Crossing The Line
Le Bal NYC
Crossing The Line at Le Bal NYC
This extravaganza is in its third year in NYC.
Produced by FIAF/French Institute Alliance Francaise, a noted teaching facility in NYC, this was a cross-cultural assembly of things French, where music and dance met the culinary flavors of France.
Today’s Le Bal NYC took place in the East Meadow of Central Park from 2-5pm. It was a partnership between FIAF and Omnivore, an organization that represents some of
the premier chefs of FRANCE and the specialty food products they’re presenting to the U.S. along with their U.S. counterparts. Cheese, chocolate, an assortment of breads and the ever popular Evian Water brand were evident througout. But not before each dance and music segment as performed by a large swath of the general public who participated eagerly under the direction of Jess Burkle, an able danseur to the choregraphy of David Wampach, Olivier Dubois and Germaine Acogny. The entire production was under the direction of Lili Chopra, FIAF’s Artististic Director.
This was a fun day and entirely free-of-charge.
It offered a chance for all to sample exotic music from Senegal, a former French colony with La Marche Joyeuse Sengalese, followed by the love music of Umberto Tozzi’s
Ti Amo, for couples only and the day’s most popular and final arrangement. There were many happy faces at this joyous celebration. For those of us who were there it was truly a delightful experience. And, yes, I’m looking forward to next year’s Le Bal NYC. Be there!