Britannia Row Rocks Royal Albert Hall with Amaluna

Photo: Maria Zhytnikova

Amaluna, Cirque du Soleil’s latest conceptual presentation, played to packed houses at the Royal Albert Hall, with the sound equipment supplied by Britannia Row Productions.

“It’s a powerful rock driven score, featuring a traditional bass, drums and guitars band alongside some electronic elements,” commented the show’s Head of Sound, Matthew Steuart.

Britrow supplied the same L-Acoustics Kara PA system used in the Amaluna show last year, following simulations in Soundvision to check coverage. Steuart continued: “Amaluna has a circular acrobatic grid so we were able to essentially wrap the PA around the grid, six hangs of Kara with the addition of the latest KS28 subs for the desired low end weight.”

While the circular nature of the loudspeaker deployment lends itself to the Albert Hall’s audience space, putting low end energy into the air has to be carefully managed. “We chose to fly a sub array just up from centre that consists of four KS28’s and two K1-SB’s. Centrally locating the sub array allowed us to steer the low end down vertically but still capitalise on the subs omnidirectional tendencies to horizontally spread the low end across the entire seating area.”