There's more to art than paintings and sculptures; there's an entire catalog of artistic merit to explore in the world of performance. Ballet, dance, musicals, and more all contain a beautiful side to life that should be experienced. This is what can be found at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a creative space for music, theater, dance, and opera. It was designed by architect Moshe Safdie and opened in 2011 in downtown Kansas City.
Over the years, a wide range of performers and entertainers from all around the world have presented on this stage. Some previous performances include renditions of jazz, classical, and pop music; ballet and contemporary dance; comedy shows; Broadway productions; and even more. It's also home to some of the region's primary performing arts organizations: Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Kansas City Ballet, and Kansas City Symphony. The following video gives a brief, inside look at the facilities.
The Kauffman Center stands as its own work of art and is a highly advanced performing arts center, both technically and architecturally. The facility itself is 285,000 square feet in size and contains two different halls: Helzberg Hall (1,600 seats) and Muriel Kauffman Theatre (1,800 seats). Both of these individual spaces are housed within a giant overarching shell, which has a glass roof and glass walls. The building took nearly five years to complete and contains a total of 25,000 cubic yards of concrete, 27 steel cables, and 40,000 square feet of glass. The cost of the project was about $413 million.
Cover image by Moose Winans is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.