The Gdańsk Shakespeare Theatre in Poland has completed construction with a flexible d&b audiotechnik sound reinforcement system in what is a landmark install for Polish theatre.
The venue, designed by Renatto Rizzi, an Italian architect and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice, is the first to be built in Poland in almost 40 years and took three years to construct. It is located on the site of a 17th century wooden playhouse known to have hosted theatrical performances from the early 1600s.
The theatre is also highly mobile and can accommodate various stage configurations: a proscenium arch, or, more typical of the era, in the round; and with the only retractable theatre roof in the world, the venue can also transform into a traditional open air environment.
d&b distributor Konsbud Audio was responsible for providing a technical solution to support the flexibility of the theatre. “Our engineers paid special attention to two aspects,” explained Piotr Jankiewicz, director of the design and integration department at Konsbud. “First designing a mobile system to accommodate the various stage configurations, and second, to find a solution for the galleries that would ensure the audience on all three levels could comfortably hear the words of the actors, without putting too much emphasis on the sound reinforcement system.”
d&b T10s, with V-SUBs for the low end, comprise the main system, powered by D80 amplifiers. “We chose d&b audiotechnik products because the individual loudspeakers were the optimal dimensions, easy to install and offered high functionality,“ explained Jankiewicz.
“The T10s also have a patented mounting system that enables the loudspeakers to be assembled and rigged as a line array by just two people. The T10 loudspeakers can work both in line source mode and in point source mode. So the same loudspeakers can provide, during one performance, a line array system, and at another, they can be used individually as point sources for the purpose of sound reinforcement in the auditorium. Furthermore, the system can be freely reconfigured and adjusted to fit the needs of a specific play or performance, or, if necessary, completely dismantled.”
For the audience seated in the galleries, small 4S loudspeakers are discreetly installed into the ceiling above each of the three levels, colour matched and incorporated in special housings to sensitively integrate with the architecture inside the hall.