dancing with the stars

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts by Moshe Safdie & Associates.

Recently, a corporate client asked me to photograph the construction of the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. They were very specific about showing the new, dramatic architecture of the Performing Arts Center against the older skyline of Kansas City.

The challenge of the shot was the weather. February is the middle of winter in Kansas City and everything is blanketed under snow, ice and dull, gray skies. One afternoon last week, the sun popped out, the sky turned blue, and temperatures warmed into the high 30’s, just enough to melt off the wintery mix. I was able to make some photos of the buildings. After sending the images to the client, they said “Very nice photos. Good job!” The next day, we received more snow.

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is a 285,000-square-foot facility with two performance venues: the 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre and the 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall. The PAC will be the new home of the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Ballet.

-scott weaver

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