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The final bow at American Ballet Theatre's New York Premiere of Like Water for Chocolate, at its annual June Gala.

This past Thursday night there was a huge turnout at Lincoln Center where the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) celebrated its annual June Gala marking the Company’s highly anticipated return to the Metropolitan Opera House for the Summer season and New York Premiere of Like Water for Chocolate, a new ballet inspired by Laura Esquivel‘s beloved novel of the same title. 

The new three-act ballet featured the award-winning team of choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and composer Joby Talbot, with scenery and costumes by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, and video design by Luke Hall.

The special evening honored Yolanda Santos, Founding Member of ABT’s Global Council and Founder of Ballet de Monterrey, and Laura Esquivel.

Barbara Navarro, Lilia Ortiz, Gabrielle Esizondo, Yolanda Santos (third from right) and friends.

The ABT is offering several performances of Like Water for Chocolate through this coming Saturday, July 1st, with globally renowned conductor Alondra de la Parra who conducted the first four performances.

Among those at evening’s champagne reception and black-tie dinner afterwards: Katie Holmes, Mick Jagger and Melanie Hamrick, Julianne Hough, Jason Rodriguez, Misty Copeland, Elizabeth Sulcer, Candace Bushnell, Lumi Cavazos, Quentin Grimes, B Michael, Mark-Anthony Edwards, Amy Astley, Cynthia Rowley, Wilson Cruz, Joselo Rangel, Tony Plana, Marysol Castro, Alexandra O’Neill, Grace Duah, Prabal Gurang, Chris Lowell, Tia Adeola, Carly Cushnie, Ezra Williams, Jon Boy and more.

A great night for fans of the ballet.

L. to r.: Cassandra Trenary; Devon Teuscher and Sierra Armstrong.
Mick Jagger and Melanie Hamrick.

Julie Wald, Hillary Frazer, Katie Ho, Rachel Hickey, Jennifer Farrell, and Josette Winograd.

Larissa Saveliev, Alex DiMattia, Dimitri Drone, Krystn Hammond, Petar Krbavac-Sanders, and Prince A. Sanders.
Lilia Ortiz, Barbara Navarro, and Gabrielle Esizondo.
L. to r.: Christopher Wheeldon and Julianne Hough; Jacek Mysinski and Calvin Royal III.
Image Description: Leo Vergra, Douglas Wourth, Susan Jaffe, and PJ Pascual.
L. to r.:  Nancy McCormick and Ramon Rasco; Olivia Tweedy.
Scout Forsythe, Alex DiMattia, Katie Williams, and Paulina Waski.
L. to r.: Casey Kohlberg; Misty Copeland.
Gerardo Tamayo, Chiara Gorodesky, Jorge Islas López, and Ana Sofia Salas.
Kelly Grimm, Melissa Smith, Shannon Houston, and Lauren Shortt.
Malcolm Carfrae, Kathleen A. Stothers-Holmes, Katie Holmes, and John Wattiker.
L. to r.: Carly Cushnie and Johanna Ovsenek; Jesse and Emma Watters.
Tanya Young Williams and Cynthia Bailey.
L. to r.: Amory McAndrew, Isiah Magsino, and Elizabeth Kurpis; Pj Pascual and Stella Abrera.
Máximo Flügelman, Sadi Flügelman, and Ana Vilma Foler.
L. to r.: Meredith Keay, Courtney Dellacava, and Meghan Carleton; Jim Marver and Shirin Kaufman.
Sascha Radetsky, Michelle Rodriquez, Nicole Callaghan, and Stella Abrera.

Dinner on the Grande Promenade of David Geffen Hall.
L. to r.: Sutton Stracke and Susan Jaffe; Ann Marie DeAngelo, Carmen Fox, and Andy Barth.
Susan Fales-Hill, Beth Chartoff Spector, and Lucregia Boissie.
Candace Bushnell and Amy Astley.
L. to r.: Jean Shafiroff and Lizzie Asher; Alison Cohn and Ali Wambold.
Courtney Dellacava, Meghan Carleton, Meredith Keay, and Melissa Smith.
L. to r.: Julia Erdman and Sarah Arison; Wilson Cruz and Ann Unterberg.
Sharon Patrick, Sheila Grant, and Jody Grant.
Rachel Moore, George Skouras, and Lourdes Lopez.
Caryn Zucker, Emily Blavatnik and friends.

Photographs by Rupert Ramsay/

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