|A scene from Raoul|
In just two weeks BAM will be holding the 2010 Next Wave Gala Patron Celebration. We are putting final touches on the menu, decor, and lighting plans and can't wait to see it all come together. Read on for some sneak peeks...
For this gala, we have found a fantastic source of inspiration in Raoul, the performance created by James Thiérrée that gala guests will be seeing before the dinner. In this new work, nouveau cirque master Thiérrée portrays a hapless man tumbling through a magical, unpredictable, and continuously shape-shifting world.
Our favorite decor designer, Bella Meyer and the team at Fleurs Bella, was instantly captured by the darkly dreamy and surreal concepts of Thiérrée's work. Undoubtedly Bella will weave these into all her pieces using exciting materials and textures in additional to some breathtaking florals. She'll be building everything on site for this event - at the incredible event space Skylight One Hanson. Lighting will be instrumental in transforming this former bank space into a fantastical setting as befits Raoul.
Our menu for the evening also draws from the themes of Raoul, with some subtly whimsical presentations of seasonal French fare. What is most unique about this menu though, is that it has been chosen by our own Executive Producer, Joseph V. Melillo, who is the honoree of the evening in celebration of his 25 years at BAM. This is just one of the ways we are going to be saluting Joe for his extraordinary contributions not just to BAM, but to the arts community of New York and the globe beyond.
See you on November 9!
For more information or to RSVP to the 2010 Next Wave Gala Patron Celebration, click here.