Emily and Len Blavatnik, Lead Benefactors
Acclaimed filmmaker Sofia Coppola directs a film that will be the centerpiece of NYCB's first-ever virtual gala on May 5, shot on location at the David H. Koch Theater with acclaimed cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd.
Following the Gala event, the program will be released on May 6 at 8 PM and will be available to view free of charge for two weeks on nycballet.com and our our YouTube channel.
Coppola’s film, supported by CHANEL, will feature members of the Company performing five works: a world premiere from Resident Choreographer and Artistic Advisor Justin Peck featuring NYCB Principal Dancer Anthony Huxley set to Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings; excerpts from three works by Balanchine — Duo Concertant, featuring NYCB Principal Dancers Ashley Bouder and Russell Janzen; Liebeslieder Walzer, featuring NYCB Principal Dancers Maria Kowroski and Ask la Cour; and the finale of Divertimento No. 15, featuring NYCB Principal Dancers Tiler Peck and Andrew Veyette, Soloists Emilie Gerrity, Lauren King, Ashley Laracey, Unity Phelan, and Daniel Applebaum, and corps de ballet member Andrew Scordato — and a solo from Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering, featuring NYCB Principal Dancer Gonzalo Garcia.
The musical soundtrack for the film will be performed by New York City Ballet Orchestra members and Company pianists under the direction of NYCB Music Director Andrew Litton.
Available to view until May 27, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.