WAS and ABT
|Last Thursday night at the Park Avenue Armory was the Opening Night Party of the Winter Antiques Show to benefit the East Side House Settlement. WAS, as some are now calling it, marks the beginning of the social season that will now extend until late May when people start preparing for summer (and many leaving the city whenever they can).
The evening’s co-chairs were Lucinda Ballard, Arie Kopelman and Michael Lynch. Arie Kopelman, now retired President of Chanel US, has been at the center of producing this Opening Night for many years, and has been a hands-on contributor to its successes. The Opening Night Party Chair was Kathleen Tierney, Executive Vice President and COO of Chubb Personal Insurance.
|The East Side House Settlement was established 124 years ago in 1891 as a non-profit community service organization. The “settlement houses,” of which there are several in the greater New York area, were all founded to assist newcomers (immigrants) and the poor in the neighborhoods. They are the glue to a cohesive community that moves and grows in every direction by leaps and bounds in the city called New York.|
|This year is the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the American Ballet Theatre, and the season will be highlighted by the New York Premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s all-new production of The Sleeping Beauty, a revival of Lar Lubovitch’s Othello and repertory programs featuring historic works in celebration of the Company’s 75th Anniversary Season.
Last Wednesday night at Alice Tully Hall, they held a reception and screening of clips for supporters of Ric Burns’ new documentary on the history of The American Ballet Theatre. There was a big turnout and these photos will give you an idea of the support and devotion that ABT evokes in many New Yorkers.
|Principal Dancers for the 2015 Metropolitan Opera House season include Roberto Bolle, Isabella Boylston, Herman Cornejo, Marcelo Gomes, David Hallberg, Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent, Gillian Murphy, Veronika Part, Xiomara Reyes, Polina Semionova, Hee Seo, Daniil Simkin, Cory Stearns, Diana Vishneva and James Whiteside. Guest Artists for the season include Semyon Chudin, principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, Maria Kochetkova, principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet, Denys Nedak, soloist with the National Ballet of Ukraine, Marianela Nuñez, principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, Evgenia Obraztsova, principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, Natalia Osipova, principal dancer with The Royal Ballet and Olga Smirnova, leading soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet.
Breaking with tradition, ABT’s annual Spring Gala, this year in celebration of the Company’s Diamond Anniversary, will be held during the second week of the Met season, on Monday, May 18 at 6:30 P.M. The evening will feature performances spanning ABT’s seven and a half decades. With guest speakers and film excerpts, the evening will honor the historic of ballets and the dancers who have shaped the Company's identity. For information on ABT’s 75th Anniversary Gala, call the Special Events Office at 212-477-3030, ext. 3310.
| Photographs by Patrick McMullan (ABT); BFA (WAS).|