In just a week’s time on Sat 10th and Sun 11th Sept Suffolk Community Foundation will present The Royal Ballet’s Gary Avis and Friends – two truly spectacular gala performances at the Ipswich Regent. And there are still a few tickets left – so if you are thinking of going – this may be your last chance to book up.
This will be only the second time in 50 years that dancers from one of the greatest companies in the world will have taken to this stage. In short – this is a very special event for Ipswich and Suffolk and is already being quoted as being one of THE national dance events of the year! Gary, who lives at Eye and is principal character artist and ballet master with the company, will be bringing a showcase event to the Ipswich Regent this autumn where a company, packed with a galaxy of top flight Royal Ballet dancers, will perform a specially created programme of ballet classics – including some rarities.
The packed show, which has been curated and designed by Gary, will be raising funds for the Suffolk Community Foundation’s Arts and Heritage Fund, established by the former High Sheriff Judith Shallow. Money from the fund will be used to help community arts projects across the county. As a result of these performances, they hope to have raised as much as £100,000.
Gary said that established and rising stars from The Royal Ballet will be joining him on stage to revisit some of their favourite pieces while for Gary and a couple of other dancers it will offer an opportunity to dance ‘bucket list’ pieces – performances which have so far eluded them during their professional career.
If you do not have your tickets yet, you can book via www.ipswichregent.com
If you are unable to attend but would like to show your support for this special project, there is a JustGiving page. Please don’t forget to tick the Gift Aid box if you are eligible.