As the city’s benefit ball season hits its fevered pitch, and we all project forward to a jam-packed Grand Prix weekend, the recent Ballets Jazz de Montreal (BJM) fundraiser wowed all in attendance with a befitting gold-themed affair highlighting the incredible talent of the world-renowned (not to mention home-grown!) contemporary dance company.
Held in Old MTL’s Théâtre St.James, a former bank turned multi-use event space, the soirée that concluded the BJM’s 42nd season began as we were greeted on the red carpet by a couple of ‘living statues’ covered head to toe in gold body paint, offering us but a taste of what was to come.
Upon arrival into the grand hall we were ushered into the upstairs chambers for a brisk welcome cocktail, and noted both the casino tables set up for post-dinner wagering along with highly desirable silent auction items galore ready for bidding.
As an added benefit to purchasing a table, patrons had one or two of the world-class dancers seated with them for dinner and, as it turned out, yours truly was already acquainted with the dance enthusiasts at his assigned table and so had the chance to learn and appreciate more about the prolific group.
One thing was that if the BJM is perhaps less well-known than the city’s other cultural institutions such as the Opéra de Montreal, or Grands Ballets Canadiens, it’s primarily because the company tours around the world, often in smaller cities and towns, performing a select repertoire and acting as a premier cultural calling card for Montreal, Quebec, and Canada.
And it as clear to see why, as between courses we were treated to a myriad of live performances showcasing the unequalled expression of the troupe’s art form, and breathing life into their mission of ‘provoking emotion through contemporary dance’. The evening concluded with DJ, open bar, and everyone taking it to the dance floor to mix and mingle until late.
But rest assured: For the party-hearty YP in all of us, the Young Leaders of the BJM organize and host the CONTACT fundraiser in the Fall, an artistically-inspired event in a cocktail dînatoire format appealing to the city’s next generation of cultural philanthropists. We’ll of course have all the details, so note it now and stay tuned.
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