Thursday, December 12, 2013
This evening, the chic and art-filled new Pierce Atwood law office overlooking Portland Harbor was complemented by the graceful dancers of Portland Ballet. Called Bubbly & Ballet, the party featured sparkling wine, Yosaku sushi and 150 guests. Here Sasha Yapparov, Portland Ballet's CORPS director, addresses the party guests and encourages us to financially support the creative arts community and the work of Portland Ballet.
To the delight of the crowd, four of the company's dancers treated us to a short series of excerpts from the upcoming performance of Giselle. Here Debs Grammatic, Ashton Plummer and Caroline Shelton finish a piece of choreography, while associate artistic director Nell Shipman controls the music in the background.
Megan Buckley is one of two dancers who will dance the lead role of Giselle. Her grace and athleticism were clearly visible tonight.
The classic romantic ballet delivers a fairy tale plot and dreamy costumes along with crowd-pleasing choreography. Performances take place March 17 and March 24 at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center. You can buy tickets through PortTix. On March 31, the production will travel to the Imperial Theater in St. John, New Brunswick for a final performance.
I'll have more photos and details from the party in the Feb. 12 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram.
Until then, I hope to see you out and about.
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