From 2018: Choreography & Couture: 2018 Fall Gala
(New York) – On September 26, 2019 New York City Ballet will present its annual Fall Fashion Gala, celebrating choreography and costume design with two world premiere works showcasing some of today’s most exciting artists from the worlds of dance and fashion.
For the Company’s eighth edition of the Fall Fashion Gala, Edwaard Liang, Artistic Director of BalletMet and a former dancer with NYCB and Nederlands Dans Theater, will create his first original work for NYCB, featuring costumes designed by beloved fashion icon Anna Sui. The music for the Liang premiere will be an untitled new work for solo violin and orchestra by composer Oliver Davis, which will debut at the Fall Gala performance.
The second world premiere will be choreographed by New York City Ballet Principal Dancer and choreographer Lauren Lovette. Her third work for NYCB, the new Lovette premiere will be set to Tan Dun’s “Fire Ritual” for solo violin and orchestra, and will feature costumes by acclaimed New York fashion designer Zac Posen.
The evening will also include a performance of George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, a pillar of New York City Ballet’s repertory since 1948, set to music by Georges Bizet and featuring costumes redesigned in 2012 by NYCB Director of Costumes Marc Happel.
All three works on the gala program will feature lighting designed by NYCB Resident Lighting Designer Mark Stanley.
From 2012: Valentino & The New York City Ballet Fall Gala
Conceived by NYCB Board Vice Chair Sarah Jessica Parker, and launched in 2012 with a gala celebration of the legendary designer Valentino, NYCB’s Fall Fashion Gala has since featured costumes designed by Virgil Abloh of Off-WhiteTM, Rosie Assoulin, Thom Browne, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Tsumori Chisato, Peter Copping for Oscar de la Renta, Giles Deacon, Alberta Ferretti, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim of MONSE and Oscar de la Renta, Prabal Gurung, Carolina Herrera, Mary Katrantzou, Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony and Kenzo, Hanako Maeda of ADEAM, Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida of Marques’Almeida, Zuhair Murad, Gareth Pugh, Narciso Rodriguez, Jonathan Saunders, Olivier Theyskens, Iris van Herpen, Dries Van Noten, and Jason Wu.
These artists have designed costumes for works by choreographers Kyle Abraham, Robert Binet, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Lauren Lovette, Peter Martins, Benjamin Millepied, Matthew Neenan, Justin Peck, Angelin Preljocaj, Gianna Reisen, Liam Scarlett, Troy Schumacher, Myles Thatcher, Peter Walker, and Christopher Wheeldon. All of the designs have been created in house at the New York City Ballet Costume Shop in collaboration with the designers and NYCB’s Director of Costumes Marc Happel.
Since the inception of the first Fall Fashion Gala in 2012, the annual event has raised more than $17 million for New York City Ballet. The Chairs for the eighth edition of the event will include Parker and co-chairs Mazdack Rassi, Zanna Roberts Rassi, Kelly Ripa, and Lizzie Tisch. The 2019 Fall Gala is generously sponsored by BNY Mellon.
Fall Gala Tickets
Benefit-priced tickets for the gala evening, which include the 7 p.m. performance, a pre-performance reception, and black-tie supper ball following the performance, are available through the NYCB Special Events Office at 212-870-5585 and at nycballet.com/fallgala. Tickets for the performance only start at $35 and will be available starting on August 4, 2019 at nycballet.com, by calling 212-496-0600, or at the David H. Koch Theater box office, located at West 63rd Street and Columbus Avenue.