The Pilobolus Five Senses Ball Leads Up to the Festival
Mark Melvin with Pilobolus co-artistic directors Renee Jaworkski and Matt Kent.
Jamie Ordower and Daniel Ordower, whi is general manager of the company.
Tony Zunino, fashion designer Linda Allard and JoAnne Torti, director of the After School Arts Program (ASAP) in Washington, Conn.
View of the 5 Senses field from the amphitheater above.
John Bourdeau of Spring Hill Vineyards, supplier of the wine for the evening, and Gary Goldring
Allen Kovac and Suzanne Paxton
Executive Director Itamar Kubovy welcomes and thanks guests and supporters.
Hewing to the theme of the festival, the dancers (and guests) were all eyes.
Jake McIntyre, Pilobolus associate producer, Howard Weinberg, chariman of the board, and Joanna Seddon, president, Global Brand Consulting for Ogilvy & Mather.
Company dancers Krystal Butler and Heather Favretto flank Michael Gonzales, Heather’s husband.
Quinay Ellis, Nate Buchsbaum, a Pilobolus dancer, Casey Howes and Wendy Rothman, a business psychologist who frequently works with dancers.
Pilobolus, that almost other-worldly dance company whose home base is in Washington, Conn., has put on summer balls since 2004. But this one, on Saturday, July 21, was different. It was the launch of something new: the company’s field, built by Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia for the 5 Senses Festival (weekends, July 27-Aug. 11), complete with meditation silo, Mark Mennin-designed amphitheater, campfire circle and some pretty nice bathrooms. Guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the hillside, and, eyes covered with the sleeping masks provided, listened to violinist Simone Porter perform a portion of a Bach sonata. Masks off, they watched the Pilobolus dancers, as eyes, cavort on the stage. Two senses exercised, guests entered the tent to enjoy a sumptuous meal created by Chef Joel Viehland. Post-dinner, the dancers performed an excerpt from their piece “Branches” outside illuminated by firelight. Then the guests got a chance to practice their moves at the dance party featuring live music from the Baja California Border band.
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