Carmen de Lavallade and Geoffrey Holder
Artistic Director/Co-chair, Judith Jamison and Associate Artistic Director Masazumi Chaya
Co-chairs: Sandy and Joan Weill, Kathryn and Kenneth Chenault
Janice and Christopher Williams
Bruce Gordon, Twana Tibbs and Rev. Jesse Jackson
Harold Ford and fiancee
Russell Simmons, Porschia Coleman and Rev. Jesse Jackson
World renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater kicked off their season with an Opening Night Gala in New York. The benefit raised more than $2.7 million for all Ailey’s essential programs with support from over 1300 patrons. The Gala performance featured the company premiere of Firebird, choreographed by Maurice Béjart, Reflections in D, a solo Mr. Ailey created for himself in 1962, and the globally acclaimed, Revelations.
A heart-felt tribute by Artistic Director Judith Jamison and Gala Co-chairs Joan and Sandy Weill was paid to Maurice Béjart, who passed away one week before the Gala as "an innovator, humanist and a citizen of culture and the world." The AAADT received outstanding reviews for their opening night performances from The New York Times who stated Clifton Brown was "Perfect for the role" in Firebird, as well as, "Matthew Rushing's lyrical control proves riveting, beautifully attuned to Eric Scott Reed's live performance at the piano."
Dancers and patrons alike, looked glamorous as they united for dinner and dancing at the New York Sheraton Metropolitan Ballroom later that evening. Designers, Badgley Mischka bedecked the the female luminaries of AAADT in their Platinum Collection. In a nutshell, the night was a beautiful success.
Dancers: Willy Laury, Ebony Haswell and Yusha-Marie Sorzano
Dancers: Abdur-Rahim Jackson and Oliva Bowman
Dancers: Hope Boykin, Rosalyn Deshauteurs and guest.
Alvin Ailey Dancers
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