Special Event
Le Petit Gala
Outside the Box

Monday, November 16, 2020
In Person and Online

Le Petit Gala was held on Monday, November 16 at 7pm to help FIAF raise critical and much needed funds in support of our ambitious cultural, artistic, and educational programs.

If you have not yet donated, and would like to support FIAF during these challenging times, you can make a difference now. Donate today!

The three exhilarating commissions performed LIVE on our stage are available to watch above.

See complete details about our exceptional Soirée Outside the Box below.

LIVE Cultural Program

Monday, November 16 at 7pm
In person* at FIAF Florence Gould Hall
and streamed LIVE online for free

Jonah Bokaer Choreography
Softer Distances
Dance Solo & Quartet
With Jonah Bokaer, Isaiah João, Nadia Khayrallah, Hala Shah, and Rourou Ye

Cal Hunt
Gliding: From Brooklyn to Paris
Solo Dance

Anthony Roth Costanzo
France en chansons
Opera Countertenor
With Bryan Wagorn (piano)

The program brings together performances from three trailblazing artists who have been inspired by French and Francophone traditions and fearlessly reimagined them for contemporary audiences. Through their visionary work, they transcend border, genre, and language.

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    • Tunisian-American artist and choreographer Jonah Bokaer and his collaborators present the live world premiere of a work for four dancers. Created under the conditions of social distancing, he finds liberation within these new limitations, inventing new ways of performing together, and exploring the idea of “softer distances” in physical space. Dancers include The program features “Vesica Piscis”, a film by threeASFOUR, Alex Czetwertynski and Jessica Sofia Mitrani.

      A specialist in Gliding style of FlexN dance, Cal Hunt has toured the world, and was a featured dancer in the Opera de Paris’s acclaimed production of Les Indes Galantes. He reflects on his time in Paris here, translating his personal experience into movement.

      Acclaimed opera star Anthony Roth Costanzo surveys three centuries of French song, examining its profound connections to poetry (“L’invitation au voyage” by Henri Duparc), early foundations in opera (“J’ai perdu mon Eurydice” from Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice), and evolution into the popular variété française with an homage to 20th-century chanteuse Juliette Gréco (“Sous le ciel de Paris”).

      Download complete performance program (pdf)

Festive Dinner

Monday, November 16 at 8:15pm, SOLD OUT
In person* in the FIAF Skyroom
and virtually on Zoom

The cultural program will be followed by a dinner in FIAF’s Skyroom for a limited number* of guests.

Elegant dinner boxes featuring a three-course menu with Champagne and wine pairings are available to for delivery (Tri-State area only) to enjoy at home with friends.

Tickets at the $1000 level and higher come with the chance to win a gift bag from French Wink containing one Breakfast in Paris Candle and one Metal Line Paris Wall Art.

Prize Drawing:
Luxurious European Cruise for Two with PONANT

Drawing was held on Friday, November 20 at 5:30pm ET

The winning ticket is: MXADUS3

Embark on a musical odyssey from Edinburgh to Lisbon with PONANT, the world leader in luxury cruises. From the exceptional comfort of PONANT’s Jacques Cartier ship, you will encounter extraordinary landscapes and countless cultural and historic treasures of Western Europe. For your 8-night cruise, you will stay in a sumptuous Stateroom and enjoy world-class service with a French touch.

Cruise dates: September 22–30, 2021
Proceeds from the drawing go in support of FIAF

Learn More

Online Auction:
Unforgettable Experiences and Rare Items

Closed on Monday, November 16 at 9:30pm ET

The auction featured more than 40 unique items including a fabulous six-night vacation at the Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican Republic; lithographs by Jeff Koons and Joan Miro; an artwork by Jonah Bokaer; luxury handbags from exclusive French maisons; selections of prestigious Champagnes, wines, and fine food; and lots more.

Under the High Patronage of

His Excellency Ambassador Mr. Philippe Etienne
Ambassador of France to the United States

His Excellency Mr. Nicolas de Rivière
Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations

Mr. Jérémie Robert
Consul General of France in New York
And Mrs. Shinuna Karume

Mr. Gaëtan Bruel
Cultural Counselor of the Embassy of France

Benefit Committee

Homaira Akbari
Stephanie Arsham
Patricia Barron
Marie-Eve Berty
BNP Paribas
Hombeline & Patrick Baugier de Chevestre
James G. Brooks Jr. & Yann Coatanlem
Anne Busquet
Samantha & Nabil Chartouni
Freddy & Fred Chesnais
Clo & Charles S. Cohen
Hélène Comfort
Cécile David-Weill
Betty & Jean-Marie Eveillard
FIAF Young Patrons
Mary Ann Fribourg
Nicole-Juliet Friedman
Véronique Gabai Pinski
Michèle Gerber Klein
Charles de Lardemelle
Jeanne & Alexandre Leviant
Denise Littlefield Sobel
Barbara Luse
Bénédicte de Montlaur & Keith Yazmir
Clémence & William von Mueffling
Christina Murphy
Marie Nugent-Head Marlas & James C. Marlas
Richard Mines – WB Wood
M&T Bank
Stephanie & Jesse Newhouse
Béatrice Philippe & Zoltan Hankovszky
Patricia de Picciotto
Monique & Robert Schweich
Dr. Michael S. Siegal & Nomi P. Ghez
Amelia & Mortimer Singer
Amy & David Sorkin
Van Cleef & Arpels
Mailys Vranken
Elisabeth Wilmers
Shirin von Wulffen & Frederic Fekkai