Los Angeles Ballet Gala
Los Angeles Ballet Gala Features a Glorious Giselle and a Dream Dinner
Following a performance of “Giselle” at the Los Angeles Ballet’s ”Season 5 Gala Celebration,” artistic director Colleen Neary surprised the audience at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica by naming Allyssa Bross and Christopher Revels as principal dancers, the first dancers so designated in the young ballet company’s history.
It was a night of firsts, starting with the May 28 Los Angeles Ballet Gala, the company’s first ever. Aptly christened “A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” the entire evening seemed magical, beginning with the beautiful and surreal ballet.
I’ve seen a lot of Giselles, including a 3D version at the movies, but this night’s performance seemed particularly exquisite. The magic continued into the night as well, as guests next entered an adjacent tent designed by Billy Butchkavitz with more than 20 crystal chandeliers, gilded furnishings and lush topiaries of roses.
Lori Milken, Jeanette Trepp and Ghada Irani chaired the event, which also featured a gourmet dinner by Wolfgang Puck and Hafner Vineyard wines. To boost proceeds, Mike Milken stepped onto the stage and auctioned off the opportunity to sponsor dancers for the 2011/2012 season, and given the generous, enthusiastic crowd, the gala wound up raising nearly $500,000.
Los Angeles Ballet Gala guests included Ryan Kavanaugh and his then-fiancee Britta Lazenga (they’ve since been married); former Governor Gray Davis and Sharon Davis, Linda and Paul Duttenhaver, Mary and Selim Zilkha, former US Ambassador to Uruguay Frank Baxter and Kathy Baxter, Joni and Larry Flax, Deborah and John Landis, Bari Milken Bernstein and Fred Bernstein, Cynthia and Ralph Finerman, Jennifer Bellah Maguire and Stephen Maguire, Leslie and Jack Kavanaugh, Catherine Kanner and Winston Chappell, John Landis and Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Mary and John Tu, Elizabeth and Jim Wiatt, and Candy Spelling.
Photo: Colleen Neary onstage following the performance (Credit: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging, courtesy of the Los Angeles Ballet)
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Artistic directors Thordal Christensen and Colleen Neary at the Los Angeles Ballet's Season 5 Gala Celebration (photo: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
Ryan Kavanaugh of Relativity Media and ballerina Britta Lazenga (now Mrs. Kavanaugh) who danced that evening in "Giselle" (photo: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
Actress Kiernan Shipka of "Mad Men" (photo: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
Sportscaster Jim Gray, left, and LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky (photo: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
Stephen Maguire and LAB board member Jennifer Bellah Maguire (photo: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
(L-R) Michael Milken, event co-chair Jeanette Trepp, artistic directors Colleen Neary and Thordal Christensen, and event co-chair Lori Milken (photo: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
Artistic director Thordal Christensen, center, with the beautiful, supremely talented dancers, L-R: Kate Highstrete, Erika Bandy, Lucy Van Cleef, Britta Lazenga, Laura Love, Allyssa Bross, artistic director Colleen Neary, Allynne Noelle, Isabel Vondermuhll (photo: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
Mike Milken, left, auctioned off ballet sponsorships and hard-to-get sports tickets donated by Jim Gray, right (photo: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
(L-R) Ryan Kavanaugh, Allen Shapiro and Jim Wiatt (photo: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
Gala co-chair Lori Milken, center, with noted film director John Landis and costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis, author of "Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design" (photo: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
On arriving at the gala, enthusiastic applause greeted the dancers, L-R:Tyler Burkett, Nicolas de la Vega, Isabel Vondermuhll, Lucy Van Cleef, Wardrobe Manager Kanique Thomas, Erika Bandy (photo Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
(L-R) Dancers Katherine Revels, Aaron Bahadursingh and Julia Cinquemani (photo: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
Chef Wolfgang Puck with Gelila Assefa Puck, left, and Candy Spelling at the Season 5 Gala Celebration for the Los Angeles Ballet (photo: Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging)
Spring 2011 Highlight: Los Angeles Ballet Gala
Published Aug. 27, 2011 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA