Walking past rows of conspicuous hood ornaments at the Chelsea Piers, The Observer could smell the party well before we could see it. A heady mixture of curry and truffles filled the parking lot as we trekked to Manhattan’s western extremity, the Lighthouse at Pier 61.
At the entrance to the American Ballet Theatre’s Culinary Pas de Deux, we were greeted by several young dancers in Renaissance peasant costumes. With deep curtsies, the ballerinas directed us inside.
The space had been converted into a veritable smorgasbord for the grand alimentary fete, with chefs from the city’s top restaurants churning out hundreds of mini dishes for the guests to enjoy. Serving stations, interspersed with well-stocked bars, became the sites of swirling feeding frenzies as attendees strove to get their fill.
“Apparently, Alastair Macaulay”—The Times’ dance writer—”is not invited to these events, and that means we get to come back!” said Craig Salstein, an American Ballet Theatre soloist and co-host of the ABT’s annual fund-raiser.
The Culinary Pas de Deux was held Monday in the ballroom at Pier 60 in Chelsea Piers. Aside from live entertainment Read More
At around 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 18, a procession of women in billowing gowns was making its way in the courtyard of the Metropolitan Opera House for the American Ballet’s spring gala.
“I cannot wait to see Michelle Obama!” said the fit morning-talk-show host Kelly Ripa, adding that she was wearing fake eyelashes for Read More
You can usually tell how healthy a ballet company is by the degree of your interest in the middle ranks of the dancers—the not-yet stars, the up-and-comers. With American Ballet Theatre, we get only one chance a year to take the company’s temperature this way, since its long spring season at the Met is focused Read More
Danny Elfman, the film composer who has written endearingly creepy scores for The Simpsons and dozens of Tim Burton movies like Edward Scissorhands (and whom some of us incidentally still think of as the ringleader of 1980′s new-wave band Oingo Boingo), has been commissioned write for a ballet in production at Read More
Joel Lobenthal at The New York Sun wrote:
American Ballet Theatre’s first-night galas, which have been on the upswing during the past few years, backslid Tuesday night at the opening of its annual City Center season. The programming was stolid. The personnel were needlessly restricted, and the performances should have been better. ABT’s galas Read More