As a patron of the ballet and season sponsor of Chamber Dance Project, Spey has been witness to some truly incredible performances. This weekend was no exception. On Saturday we were welcomed to the residence of His Excellency the Ambassador of Colombia Juan Carlos Pinzón and his wife, the lovely Pilar Pinzón, for a spring gala in anticipation of Chamber Dance Project’s June 2016 season. Chaired by the fabulous Jacqui Michel, the event – Bash in Bloom – was a resounding good time. Guests gathered in the elegantly-styled reception hall of the residence amid fiery arrangements of Colombian flowers. Decadent roses, calla lilies and alstroemeria bloomed in a riot of color against stately wood paneling, marble and bronze.
Speckled about the reception were items at auction, from weeklong stays in tropical destinations to private dinners with celebrated chefs. A lustrous Spey akoya pearl pendant was scooped-up early. All proceeds supported the Season and community engagement programs of Chamber Dance Project. Following a dinner of tasty Colombian-inspired fare, guests meandered to the ballroom for the evening’s performances. The collective attention was lifted upward as Colombian soprano Narda Karinna Muñoz Suárez delighted the crowd from a balcony beneath the richly embellished ceiling (pictured). Her magnificent aria set the tone for the evening and was followed by remarks from Ambassador Pinzón and Chamber Dance Project’s Artistic Director, Diane Coburn Bruning.
The company’s string quartet was announced next, as violinist Sally McLain, violinist Chaerim Smith, violist Derek Smith and cellist Sean Neidlinger strummed pieces by Mozart, Telemann and Shostakovich. Dancers Francesca Dugarte, Luis Torres, Davit Hovhannisyan and Luz San Miguel brought their exceptional art to the forefront, and then invited guests to join on the dance floor as the band Brass Connection erupted into brassy upbeat swing. Desserts and famous Colombian coffee kept everyone on their feet and dancing well into the night. As the evening concluded and guests spilled out onto Dupont Circle, each left with a rose and an invitation to continue the merriment during the 2016 season.
Bash in Bloom was an exceptional event and a festive prelude to the performances to come! The company’s opening night at Lansburgh Theatre will feature three world premieres from three choreographers, then a two-block procession led by Brass Connection to an after party at the Paris Ballroom of Hotel Monaco. This is certainly a wonderful time to get involved with DC’s most innovative company of dancers and musicians. Chamber Dance Project is blooming with energy and excellence!
Photo by Jacqui DePas, The Photo Gallery DC