Center Stage

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Owen Hoffmann/PMC
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

On Wednesday, May 4, The David H. Koch Theater was flooded with colorful taffetas, silks, and chiffons, as New York’s social swans took their seats at the New York City Ballet annual Spring Gala.

Guests, including Paris and Barron Hilton, Indre Rockefeller, Blythe Danner, Judy Glickman Lauder and Leonard A. Lauder, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Selita Ebanks, Fe Fendi, Arden Wohl, Lainy Hedaya, Yaz Hernandez, Dennis Basso, Nicole DiCocco, enjoyed the two highly anticipated premieres of the spring season, Nicolas Blanc’s Mothership and the world premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s American Rhapsody.

Mothership is an original work by French choreographer Nicolas Blanc, Ballet Master and Principal Coach with the Joffrey Ballet.  American Rhapsody is created by a Tony Award-winner by Tony Award-winner (An American in Paris, Best Choreography) and former NYCB Resident Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, set to Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” featuring lavish costumes by former NYCB Principal Dancer Janie Taylor and stunning scenery by New York-based Cuban artist Leslie Sardinias. The talented Unity Phelan, Amar Ramasar, and ballet’s favorite husband-and-wife power couple, Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild, danced it.

Both of the productions earned standing ovations as the evening continued with honoring the board chairman  a continuous supporter of NYCB beloved by many for his unparalleled dedication to the Company.

After the standing ovation finally came to halt, guests were escorted to the reception room, decorated with overflowing lilac roses, hydrangea, and anemones, and table settings, mimicking spring blossoms with the glittering mobiles hanging from the room’s ceiling.

Guests enjoyed a decadent meal of smoked salmon and cucumber salad, braised short ribs, and asparagus accompanied by signature cocktails.

As the night came to an end, guests dressed in ballet-like gowns, danced the night away in the company of world class dancers like Mikhail Baryshnikov, a beacon of NYCB illustrious history marked by incredible successes. And judging by the NYCB’s two newest offerings, continuous worldwide acclaimed reputation for many seasons to come.

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Photos by Owen Hoffmann/PMC


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