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Dancing Into the 80th Season of the San Francisco Ballet

January 29, 2013
Kirsty Gumina

This past Thursday, January 24th, the San Francisco Ballet celebrated its 80th season with a black tie gala that gave nod to the global diversity of this prominent artistic institution as well as the City it calls home. Swathed in colorful modernity and eclecticism, with a delicious menu and vividly graphic design, the San Francisco Ballet sent a clear message about the transcendental power of dance – a language that remains universal in this international modern age.

Blueprint Studios choreographed the bold design aesthetic in City Hall, where pops of bright colors and graphic details were abundant. South Light Court was scene to a lively cocktail reception decked out in decorative blue shelving towers, yellow flowers and framed panel images of compasses. Guests enjoyed cocktails crafted behind gold bars and nibbled on delectable bites of Curried Quail Egg on Brioche Toast, Duck Confit Cigars with Red Currant Confiture, as well as Short Rib Grilled Cheese Morsels with Gruyere and Fig Marmalade sandwiched between Cinnamon Raisin Pullman bread.

Dinners in the Rotunda and North Light Court were just as effervescent as the reception. In the Rotunda, softly illuminated floral-like chandeliers danced overhead a sea of reclaimed wood dining tables adorned with
canary yellow glass candelabras, orange flowers and retro chartreuse suede chairs. The Rotunda staircase, a grand statement in itself, was embellished with a blue, yellow and orange color blocked carpet. Equally as impressive as the Rotunda, the chartreuse draped North Light Court was not to be outdone. Shocks of red and blue punctuated the room and metal globe-like centerpieces gently rotated over the dinner tables eliciting thoughts of travel and the passage of time.

Against this colorful background, attractively dressed attendees were served a three course meal by our chefs that commenced with Veloute of Wild Mushroom Soup served over a Shiitake Mushroom and Gruyere Bread Pudding, followed by the main course of Chicken Merguez Sausage & Leek Stuffed Guinea Hen accompanied with Herbed Cheese Grits, Romesco Broccoli, Petite Zucchini, Parsnips, Carrots and completed with a Shallot Marsala Sauce. Lambrusco Poached Pears topped with Mascarpone Crème, Biscotti Crumbles, Zabaglione-Mocha Gelato and Caramel Brittle was served for dessert, a sweet note to end the dinner portion of the evening as guests made their way to the War Memorial. There guests reveled in a “Prosecco Promenade” and a one-night-only performance of a series of eight short globally inspired dance pieces.

After this impressive and beautiful show, an after party at City Hall awaited the crowd where DJ Chris Clouse, DJ Sebastian Concha, Freddy Clarke and Wobbly World moved guests to show off their own dance techniques into the wee hours of the night. The supping wasn’t over either, with a plethora of savory and sweet bites available to satiate dancing induced hunger including: Sandwiches of Prosciutto, Fresh Ricotta and Braised Rapini, Lemongrass and Coriander Vichyssoise, House-Made Dim Sum, a wide assortment of Maki and Nigiri Sushi, Chocolate Brioche Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce and Petite Fortune Cookie Cones with Espresso Mousse.

Bravo, bravo to the San Francisco Ballet on another stunning and energetic opening night gala! At 80 years young, we are exited to see where you will chasse next in the wonderfully diverse world of dance.

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