Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida

Owing to the fact that Orlando has a lot of different and very creative theme parks, it is no wonder that this city is widely known for having a thriving art scene. Whether you are a fan of traditional or modern entertainment, Orlando will always satisfy the taste of even the most demanding visitors, with venues such as art museums or the Florida Film Festival, for instance. Aside from this, Orlando also has a wonderful theater scene, which will leave every theatre enthusiast absolutely breathless. Museums and art galleries will also be offered to Orlando visitors, with installation of both local and artists from all around the world.

The place you will absolutely have to visit in Orlando is the Maitland Art and History Museums. Here you will be able to visit the following venues:

• Maitland Art Center
• Maitland Historical Museum
• Telephone Museum
• Carpentry Shop Museum
• Waterhouse Residence Museum

The Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival is one of the most interesting theater festivals in the world. The festival lasts for 13 days and it takes place in May. At this festival you will be able to enjoy unknown plays from theater local troupes, music troupes, dance troupes and artistic troupes. Also, it is important to mention that this is the oldest American Fringe Festival, celebrating its 21st anniversary in 2012.

When it comes to music, Orlando is a very musical city, so to say. Music is everywhere – in clubs, in restaurants, in theme parks, in theaters, on the street and so on. Live music concerts are held almost every day in the Wall Street, which is a small and very intimate pedestrian only alley with a lot of different restaurants and bars. This is probably one of the best places in the whole city where you can go and relax.

Orlando is also the home to the World Ballet Competition ever since 2007. This event is perfect for anyone who enjoys the art of dance, as it features the best dancers in the world and from all around the world every year in May. In 2012, the fifth World Ballet Competition will be held in Orlando, and officials are announcing the best competition so far. The World Ballet Competition has become a very important cultural event and more and more people are paying attention to it each and every year, bringing all the more people to Orlando, Florida and making this city even more festive than it already is.

National Center for the Performance Arts

The newly opened National Center for the Performance Arts, formerly named the Chinese National Grand Theatre, is the largest performing art center in the world. It is shaped like a massive, silvery dome in the heart of China’s capital that offers Chinese and international art performances of the highest standards. It hosts opera, ballet, musicals, dance, dramas and traditional Chinese performances.

Situated west of Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the National Center for Performance Art occupies an area of over 149,500 square meters. There are three gigantic halls located inside: a 2,416-seat opera house, a 2,017-seat concert hall and a 1,040-seat theater. Its goal is to become the center of Chinese performance art culture. The National Center for the Performing Arts took nearly five years to build at a cost of over 2.69million RMB.

Designed by the famous French architect Paul Andreu, this imposing building is a fine example of modern architecture. It has been thought of as resembling an eggshell, a baozi (Chinese steamed bread), or even a giant bubble. The National Center for Performance Arts has been listed among the top ten architectural miracles by the USA, for its energy-saving and environmentally-sound design. The center has three firsts: it is the largest sky dome in the world, the deepest building in Beijing, and is home to the largest pine organ in Asia. As its prompters have said, the National Center for Performance Arts has a lush dazzling interior, sophisticated acoustics and a design that that is superior to most of Europe’s or America’s performing arts centers. This building is so unique that it stands out amongst the nearby government buildings in central Beijing and the imperial grandeur of the centuries-old Forbidden City.

The interior design of National Center for Performance Arts, it is quite spectacular. The dome’s interior is paneled with long Brazilian mahogany spans, giving the expanse an amazingly warm feeling. While the walls of the theater, the smallest of the performance spaces, are covered in thick padded silk which is divided into red, purple and tangerine strips. The ceiling of the grey-white color-schemed concert hall consists of undulating waves of acoustical panels that resemble abstract art. On the exterior shell of the center, there are over 500 lights that shine like the stars in the sky, making the National Center for Performance Arts looks like a visitor from the outer space.

Even though the exterior appearance of National Centre for Performance Arts is futuristic in design, it does not clash with nearby buildings. Surrounded on one side by a large pool of water, the reflections in the water form an impressive sight day or night. For this reason, National Centre for Performance Arts is said to appear like a “bright pearl resting in a lake.

Most visitors to the National Center for Performance Arts, come for the performances, but there is much more to this beautiful building than just the three gigantic halls. There are also many smaller places located inside the National Center for Performance Arts such as: an underwater hallway, an exhibition hall, olive hall, library center, Press-release hall, souvenir shop, and a coffee house. In these locations, visitors or audience members can enjoy other aspects of this amazing building other than just performances.

The Center’s management has hired the best performers from throughout China to perform. Musicians such as pianist Yundi Li, and Lang Lang are regulars to the National Center for Performance Arts’stage. Many foreign troupes are vying for a chance to perform during the center’s opening season. The first foreign troupe to perform on the stage of the National Center for Performance Art was the Mariinsky Ballet Troup of St. Petersburg(still marketed in the U.S. under its Soviet-era name, the Kirov Opera and Ballet). Although the center’s musical groups,ballets, symphony orchestras, and Chinese opera have received far less attention, they are also performed by some of the best artists in China.

To allow each audience to fully and comfortably appreciate each performance, the National Center for Performance Arts has makes great effort in its design of the opera house, concert hall and theater. The materials used in the construction of the opera house were chosen for their ability to control sound. The ceiling of the concert hall is designed so that each audience member will enjoy an unforgettable experience. The theatre, the place with the most distinctive Chinese characteristic, has the most advanced stage facilities and the largest auditorium. Each seat in the National Center for Performance Arts is placed over an air vent which will allow each audience member to enjoy perfectly controlled temperatures, and each seat is designed with a muffling devise so that no sound will be made when audience members stand up,or sit down. These many different features of the center has been put in place to insure each audience member will receive the most from each performance they see.

Even if visitors to Beijing have no interest in watching a performance at the National Centre for Performance Arts, a visit to the center will leave a deep impression on them. It is one of the most brilliant architectural designs in the world, and worth a visit.