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August 9   -   ArtsJournal: music

This New Performance Space Was Built To Withstand Avalanches

The Origen Festival has built a red tower, housing a 250-seat in-the-round theater lit by windows on all sides, on a 7,500-foot-high pass in the Swiss Alps. "Built at a cost of two million francs, it weighs 410 tons and can withstand winds of up to 240km/hr." The plan is to present world theater and other forms there year-round (though they need another million francs to winterize the building).

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