Quick Center For The Arts - Upside Down Inside Out Season Gala - Fairfield, CT, USA
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Teresa Sauer, Debra Argen and Moses Ballapati - Qucik Center Fairfield, CT - photo by Luxury Experience What we especially love about the Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut is that there is always a program to appeal to everyone, and their Upside Down Inside Out Season Gala was an exciting, exhilarating, and engaging evening of exceptional artistry that was a combination of contemporary dance by Frédérick Gravel, cocktail party, and rock concert by Betty Bonifassi with dancing. Cutting edge performances and a stylish ambience helped create an evening that will be talked about for quite some time.

Teresa Sauer, Debra C. Argen, Moses Ballapati - Quick Center -  photo by Luxury Experience
Teresa Sauer, Debra Argen, Moses Ballapati


On Friday, October 13, 2017, the Quick Center for the Arts in Fairfield, Connecticut turned itself Upside Down Inside Out for their 2-nights only, Season Gala, that began outside when we were greeted by students, Teresa Sauer and Moses Ballapati wearing black suits worn backwards with silver masks on the backs of their heads, and we knew then that we were in for a very different kind of evening.


Nina Bentley, Edward F. Nesta - Quick Center -  photo by Luxury Experience
Nina Bentley and Edward F. Nesta 


An upside-down table set for tea designed by artist Nina Bentley (www.NinaBentley.com) hung from the ceiling in the entrance, and the world of upside down inside out continued with tables, chairs, and art works hung contrary to the norm throughout to intrigue and engage conversations between patrons over glasses of champagne before the performances began. Quick Center's team, Executive Director Peter Van Heerden, Lori N. Jones - Director of Programming and Audience Development, Marni Smith Katz - Manager of Business Development, and Melissa Matuska - Events and Sales Manager, were on hand to host the festivities and to mingle with the guests.


Peter Heerden, Lori N. Jones, Marni Smith Katz - Quick Center -  photo by Luxury Experience

Peter Van Heerden, Lori N. Jones, and Marni Smith Katz


The evening continued in the Black Box (Wein Experimental Theatre) with the contemporary dance performance entitled Tout se pète la guile, chérie (All Hell is Breaking Loose, Honey) by Frédérick Gravel who created the concept, direction, and performed in, along with Nicolas Cantin, Dany Desjardins, and Tomas Fuey.  A concept piece that combined avant-garde contemporary dance, performance art, rock music, song, and spoken word, Frédérick Gravel and the Montreal, Quebec, Canada troupe, pushed the envelope of extremes with the physicality of contemporary dance and succeeded in delivering an exciting performance. The talented ensemble not only danced, they also provided musical accompaniment playing electric guitar and piano, and sang.


Frédérick Gravel, Nicolas Cantin, Dany Desjardins, Tomas Fuey - Quick Center - Photo by Luxury Experience
Frédérick Gravel, Nicolas Cantin, Dany Desjardins, Tomas Fuey


The intermezzo, was the cocktail party, held in the Scene Shop, normally used as a workshop, where the inspired theme décor continued with a plethora of balloons hung upside down from the ceiling and other topsy-turvy art, complemented by a selection of delectable passed hors d'oeuvres, a well-stocked open bar, and an outdoor s'mores bar, that allowed patrons to mingle as well as provide them with the opportunity to speak with the creative dance team of Frédérick Gravel, Nicolas Cantin, Dany Desjardins, and Tomas Fuey.


Peter Van Heerden, Debra C. Argen, Nicolas Cantin, Dany Desjardins - Quick Center - Photo by Luxury Experience-
Peter Van Heerden, Debra C. Argen and
Nicolas Cantin, Dany Desjardins


For "act three" we moved to the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Theatre where well-known Montreal, Quebec vocalist Betty Bonifassi dazzled with her powerful, husky voice that was made to sing rock, accompanied by her band. Dancing, an open bar, more hors d'oeuvres, and projected club images on a wall helped to create a lounge ambience. Dancing until late in the evening, we thoroughly enjoyed the Upside Down Inside Out Season Gala experience, and look forward to another wonderful season of cultural opportunities at the Quick Center for the Arts.


Betty Bonifassi - Quick Center - photo by Luxury Experience
Betty Bonifassi performing at
Upside Down Inside Out Season Gala


Watch a video clip of Betty Bonifassi performing an a cappella number - https://youtu.be/90868ravgAI.


Conveniently located in Fairfield, Connecticut, the Quick Center for the Arts is a 30-minute drive from Greenwich and New Haven, a 60-minute drive from Hartford, and a 90-minute drive from New York City.


The Quick Center for the Arts has an extensive program of theatre, dance, opera, classic, and jazz series, as well as family productions throughout the year.


A sampling of the many exciting upcoming programs at the Quick Center for the Arts:


Compagnie Hervé Koubi

October 19, 2017

All in the Family: Orin, Jerry, and Korliss Uecker

October 29, 2017

Global Theatre: Feminism & Greek Tragedy Roundtable

November 2, 2017

Eddie Palmieri

November 5, 2017

Habib Koité & Bamada

November 10, 2017

John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey

December 3, 2017

Paul Taylor Dance Company

January 26, 2018

The Metropolitan Opera - Tosca (Puccini)

January 27, 2018

Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower

February 2-3, 2018

Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet

February 11, 2018

Camille A. Brown & Dancers: Black Girl: Linguistic Play

February 16, 2018

The Metropolitan Opera La Bohème (Puccini)

February 24, 2018

Family Fun Series: Go, Dog, Go!

February 25, 2018

Ultima Vez In Spite of Wishing and Wanting

March 2 - 3, 2018

The Young Artists Series

March 4, 2018

The Young Artists Series

March 25, 2018

Moscow Festival Ballet in Giselle

April 6, 2018

The Metropolitan Opera Luisa Miller (Verdi)

April 14, 2018

Family Fun Series - TheatreWorksUSA in The Lightning Thief

April 15, 2018

Giselle By Dada Masilo

April 18, 2018


Machine de Cirque

April 20 - 21, 2018

DBR En Masse

April 29, 2018

The Young Artists Series

March 25, 2018

The Young Artists Series

May 6, 2018


For information and the complete list of upcoming programs and events, please visit the website, www.QuickCenter.com.


For tickets or information, please call: +1-203-254-4010 or toll-free: 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396). 


Quick Center - Fairfield Univserity, Farifield, CT, USA


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