Dubai (July 13, 2006)–As part of their recent 2005-06, inter-continental tour of major performing arts venues, the world-renowned Shaolin Monks included a stop at the Madinath Jumeirah MPV Arena (Dubai, U.A.E.). The production is based upon the historical Shaolin Monks who practiced martial arts as devoted Buddhist monks, living in the Shaolin Temple that has become popular in Chinese history, folklore, literature and movies. Vibe Entertainment L.L.C., promoters for the show, turned to Sun Light & Sound to supply lights, sound and audio-visual support.
A JBL VerTec VT4888 midsize line array system with Crown power amplification was provided, supported by VT4880 full-size subwoofers. Signal processing from BSS, dbx, and Lexicon rounded out the audio package.
Left, center, right and surround audio channels for the choreographed theatrical production were routed from an 8-track Akai S6000 sampler. Each main left/right array included 10 VT4888 line array elements flown, with five supporting VT4880 subwoofers positioned directly below each suspended main array. Crown MA3600 and MA5002VZ amplifiers were employed. JBL EON-15 compact powered systems were discreetly positioned throughout the venue’s ceiling to support the multi-channel audio requirements.
“As a theatrical show, the Shaolin Monks’ touring production had some stringent requirements as regards sound, lights and staging,” noted Tariq Khalid, technical director for Sun Light & Sound Productions in Dubai. “We converted the arena into a large virtual theatre space.”
Seven sets of curtain legs, borders, and fly-tracks were set up. This presented a masked, 18 meter by 9 meter high (58 x 29.5 foot) proscenium-arch stage opening in the multi-purpose arena. “The overall effect of the event audio was very different from normal concert PA applications,” continued Khalid. “This production gave the audience an experience more like a movie theater, with sound encompassing listeners from all directions. Overall, this show demonstrated the versatility and the challenges that we can take up at Sun Light & Sound, in terms of complex audio productions.”