Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer Dance

Take one phenomenal Finnish dance group, an architectural wonder in the middle of a lush, green valley and a stunning summer night. What do you get? The perfect Saturday evening with Tero Saarinen at the Fisher Centre for Performing Arts in the Hudson Valley.

Located 2.5 hours north of Manhattan, The Fisher Centre is an example of what art benefactors have given the world. The Bard Centre of Performing Arts is apparently one of the best arts colleges in the States. It was on this campus that someone had the ingenious idea to commission Frank Gehry to design an extraordinary, world class arts centre to provide "risk taking performances and provocative programs" in theatre, opera, orchestra and dance. Each summer, the centre hosts a festival of national and international artists. People from all around the area - and beyond - come to savour some amazing culture in the spectacular setting of the Hudson Valley. Located essentially in a green field and surrounded by huge trees and rolling lawns, the Centre has to be one of the world's greatest buildings.

My photos don't do it justice as it was dusk when we arrived. But hopefully they will give you a taste of this not-to-be-missed wonder of modern design.

image 1: whitebird, 

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