‘Topia’ Opening Night Celebration

More than 170 Prima Circle members attended the opening night celebration for Ballet Arizona’s performance of Topia on May 23. Ib Andersen’s production of Topia ran from May 23 to June 10 at Desert Botanical Garden.

Prima Circle members came together to celebrate the end of the 2016-2017 season in the Boppart Courtyard with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Attendees heard from Samantha Turner, Ballet Arizona executive director, and Ib Andersen, artistic director. Andersen reflected on the season, saying All Balanchine was “pretty damn good” and noted that almost none of the current company dancers had danced in Topia since its last performance in 2013. Both leaders thanked donors and supporters in the audience.

Prima Circle members support Ballet Arizona with an annual donation of $1,500 or more.


Maureen Eye, Mary Frazier and Thomas Eye; John Jennings, Carol Schilling and Randy Schilling

Cathy Dickey, Tana Herrington, Jacquie Dorrance, Susan Palmer-Hunter and Maria Jacobs

Joan Berry, Samantha Turner and Jim Heffernan; Oonagh and John Boppart

Larry Gutsch, Barbara Fenzl, Jackie Gutsch, Craig Graves, Jody Pelusi, Terry Fenzl, and Mary and David Patino

Daniel Kazman, Donald and Barbara Ottosen, Kate Baker, Natalie Platt, Harry Papp, Janie Raynak and Sue Navran

Veronica Martinez and Joseph Nusairat; Ellie Mitchell, Sofie Harris, Jamie Greene and Molly Greene

Bob and Mitzi Olivere, and Linda and Ralph Lindgren

Prima Circle Committee: Joan Berry, Adrienne Schiffner, Susie Fowls, Kate Groves, Jim Smith, Miranda Lumer, Jim Heffernan and Betsy Curley

Steve and Merle Rosskam, and Rose and Harry Papp

Carol Schilling and Adrienne Schiffner

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