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“BORROWED LIGHT” PLAYS FOR THOUSANDS IN EUROPE

singers and dancers onstage at the National Theater, Helsinki
As of tonight, May 13, the Spring 2011 tour of “Borrowed Light” will be gliding past its halfway point, with six performances down and five to go.

So far, in Turku and Helsinki, Finland, every show has played to a capacity hall of applauding and cheering music and dance lovers. We estimate that about 6,000 happy Scandinavians have seen the show live so far, not counting those who have viewed excerpts on television and the internet.

This collaboration between the Boston Camerata and the Tero Saarinen Company has, additionally, brought us pleasures other than professional — beautiful waterscapes, good food, renewed friendships among dancers and singers. We also, thanks to Donald Wilkinson’s vigilance, caught a glimpse of one of the giant eagle owls, currently the talk of Finland, that are nesting in downtown Helsinki.

But the show’s the thing. We are happy to report that Saarinen’s choreography combined with original Shaker music casts, as always, a powerful spell at every single performance. After Finland, it’s on to the Netherlands, Germany and France. And more performances are in the works for 2011, 2012 and 2013. We also want to perform “Borrowed Light” at home! Really! Are you listening, Boston?

Our photo: singers and dancers onstage at the National Theater, Helsinki.