As the sun set over the Capitol dome in the distance, through tall glass doors and windows on the mezzanine floor of the Library of Congress’s Jefferson Building, the customarily hushed voices and subdued behavior was shattered by the squeals and giggles of can-can dancers ready to whoop it up. Racing down the sweeping staircases on each side of the Great Hall, they literally kicked-off The Hemingway in Paris Ball. One of DC’s premier events, The Washington Ballet’s Annual Spring Gala themed itself to reflect and celebrate the world premiere of Septime Webre’s Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises.
Guest reveled in the literary giant’s world, from sipping the classic drink, a Jack Rose, featured in Ernest Heminway’s novel, The Sun Also Rises, to walking the streets of Paris as they settled into their seats for dinner. And once again, we were honored to be a part of the fabulous celebration with deep ties to the community and helping raise critical funds for the Ballet’s training and outreach programs. This year Susan Gage Caterers triumphantly and deliciously started the meal by serving a delicious bouillabaisse followed by a salad of watercress and endive with vinaigrette, and then a plate of French cheeses served with lavender sel gris and fruit.
The table design was all SGC while the other beautiful décor was created by Syzygy Events International and the floral masterpieces were arranged by Suzanne Codi. The evening was dotted with other performance by The Washington Ballet’s professional dancers as well as the students of TWB@THEARC. After dinner, crepes were filled with chocolate and lemon curd, sprinkled with sugar and enjoyed with other sweet Parisian treats. DJ Pitch One got the guests dancing themselves and before you knew it the night had drifted into a haze that even Hemingway would have shared.