On Thursday night, a chic group of New Yorkers dressed in colorful outfits reminiscent of summer flowers gathered at the Metropolitan Opera House to celebrate the American Ballet Theater Summer Gala and host Christopher Christopher Wheeldon’s New York debut was like chocolate water.
Weldon, deeply moved by the 1910 film adaptation (inspired by Laura Esquivel’s acclaimed 1910 novel), brings the story to life with a compelling choreography. The show weaves romance, family drama and folklore set in early century Mexico. At the heart of the story is Tita de la Garza, played by Cassandra Trenary, a young woman bound by social conventions whose emotional The journey is manifested through the art of cooking. Combining magical realism with storytelling, the performance conveys a myriad of emotions, with elegance and passion intertwined, deeply resonating with the audience.
Bob Crowley’s vibrant costumes drew rapturous applause from the audience. The audience went back to 1910 Mexico, and at the end of the show, Laura Esquivel herself appeared on stage, causing a standing ovation from the audience, who were all on their phones Capture this momentous moment in the sky.
After the three-part finale ballet, guests headed to the Grand reception hall. The night honored Yolanda Santos, founding member of the ABT Global Council and founder of the Monterey Ballet, as well as Esquivel herself. Before the guests could finish their second course, there was a sudden rhythm in the air (perhaps caused by the presence of Rolling Stones legend Mick Jagger), and everyone was magnetic before dessert was served. Attracted, eagerly gathered around the dance floor. A magical night.