Gallery: PHOTOS: Moshe Safdie’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts...

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In juxtaposition to Helzberg Hall, the Muriel Kauffman Theater, home of Kansas City Ballet and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, is both festive and exuberant. The three balconies envelop the hall in a horseshoe-like enclosure, with each balcony broken down into a series of steps cascading from the center rear balcony to the individual boxes on either side of the stage. The stepping enhances sightlines and provides for a sense of intimacy and connection with the action on the stage. The balcony balustrades are a contemporary reinterpretation of the gilded, glittering, candle-lit balconies of 18th and 19th century theaters.

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