New York City Ballet Hosts 2013 Fall Gala Tonight
New York City Ballet's annual Fall Gala will celebrate dance and fashion with three world premiere ballets, and costumes designed by some of the fashion world's most exciting talents. The one-time-only gala evening will take place tonight, September 19, 2013, and this year's participants include choreographers Benjamin Millepied, in collaboration with the Dutch designer Iris van Herpen; Justin Peck, who will create a new ballet featuring costumes by the acclaimed New York-based fashion designer Prabal Gurung; and Angelin Preljocaj, who will work with Olivier Theyskens, the Belgian-born designer who is the Artistic Director of the American fashion house Theory.
The gala evening will take place at New York City Ballet's home at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the David H. Koch Theater, and will follow New York's semi-annual Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week, which has been held at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park since September 2010. This fall, from September 5 through 12, designers from around the world will show their 2014 Spring Collections on the Lincoln Center campus. The following week, NYCB will open its four-week Fall Season, which will run from Tuesday, September 17 through Sunday, October 13.
Sarah Jessica Parker, the actress, producer, and philanthropist, who is a member of the NYCB Board of Directors and was instrumental in developing the idea of bringing together the worlds of ballet and fashion for a special gala evening at NYCB, will once again serve as a chairman for the event. Parker was also a chairman for NYCB's 2012 Fall Gala celebration of the legendary couturier Valentino Garavani. Other Chairmen for the 2013 Fall Gala include Jon Stryker and Slobodan Randjelovic and NYCB Board Member Darren Walker.
World Premiere by Benjamin Millepied Costumes Designed by Iris van Herpen
The French choreographer and founder of the L.A. Dance Project, Benjamin Millepied, who danced with the New York City Ballet from 1995 to 2011, and will become the Director of Dance at the Paris Opera Ballet in September 2014, will premiere his fifth work for NYCB as part of the Fall Gala evening. For the new ballet, Millepied will use a score called Drones and Viola, which was written for viola and piano by the prolific American composer Nico Muhly, who is a frequent collaborator with Millepied. The two artists previously worked with NYCB on the ballet Two Hearts, which premiered in 2012.
The costumes for Millepied's premiere will be designed by Iris van Herpen, the Dutch fashion designer who launched her eponymous fashion label in 2007 after graduating from the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in the Netherlands and then interning with Alexander McQueen in London. Van Herpen, whose first passion is dance, frequently collaborates with artists from various disciplines, including the Dutch director and choreographer Nanine Linning, the London- based architect Daniel Widrig, and the Dutch architect Rem D. Koolhaas on his United Nude shoe brand. She has also designed for Lady Gaga, and collaborated with the Icelandic performer and artist Björk, who has worn van Herpen's designs for videos, photo shoots, and concert appearances. Van Herpen is a guest member of the prestigious Parisian Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, and was the first designer to introduce 3D printing technology to the world of fashion, with Time Magazine naming her 3D printed dresses as one of the 50 Best Inventions of 2011.
World Premiere by Justin Peck Costumes Designed by Prabal Gurung
The second World Premiere of the evening will be created by NYCB Soloist Justin Peck who is making a work for five dancers set to Lukas Foss' Capriccio for cello and piano. In the past year and a half, the 25-year old Peck has received an unprecedented six commissions from NYCB, creating In Creases, Year of the Rabbit and Paz de la Jolla for NYCB's 2012-13 season. In addition to the Fall Gala premiere, Peck is also scheduled to created a new work for NYCB's touring company, NYCB MOVES, which will premiere in August 2013 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and he will also create a new ballet for the Company's 2014 Spring Gala with a commissioned score by the American singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens, with whom Peck previously worked with on Year of the Rabbit.