Inside the American Ballet Theatre 2019 spring gala
On May 20th, the American Ballet Theatre held its annual Spring Gala in New York City at Lincoln Center, which celebrated the tenth anniversary of Alexei Ratmansky as artist in residence and presented his new ballet The Seasons. ABT also honored Andrew F. Barth.
The gala chairs were Emily and Len Blavatnik, Pamela and David Ford, Sutton Stracke and Elizabeth Segerstrom. The Segerstrom Center For The Arts in California is ABT’s ‘winter home’. Harry Winston was the presenting sponsor.
Guests included Katie Holmes, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Amy Astley, Joanna Fisher, Fiona Cibani, Jean Shafiroff, Diana Vishneva and Konstantin Selinevich, Britt Meyer, Grace Pen, Carol Perry, Douglas Runte, Hamish Bowles, Barbara and Donald Tober, Judith Hoffman, Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl, Elizabeth An, Lauren Santo Domingo, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Paul Sparks, Marshall Watson, and ABT dancers Hee Seo, Stella Abrera, Daniil Simkin, Sarah Lane, and Christine Shevchenko.
The Spring Gala performance featured the World Premiere of The Seasons by Ratmansky, set to Alexander Glazunov’s eponymous score, and a performance of Ratmansky’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium. Following the ballet, guests walked along the plaza to the David H. Koch Theater where they enjoyed a multi-course dinner and dancing to music by DJ Runna.