“Nuit Blanche” of Island Moving Company a Midsummer Night's Dream


The rain dampened neither spirits nor the dancing at "Nuit Blanche", the annual fund raising gala of Island Moving Company, held at the Bellevue Avenue estate of Ronald Lee Fleming in Newport.  Patrons wore the suggested dress, “garden fabulous”, and the dancers were in the trees, the pool, the gardens, and the follies. 

Host Ronald Lee Fleming takes a bow

Nuit Blanche, this year subtitled “Bal de Danse”,  draws inspiration from the legendary all-night arts festival that takes place throughout Paris.  A night of performances throughout the gardens of Mr. Fleming’s Bellevue House, plus dancing into the night, the eventis unique among Newport summer galas.


Dominique Alfandre, Executive Director of the Island Moving Company, says, “We were excited to return to the stunning Bellevue House gardens, where the Nuit Blanche was born in 2013.  Our co-Chairs, Julie Warburg, Tenley van der Wal and Kate Bidlack put together a fabulous artist-filled evening to inspire and delight.  As always, we are in awe of Ron Fleming’s generosity in making this magical place available to us again.”


Gala Co-chair Julie Warburg

The Bellevue House gardens’ new architectural features were showcased by performances by Island Moving Company’s contemporary ballet dancers early in the evening.  Artistic Director Miki Ohlsen choreographed performances that took advantage of the variety of pools, ponds, follies and magnificent trees in the gardens.  Musician Michael Walsh, sketch artist Nicole Crugnale and actors from the Seaside Shakespeare Company entertained guests as they toured the grounds.


Dancer Christine in a tree

At 9 p.m. musicians and dancers led guests into a tent transformed with decor designed by Marc and Cindi Rapoza for a brief live auction led by Liz and Emlen Drayton.  There was an extensive and very successful silent auction featuring unique Newport experiences. 

Patrons joined the artists on the dance floor as Doug Woolverton and the Groove Merchants played until midnight. 


All proceeds from the event support Island Moving Company's collaborative efforts and programs.


                                                       -- L.P.


Doug Woolverton on trumpet



Board member Marilyn Woloohojian entering a bid in the auction



Newport Seen's Linda Phillips & Frank Barbosa


Read, Tenley, Onne & Bill van der Wal


Schiefflins & Bidlacks


Season sponsor Cynthia Sinclair (r) enters the garden with guests


Tara Gregg dances



Photos by Andrea Hansen














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