By Jennifer Davis
Updated Oct 31, 2013 @ 5:57 pm
ABT Fall Gala
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The scene at Lincoln Center was one filled with excitement as stars and designers alike gathered at the David H. Koch Theater in New York City last night for the American Ballet Theatre’s Opening Night Fall Gala. Celebrity fans of the ballet, including Sigourney Weaver, Alan Cumming, and the evening's hosts Mark Badgely and James Mischka, were all looking forward to the magical but stormy evening ahead--the night's theme was inspired by the world premiere of Shakespeare's "The Tempest." "I love ABT. They’re such an amazing company, an amazing organization," Sigourney Weaver (in Badgley Mischka) told as she made her way into the theater. A sentiment that Mischka seconded. "The performances are always amazing," he said. "It’s always astonishing and an inspiration to see them." And that it was! The two-hour performance was well received by the more than 700 guests who were all treated to two world premieres, the "Aftereffect" choreographed by Marcelo Gomes, and "The Tempest" choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky.

After the performances (and many rousing rounds of applause), guests headed upstairs where they entered a real-life tempest. To create the effect of the stormy seas featured in the ballet, designer Bronson van Wyck installed a 180-foot hand painted mural and floor-to-ceiling tornados throughout the space. "These tornados are so cool!" designer Christian Siriano told The theme even extended to the menu, too, which included a "Tempest" appetizer course of meats and cheese, and even into the night's signature cocktail, which was a stormy concoction of sweet fruit flavors. But the night wasn't all glamour, the event raised $1.65 million dollars for the ABT and their education and community outreach programs.

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