Using Textbooks to Learn Performing Arts

If a person wants to learn performing arts, then he can choose from a variety of forms, such as dancing, music, theater, and many others. There are several text books available in the market that can help you learn a few tricks of the trade, but choosing the best book for your genre of art is difficult. Many people also argue that learning a performing art using a text book is not the right way to go. While this argument may hold true for almost all forms of art, it is necessary to refer to books to learn a few subtle things about the art that you cannot learn from your mentor or instructor.

Books are available for almost all types of performing arts and also cover all possible genres of arts. For instance, you can easily find books that will help you learn various drama forms, including theater, acting, mimicry, stand-up comedy, and many others. However, you must take the fact into consideration that books can only act as a supplement for learning any form of art. You can best learn a performance art with constant, uninterrupted practice and by seeking advice from a good mentor or instructor. You can further learn by observing how the masters of the art perform their act and can take tips from them to further enhance your talent.

This, however, does not mean that you should stop looking at books completely. Many performing arts books are expensive and are sometimes not easily available in the open market. Luckily, in the age of the Internet, you can find such books online easily. A search on online bookstores, such as Amazon, can provide you with a good listing of books pertaining to your preferred form of performing art. You will notice that, in such bookstores, books are available at cheaper prices than the markup prices of their retailers. This is because many people who are owners of these books sell them online at cheaper prices or sometimes even auction them. You can buy them online and keep for your reference or even as a collector’s item if you happen to lay your hands on a classic item.

If you look back into history, you will find that performing arts were given a boost by renaissance. This period was regarded as the golden age of art, and many artists, such as Shakespeare, wrote plays and dramas in the form of books that are in demand even today. These books can be found in libraries and are stocked by a large number of booksellers.

In the modern world, there is no dearth of books related to any form of performance art. In fact, today, we can find not only books, but also other materials, such as magazines, articles, and guides, to help us learn a particular form of performing art. This has helped popularize various dance forms that were previously known in only small parts of the world.

Given the benefits found in books for students of a performing art, it is essential if they supplement their practice of the art with books to become experts.

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.