A dLive performance at Gandersheimer Domfestspiele
GERMANY: In 1952, the town of Bad Gandersheim in Lower Saxony held celebrations for the 1,100-year anniversary of the founding of its monastery by Duke Liudolf of Saxony. The jubilee festivities included a performance of the historical play, The Song of Gandersheim, which was staged in the town’s market square. These commemorations would go on to pave the way for an annual tradition, which would begin seven years later in 1959 and runs still today: Gandersheimer Domfestspiele.
The largest professional theatre festival in Lower Saxony, Gandersheimer Domfestspiele takes place each summer for an entire month on the plaza in front of Bad Gandersheim’s Gandersheim Abbey church, attracting more than 50,000 attendees. During the recent 58th edition of the festival, which saw performances of The Cherry Orchard, Highway to Hellas, Judas, The Three Musketeers, Lönneberga and The Comedian Harmonists, Light-house Göttingen GmbH was called upon to manage the A/V requirements of the festival for the third consecutive year.
Light-house rolled out its Allen & Heath dLive system for the festival. This comprised a dLive S5000 Control Surface and DM48 MixRack as well as multiple DM32 expander racks that made use of 16 analogue outputs to manage the audio for the 69 shows that were performed throughout the month.
‘I had quite a few scenes set up for the show, and there were several occasions where scenes had to change during a song,’ recalls FOH engineer, Rolf Dressler. ‘dLive’s processing is so quick, there were no problems at all. I’ve used every digital console on the market but dLive is the only one to realise its full potential. The sound is also amazing! I’ve been a sound engineer for 30 years but I have never heard such a warm and honest sound.’