This past Thursday nightthere 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 honoredYolanda Santos, Founding Member of ABT’s Global Council and Founder of Ballet de Monterrey, and Laura Esquivel.
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.