to international standards in all respects. Brooker noted, “The musical is predominantly an orchestral piece, involving a very complex mix of textures and rhythms; it is quite brilliant musically. We have an onstage cast of 27, and the story requires a soundscape of effects to take you through the various settings. These vary enormously–hard, stark and very real, to quite strange, supernatural and dreamlike, in tune with the fairytale element. We wanted to achieve the best possible sound, and the Cadac J-Type was the natural choice.
“I am using a 97-input console, with 12 DCA masters giving 24 matrix outputs, alongside a mixture of stereo and dual programmable inputs, as well as mono inputs. One of the key things with the J-Type is that it gives us the flexibility to move the effects around to any combination of speakers without any degradation of sound quality. The main PA system is the L-Acoustics Kudo, which we configured into three separate drops per side to cover the stalls, circle and upper circle, using a total of 22 cabinets. This is complemented by a center drop of 10 L-Acoustics dV-Dosc boxes, giving us a great sound. It has been a fantastic experience, and I continue to be awed at the professionalism and dedication shown by the local sound talent here in Korea. Everyone pulled together to overcome the challenges and focus on getting everything spot-on perfect.”
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