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Clear-Com IP Solutions Helped Pave the Way for World Premiere of Sound of the Silk Road in Xi’an, China

Wed 27, 10 2021

ALAMEDA, USA – Oct 21, 2021 – Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment (NWE) partnered with Shaanxi Tourism Group’s, Legend Performances, for the world premiere of the musical, The Sound of the Silk Road, at the Shanxi Grand Theatre in Xi’an, China this summer. Given that key members of NWE would be required to participate remotely, the communications solution was of immense importance to producers, who turned to Beijing-based, Panda Dream Quan Cultural Development Co., Ltd (磐德泉文化发展有限公司, PDQ), for consultation about their on-site and remote production needs. For the rehearsals and the world premiere, PDQ supplied a comprehensive Clear-Com® system with a combination of FreeSpeak II® Digital Wireless Intercom, HelixNet® Digital Network Partyline, LQ® Series of IP Interfaces, Agent-IC® Mobile App, and the newly released Station-IC™ Virtual Desktop Client.

The Sound of the Silk Road commemorates the city of Xi’an as the origin of the Silk Road—a network of trade routes connecting China with Europe and the Middle East—during the Han Dynasty over 2000 years ago. The production is a culmination of the world’s best Chinese and American Broadway artists that brings ancient Chinese culture onto the modern stage. It features acrobats, musicians, magicians, and life-size puppets, the synchronization of which, requires incredible coordination and communication between teams.

“The producers paid a lot of attention to the communication solution for this show,” explained PDQ’s Project Leader, Ye Lynn. “They requested a reliable wireless system for onsite use that also satisfied their need for multiple channels and point-to-point communication.”

A combination of HelixNet and FreeSpeak II were deployed in the Ankang Theatre for rehearsals, and then in the Shanxi Grand Theatre for the premiere, with FreeSpeak II transceivers strategically placed for optimal coverage throughout the spaces. The system was used in conjunction with HXII-BP HelixNet 2-channel full-duplex digital beltpacks, HKB-2X HelixNet 4-channel speaker stations and HRM-4X HelixNet 4-channel remote stations.

“Existing COVID restrictions complicated our communications needs for the timing of the premiere,” Ye Lynn continued. “Team members from Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, design team members in Germany, as well as performers and various other contributors based all around the world could not travel to China to participate in rehearsals, so their contributions had to be made remotely.”

To address the production’s remote needs, LQ was integrated into the onsite FreeSpeak II and HelixNet configuration. Remote users with the Agent-IC mobile app onto their smart devices or the Station-IC client on their Windows or MacOS desktop could connect to LQ over IP to access the onsite comms network in the theatre from their locations in New York, Germany and more.

“The combination of LQ with Agent-IC and Station-IC successfully solved the remote problem by allowing international contributors to communicate as if they were all in the same room,” said Ye Lynn. “Clear-Com’s new Station-IC is an exceptional product—the desktop app provided a flawless solution, and we will definitely be purchasing more licenses in the near future!”

The musical has experienced major success with Chinese audiences since its premiere in August 2021, and in 2022 it will take permanent residence in a purpose-built theatrical venue in Xi’an’s new theme park, Silk Road Paradise, followed by an international tour.

About Clear-Com®

Clear-Com, an HME company, is a trusted global provider of professional real-time communications solutions and services since 1968. We innovate market proven technologies that link people together through wired and wireless systems.

Clear-Com was first to market portable wired intercom systems for live performances. Since then, our history of technological advancements and innovations has delivered significant improvements to the way people collaborate in professional settings where real-time communication matters. For the markets we serve — broadcast, live performance, live events, sports, military, aerospace and government– our communication products have consistently met the demands for high quality audio, reliability, scalability and low latency, while addressing communication requirements of varying size and complexity.

Our reputation in the industry is not only based on our product achievements, but also on our consistent level of customer engagement and dedication to delivering the right solutions for specialized applications, with the expertise to make it work. Around the globe and across markets, Clear-Com’s innovations and solutions have received numerous awards and recognitions for ingenuity and impact to customers.

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