Friday, August 3, 2012

Wednesday the day for Dance

Notice mom and dad sitting on the rock in the foreground
Notice the dancers on the ground while the bass is played

Today the highlight was a trip to a dance venue called Jacobs pillow. It's another destination tucked into a forest of trees in becket Massachusetts . They have many theaters and even a video library devoted to dance. Our first show was held outdoors in an open air stage. We sat on rocks for chairs . The dance was very modern and used the spoken word and chairs. While one dancer was writhing on the stage, another plucked a string on the bass. I enjoyed the movement although I was lost on the meaning.


The finale was a treat with the Royal Winipeg Ballet dancing to Carmina Burana with 4 costume changes.

The movements were more progressive ballet with the whole piece danced to choral music. There were 22 dancers on stage at times. This was held in a building that was laid out in a wooden barn like feel. The dancing was phenomenally talented coming from all over to perform here.


For Our scheduled free time in the afternoon, dad and I explored the Hancock shaker Village nearby.


It was a living museum with beautiful architecture and gardens. This is the religious group known for their wooden furniture and shaker pegs on every wall. Unfortunately there are only 3 left due to their belief in celibacy.


I loved the colorful buildings and seeing the finely made baskets, chairs, brooms and boxes. The kitchen was well set up with stoves and ovens for multiple uses

And dumb waiters going to different floors for washing dishes ,cooking, and serving.


A week in the Berkshires

We enjoyed a drive through the green hills of New York state to get to our destination in. pittsfield Massachusetts . Patience was a virtue as I was on an elderhostal (now called road scholars) tour with my parents. I looked forward to spending some time together this week enjoying the arts. There are lectures and speakers included in the event we will see .

The town of Williamstown is the home of the Williams. College where the Clark museum and Williams. College Museum was located. Many church buildings of all shapes and sizes were passed on the way. Most very small and sometimes 3 or 4 next to one another. They are beautiful but wonder if they are spiritually full.

The Williams College Museum was small but had some nice pieces. One of the student projects filled a room of constructed architecture.buildings based on an artist. They even had the lesson plan displayed. Maybe a future project.

There was a nice Louise nevelson piece and a Greek vase I enjoyed. Some outdoor sculptures of eyeballs were fun to photograph.

The special exhibit At the Clark Museum was my fav. Clark had led an expedition to china and unearthed some burial sites. They had reconstructed sculptures and
objects of discovery.

There was a brand new annex with a walking trail through the woods. I loved the architecture to the. Building. The special exhibit continued there. I rode a golf cart with my dad to get there.

Student projects

We ended the evening with a new drama called the North Pool. This was excellently acted and the story proved much to talk about afterwards with the actors. A mystery that craft fully unfolded as the play progressed.