Pretty Things: Taking A Ballet Break
This week back home, my most favorite New York City event is taking place: City Ballet's Fall Gala. An evening dedicated to dance, fashion, Balanchine and all things New York, the event was conceived by NYCB board member Sarah Jessica Parker five years ago.
Now for context, the gala has its fair share of critics -- most notably the New York Times, who called this year's night a "trivial event." But I still love it.
During the gala's inaugural evening in 2012, Valentino himself designed 25 (!!) costumes for four new ballets, which included Wendy Whelan wearing the most beautiful green dress while dancing Christopher Wheeldon's choreography set to Dinah Washington's rendition of "This Bitter Earth." (And if you have ever listened to that haunting version of the classic song, please stop reading at this very instant and click here.)
In the four years since Valentino, City Ballet and SJP have gotten the likes of Carolina Herrera, Prabal Gurung, Olivier Theyskens, Sarah Burton, Mary Katrantzou, Thom Browne, Peter Copping, Zuhair Murad and the list goes on. This year, costumes were designed by Dries Van Noten, Rosie Assoulin, Jason Wu, and Narciso Rodriguez.
Since I wasn't there to experience the magic, I went down a rabbit hole of NYCB's Facebook page and found that the dance company posts short clips of various performances. I've been watching one every few days, during what has become my daily ballet break. I highly suggest you do the same. It's so relaxing. Enjoy!