By Xinhua writer Yang Jianxiang
BEIJING Matt Judon
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Beijing, a dome-shaped construction is impressively unique among its generally
"The Giant Egg", it is the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA).
Sheltered under the dome are four theaters. The opera house, capable of
seating an audience of 2,398, is the main stage for operas,
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hall, with 2,019 seats, is dedicated to orchestral and folk music. The 1,035
seat theatre is for drama and folk dances and the smaller MF theater, capable of
accommodating 556 visitors, is a quiet Austin
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theater dramas and modern dance.
In the heart of the capital, the NCPA seems determined from the very
beginning to justify its name by taking lead in development of the performing
NCPA tries to suit both refined and popular tastes. It is engaged in five
categories of the performing arts: opera, concert, ballet, drama and traditional
Chinese opera. It does not cater to the pop industry.
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electronic sound enhancement, making performances immune to accusations of
fakery. That's also why the opera house has never staged a western musical.
NCPA is not content with being a mere performance venue. Looking up to the
world's leading players, it is committed to the production of old and new
performance programs. In the past six years the center has staged 35
productions,including grand opera , Peking opera, stage plays and dance drama.
Most are outstanding works, both thought provoking and entertaining. The western
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Wangfujing gained wide popularity among the theater goers.
Opera production takes three forms. In the initial period, NCPA imported
productions such as " Rigoletto ", with foreign casts and directors. Chinese
casts were sometimes used as a backup and for learning purposes. Later it
collaborated with foreign or Chinese companies in production, often using
Chinese casts but inviting foreign artists for leading roles or as directors.
Now it invites renowned directors, conductors and singers to independently
produce NCPA programs.
The NCPA set up a resident chorus in December 2009 and an orchestra in 2010.
These have greatly enhanced its ability to produce programs and run
Earlier this year, the NCPA completed the production of three opera films.
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and Masques, starring Chinese soprano Sun Xiuwei, are premiered in the venue
today. NCPA has designated this Sunday a public open day with special offerings
including 19 stage shows, 11 arts lectures, 6 exhibitions and more than 50
public space performances.
Production is costly, especially with foreign artists. But more and more
internationally renowned directors and performers are prepared to accept
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at the NCPA has become a new trend in the world arts circle.
A nonprofit organization, the NCPA manages to make ends meet. The center gets
one third of its funds from the state government. Revenues from ticket sales
made about 300 million yuan in 2013. It has other forms of funding such as
donations and sponsorships from various social groups. Venue visits is another
major source of income.
The "giant egg" first opened for public visits on October 1, 2008. A visitor
is charged 30 yuan for a tour inside the venue, from basement 1 up to the top
The venue was controversial before construction and remains so even now,
chiefly because its outward appearance looks weird among the buildings around
it. But the design by the French architect Paul Andreu is itself quite
It is said that in the first few years, visitors to the NCPA for the
architecture outnumbered people who went there for the performances. The NCPA
has received more than 3.7 million tourists.
Visitors at the north entrance usually begin the trip by taking the central
path on basement 1. Many will be impressed by the transparent glass ceiling,
which reflects rippling Danny
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part of the shallow water ring that encircles the dome. The path leads to an
oval space, where escalators on either side take people to the five upper
In addition to the theaters, visitors may pass through exhibitions related to
the performing arts in two exhibition halls and a museum. They may also browse
stores for souvenirs or sit in cafes or a western restaurant.
A music bookstore on the 1st floor offers a rich variety of books on music
and arts, as well as audio & visual products. The arts library on the 4th
floor is reserved for NCPA club members. In its exterior ring corridor, a
gallery of posters gives an introduction to the world's most eminent musicians
Arts popularization and fostering artistic talent is another important
undertaking for the NCPA. As part of its outreach program, the NCPA runs regular
weekend concerts by conservatory faculty and students. It also invites artists,
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& props exhibitions.
As a government institution, the NCPA strives to achieve a balance between
social and economic benefit. In the past six years, it hosted 5,776 free
activities, engaging a total audience of 2.9 million.
In the same period, the NCPA received 544 foreign or Chinese performance
organizations and over 177,000 foreign or Chinese artists. It has established
communication relations with 175 foreign arts organizations and signed strategic
partnership agreements with 18 internatioIf you?re even slight.