The New York City Ballet Presents the 2014 Fall Gala, 9/23
New York City Ballet's annual Fall Gala will once again celebrate ballet and fashion with a program that will include three world premiere ballets by Justin Peck, Liam Scarlett, and Troy Schumacher, as well as existing works by Peter Martins and Christopher Wheeldon, all featuring costumes designed by an international roster of some of the fashion world's most renowned talents: Thom Browne, Sarah Burton, Valentino Garavani, Carolina Herrera, and Mary Katrantzou. The one- time-only gala evening will take place on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, opening New York City Ballet's four-week Fall Season at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.
This year's gala program will include world premiere ballets by three exciting young choreographers including Justin Peck, NYCB Soloist and the Company's newly named Resident Choreographer, who will collaborate with London-based Greek fashion designer Mary Katrantzou; British choreographer Liam Scarlett, who will work with Sarah Burton, the British designer who is Creative Director of the Alexander McQueen brand; and NYCB corps de ballet member Troy Schumacher, who will make his NYCB choreographic debut in collaboration with New York-based designer Thom Browne.
The evening will also feature Peter Martins' 2001 work Morgen, with all-new costumes by the world renowned luxury womenswear designer Carolina Herrera, as well as Christopher Wheeldon's This Bitter Earth, which premiered at the Company's 2012 Fall Gala featuring costumes by the legendary couturier Valentino Garavani.
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 launch NYCB's four-week Fall Season, which will run from Tuesday, September 23 through Sunday, October 19. All five ballets on the September 23 gala evening will also be performed on Thursday, October 2; Tuesday, October 7; Thursday, October 9; and Saturday, October 11 (eve).
Sarah Jessica Parker, the actress, producer, and philanthropist, who is a Vice Chair of the NYCB Board of Directors and has been instrumental in bringing together the worlds of ballet and fashion for a special gala evening at NYCB, will serve as a chairman for the event for the third consecutive year. Other Chairmen for the 2014 Fall Gala include jewelry artist Cindy Chao, fashion advertising executive Trey Laird and his wife Jennifer, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Financial Officer and NYCB Board Member Marianne Lake.
World Premiere by Justin Peck Costumes Designed by Mary Katrantzou
Justin Peck, NYCB Soloist and newly appointed Resident Choreographer, will premiere the seventh work he has created for NYCB in less than two and a half years. The new work will be set to Ce?sar Franck's Untitled piece (Solo de piano), for piano accompanied by string quintet, Op. 10, marking the first time that Franck's music has been included in the NYCB repertory. Peck, who joined NYCB as a member of the corps de ballet in 2007, was promoted to Soloist in 2013, and was named NYCB Resident Choreographer in July 2014.
The costumes for Peck's Fall Gala premiere will be designed by London-based Greek designer Mary Katrantzou, who launched her first collection in 2009. Born in Athens, Katrantzou moved to the U.S. to study architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, before transferring to Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London, where she received a BA in Textile Design. After graduating in 2005, Katrantzou shifted her direction from textile design to womenswear with a focus on print, and went on to receive her MA in Fashion from Central Saint Martins. Her first ready-to-wear collection debuted at London Fashion Week in Spring/Summer 2009. Katrantzou received the prestigious Swiss Textiles Award in 2010, and in November 2011 was awarded the British Fashion Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear. In February 2012, Katrantzou was awarded Young Designer of the Year at the Elle Style Awards.
World Premiere by Liam Scarlett Costumes Designed by Sarah Burton
The second world premiere of the evening will be choreographed by British choreographer Liam Scarlett. A former dancer with The Royal Ballet, Scarlett made his first work for that company in 2010, and was named The Royal Ballet's Artist in Residence in 2012. In 2009, Scarlett participated in the Fall session of the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet. This is Scarlett's second work for NYCB, following the premiere of Acheron in January 2014.
For Scarlett's Fall Gala premiere he will collaborate with Sarah Burton, the renowned British designer and Creative Director of the Alexander McQueen brand. Burton studied fashion at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London and joined the Alexander McQueen company in 1996. In 2000, Burton was made Head of Design for womenswear at Alexander McQueen, and was promoted to Creative Director of the Alexander McQueen brand in 2010, having worked alongside McQueen for more than 14 years. In April 2011, she received global recognition as the designer of the wedding dress for HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton, on the occasion of her marriage to HRH Prince William. Burton was recipient of the Designer of the Year award at the British Fashion Awards in November 2011. Burton was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in April 2012 and was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to the British fashion industry in 2012.
World Premiere by Troy Schumacher Costumes Designed by Thom Browne
The final world premiere of the evening will be choreographed by NYCB corps de ballet member, Troy Schumacher, marking Schumacher's choreographic debut with the Company. The work will be set to a score by Judd Greenstein, the Brooklyn-based composer of contemporary classical music, who is also a Co-Founder of New Amsterdam Records. Schumacher joined NYCB as a member of the corps de ballet in 2005 and participated in the Fall 2012 session of the New York Choreographic Institute. In 2010 Schumacher founded BalletCollective (formerly Satellite Ballet), a creative collaboration of artists, poets, composers, musicians, choreographers, and designers that has performed the collaborative work of more than 30 artists since its founding.
Costumes for the new Schumacher work will be designed by New York-based designer Thom Browne, who introduced his first ready-to-wear collection in New York in 2003. Known for creating clothes that are based on hand-made tailoring, Browne's collections have evolved into creations which have drawn attention from the fashion and design industry worldwide, often pushing the boundaries of conventional conceptions. He has been honored with the Council of Fashion Designers of America Menswear Designer of the Year Award in 2013 and 2006 and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2012. Browne's women's ready-to-wear collection was introduced in 2011. The Thom Browne collections are available through his flagships stores in New York and Tokyo as well as at designer specialty stores around the world, such as Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Colette and Le Bon Marche? in Paris, Harrods, Selfridges and Dover Street Market in London and Tokyo, Isetan, Restir and United Arrows in Tokyo.