Press: The Firebird Gala: A Flight to Freedom

By the Voice-Tribune

October 18,2017

As part of their season opener, Louisville Ballet is hosting a monumental gala with a very relevant theme on Saturday, November 11. The funds raised will help the organization continue their artistic work while also aiding the refugee citizens in our community. We spoke with Diane Davis, the Ballet’s Director of Development.

What sets the Firebird Gala apart from other galas you’ve held in the past?

Louisville Ballet customarily holds an opening night gala event during the first performance weekend of the season. This year, the theme is “Firebird Gala – A Flight to Freedom,” a reference to one of the two ballets in “Stravinsky!” This world premiere production of “Firebird,” choreographed by our Resident Choreographer Lucas Jervies, will be set in the context of a refugee crisis, so we’re partnering with Kentucky Refugee Ministries to maximize the impact of this performance.

Who will benefit from this extraordinary affair?

We want the message of “Firebird” to go beyond the stage so a portion of the gala’s proceeds will benefit KRM. We believe in the effect that performing arts can have on a community, but by going even further in this mission, we’re contributing to the larger community in a tangible, quantifiable way.

How can Louisvillians get involved with supporting the Ballet?

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