An El­e­gant New­comer: Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne

維多利亞藝術中心

Vision Magazine - - Contents - English Text By kathy Mcwilliams chi­nese Text By ge­or­gia xia Photo credit: Ming chen

State Theatre是中心劇院中最大的演出大廳,專門供國際頂級的劇團作演出。而能容納 12,000 名觀眾的戶外的音樂舞台 Syd­ney Myer Mu­sic Bowl 也在藝術中心的範圍之內,它是世界級明星在墨爾本舉行演唱會的首選之地。

直至今日,Arts Cen­tre 不止是多項經典藝術的劇場和舞台,還是墨爾本市中心的觀光勝地。 夜幕低垂時,高達 162米的塔尖開始變換顏色,與燦爛的繁星相印,Arts Cen­ter中心成功地讓墨爾本大都市閃爍出燦爛的藝術光芒。

A mas­ter plan was fi­nally ap­proved in 1960, with the fi­nal stages of the project be­ing com­pleted in 1984. This marked the com­ple­tion of one of the largest public works projects in Vic­to­rian his­tory, tak­ing al­most 25 years from start to fin­ish.

The Arts Cen­tre is un­usual in that its theatres and con­cert hall are built largely un­der­ground. Hamer Hall, sit­u­ated clos­est to the river, was ini­tially planned to be al­most en­tirely un­der­ground, thus pro­vid­ing a beau­ti­ful open vista be­tween the the­atre spire, the river and Flin­ders Street Sta­tion. How­ever, due to ge­o­log­i­cal is­sues, the struc­ture had to be raised three storeys above ground. Even­tu­ally the Arts Cen­tre emerged as two build­ings – now known as the Theatres Build­ing and Hamer Hall. The State The­atre, Play­house and Fair­fax Studio are all housed in the Theatres Build­ing, un­der the spire.

The first stage, the Con­cert Hall, was com­pleted and opened in Novem­ber 1982. The rest of the Arts Cen­tre was opened in sev­eral stages dur­ing 1984, with the Theatres build­ing of­fi­cially opened in oc­to­ber that year. The com­plex’s stun­ning in­te­ri­ors were de­signed by Academy Award win­ning set designer, John Tr­us­cott.

Hamer Hall, which was orig­i­nally known as the Mel­bourne Con­cert Hall, is the largest venue in the Arts Cen­tre com­plex, com­pris­ing of 2,661 seats. The State The­atre has one of the largest stages in the world, and this iconic 2,077 seat the­atre has hosted many world fa­mous acts, in­clud­ing opera, bal­let and the­atre per­for­mances. The smaller Play­house The­atre and Fair­fax Studio are also housed un­der the fa­mous spire.

The de­te­ri­o­rat­ing spire was re­placed in 1996, with the new tower con­tain­ing 6,600 me­tres of op­tic fi­bre tub­ing, 150 me­tres of neon tub­ing and 14,000 in­can­des­cent lamps on the spire's skirt, al­low­ing for mag­nif­i­cent af­ter dark dis­plays of ever chang­ing colour. In 2008, sul­phur-crested cock­a­toos moved in and be­gan to cause sig­nif­i­cant da­m­age. A wed­getailed ea­gle and a pere­grine fal­con were brought in, see­ing the cock­a­toos move on to friend­lier premises!

Arts Cen­tre Mel­bourne is a defin­ing Mel­bourne land­mark and Aus­tralia’s largest and busiest per­form­ing arts cen­tre. Last year saw the venue stage over 4,000 per­for­mances and events for more than 2.7 mil­lion au­di­ence mem­bers. Whether you’re a tourist or a lo­cal, if you’ve never at­tended a per­for­mance at this iconic venue, put this at the top of your to-do list! You won’t re­gret it, with world-class shows in world-class sur­rounds, you’ll en­joy ev­ery moment of your visit.

Yar­ra河畔應該擁有一個配的上「藝術之都」稱號的多功能藝術中心,Arts Cen­tre應運而生。-- 維州政府

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