BalletMet recently hosted “No Filter,” their 11th Annual “Dance with the Dancers” event at Vue in the Brewery District. This special mixer allowed the public to get up-close and personal with BalletMet dancers while networking, dining and dancing to mixes by DJ Charles Erickson.
I have followed Balletmet for years, so of course, I volunteered to take the rare opportunity to converse with and photograph the professional performers in the company for Now It’s Dark. Over 200 people gathered on that amazing spring night to mingle with dancers, celebrate the cultural arts, enjoy gourmet food and bid on donated auction experiences and items.
Arriving early, we had ample opportunity to enjoy a wide range of decadence from some of the best restaurants in Columbus. Sidecar Catering, Local Roots, Two Caterers, Cameron Mitchell, La Catering and a host of others donated and supported this event with tantalizing tastes. Bravo!
The food was delectable — the complete list included Barcelona, Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, Eight Cakes a Week, Emlolly, Eventsource, Giant Eagle Catering, Sidecar Global Catering, LA Catering, Local Roots, Pam’s Popcorn, The Refectory, Tim Horton’s/Powell, Thread, Tucci’s, Two Caterers, VUE, White Castle and Your Event Made Perfect by Kimberly Frank.
We stopped up to visit the amazing photo booth provided by Hemmelgarn Entertainment and said hello to owner Jon Hemmelgarn.
In addition to the photo booth, a large collection of black and white images from Balletmet were arranged to enjoy.
Guests were dressed in black and white while the dancers were wearing red or accented in red.
BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Liang graciously thanked benefactors. Liang also introduced a creative Go Pro video of dancers moving to choreography, giving the audience a nearly visceral feel of professional dance movements. The motion seems like a scene from Fast and Furious 7.
The crowd then gathered for the live auction of seven experiences from vacations in Miami and the Bahamas to dinner at the Pizzuti Gallery with the BalletMet Artistic Director.
“It’s going to be a really exciting evening, with something for everybody, ” Mulvany said. “People following ballet for decades will recognize Fancy Free but more innovate work from James Kudelka and Edwaard Liang will speak to a younger generation.”
This show promises to expand the horizons of ballet fans in Columbus.
American Masters is going to be an great end to the already impressive BalletMet season – see you there!