The festivities for the New York City Ballet’s Spring Gala kicked off last night with two world premieres at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Includes Diana Taylor (Chairman, NYC Bank of Commerce), Michael Bloomberg, Lauren Chen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Fe Fendi, Carolina Herrera and Steve Guests, including Gonzalez, came to the magical reception hall to enjoy cocktail hour. Dressed in lively costumes, the group prepares to celebrate the awakening of spring with a night of splendor at the ballet.
When the clock strikes 7: PM, the show begins. Tony Award-winning director Christopher Weldon (who celebrated his 20 second feature for NYCB) unveils his latest project, From You Within Me . Dressed in dazzling red and blue leotards, twelve dancers seem to defy the laws of gravity, soaring effortlessly through the air, wowing audiences with their mesmerizing combination of balance, power and grace.
The evening also marked the debut of Canadian choreographer Alysa Pires. Debut, showing her standard deviation for the organization . With Chris Hemingway’s soulful saxophone playing, this theatrical spectacle celebrated ballet’s timeless tradition and juxtaposed with perfectly symmetrical contemporary movements, creating a captivating fusion of old and new that drew a standing ovation from the audience. “This is one of the biggest commissions of my career – if not the biggest Pires told Vogue. Due to the unprecedented delays caused by the pandemic, Pires has spent the past four years perfecting her masterpiece, drawing inspiration from her daughter to create a flawless choreography. “Especially because my daughter, I have more perspective on what that means and it’s all been incredible, but the best part of my day is when I get home and spend time with her. “
Last scene of the night, Justin Parker’s Times were racing and proved to be a masterpiece of choreographic skill, captivating audiences who stayed on the edge of their seats throughout the performance. With 22 Moving with incredible precision and speed, the dancers perform in perfect sync with Dan Deacon’s rousing music, keeping the audience’s heart racing along with the performers.
As the curtains lifted, guests lined up to the promenade for dinner, basking in the whimsical decor that permeated the space. Fresh orchids in vibrant magenta adorned the tables and pink hanging from the ceiling and baby blue hydrangeas. The pink and purple lights gave off a warm and romantic glow, giving the room a spring vibe. During the dinner program, NYCB Events Chair Allyson Tang praised the evening’s performance and expressed gratitude to all of the ballet Supporters expressed their gratitude for helping NYCB become a beacon of joy and inspiration.”At NYCB, we have 100 diamonds; they are our dancers, on and off the stage It’s all sparkling,” she said. A silky white chocolate cheesecake topped with poached apricot and coconut ice cream. As night fell, attendees flooded the dance floor for an evening of artistic ecstasy and excitement of the season.