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Youth America Grand Prix 20th Anniversary ‘Stars of Today Meets The Stars of Tomorrow’ Gala
April 18 @ 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
The 20th Anniversary of the annually sold-out Youth America Grand Prix “Stars of Today Meets the Stars of Tomorrow” Gala will feature talented young finalists of YAGP’s 2019 Season sharing the program with today’s most prominent international ballet stars.
The evening will feature the World Premiere of Porte Rouge; a collaboration by Mick Jagger and Melanie Hamrick. The Rolling Stones will provide music, orchestrated by Mick Jagger, with choreography by Melanie Hamrick and Joanna Defelice. Melanie’s American Ballet Theatre colleagues – dancers Skylar Brandt, Herman Cornejo, Calvin Royal, and Christine Shevchenko – will perform. Indiana Woodward and Taylor Stanley of New York City Ballet will perform Tarantella Pas de Deux set to music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk with George Balanchine’s choreography. Then, Ekaterina Kondaurova and Konstantin Zverev of Mariinsky Ballet will dance to In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated with choreography by William Forsythe, and music by Thom Willems. Olga Smirnova of the Bolshoi Ballet and Kimin Kim of the Mariinsky Ballet will perform Black Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake with choreography by Marius Petipa and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s music. In a World Premiere, Derek Dunn of Boston Ballet and Juliano Nunes of Royal Ballet of Flanders will perform Nothing Left set to choreography by Nunes himself and Karen LeFrak’s music. Hee Seo and Cory Stearns of American Ballet Theatre will follow with Act I Pas de Deux from Manon with choreography by Sir Kenneth MacMillan and music by Jules Massenet. World Ballroom Champion Denys Drozdyuk and American Ballet Theatre’s Catherine Hurlin will perform Paso Doble set to choreography by Donnie Burns and Gaynor Fairweather, with music by Pascual Marquina Narro. Light Rain features Victor Ullate Ballet’s Lucia Lacarra and Joffrey Ballet’s Fabrice Calmels set to Gerard Arpino’s choreography and Dream Dancer’s music. Zoey Anderson of Parsons Dance will perform Caught to David Parsons’ choreography and Robert Fripp’s music. Dying Swan will feature Bolshoi Ballet’s Olga Smirnova set to Mikhail Fokine’s choreography and Camille Saint-Saëns’ music, played by pianist Micah McLaurin. YAGP alumni will conclude the show with Don Q Jubilee, set to choreography by Marius Petipa and Ludwig Minkus’ music. *
The program will be followed by a Gala Dinner, honoring Marcella Guarino Hymowitz, on the promenade of the David H. Koch Theater. Dinner co-chairs include Marcella Guarino Hymowitz along with Rebecca Hessel Cohen, Candice Miller, Colby Mugrabi, Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Lesley Thompson Vecsler, and Annelise Peterson Winter. Marcella is also spearheading Beautiful At The Ballet; a new initiative where one-of-a-kind ballet tutu’s are auctioned off to help talented young artists realize their dream of a professional dance career. Tutu creations by fashion houses Carolina Herrera, MONSE, and The Row will be on display at the Gala.