New York City Ballet Principal Lauren Lovette Brings Dance to Downtown with Pop-Up Gala, Dinner and Dance
Principal dancer of the New York City Ballet Lauren Lovette produced a one-night-only gala, Why It Matters, on July 16, 2021, to bring ballet back to the public as major arts institutions remain dark due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Presented by the Festival Ballet Ensemble and featuring artists from the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater and San Francisco Ballet, the evening will be Lovette’s debut as a producer while setting the stage for her future endeavors. choreographed after retiring from the New York City Ballet this grave.
Defending the creative process through a female voice and a shameless mission to challenge the culture of the art form, the program will offer 4 world premieres by Lovette in addition to clips from Not Our Fate, which premiered at the gala d New York City Ballet Fall 2017. , and Build a Body and Good Light, both of which premiered at the Vail Dance Festival 2019.
Presented in an ephemeral theater created at Spring Studios in Tribeca with a breathtaking view of Manhattan, Lovette will be joined on stage by her colleagues from the New York City Ballet Unity Phelan, Indiana Woodward, Victor Abreu, Gilbert Bolden III, Preston Chamblee and Laine Habony, American Ballet Theater’s Herman Cornejo, Hee seo, Zimmi Coker, Patrick Frenette and Remy Young, as well as Julian Mackay of the San Francisco Ballet.
In addition to a full evening program, Why It Matters will invite clients to enjoy a pre-show rooftop cocktail, a sunset intermission with 30-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, and an exclusive dinner. 3-course meal at Spring’s private restaurant.
“With the world reconnecting now, we bring this show in celebration, in mourning, in love, and for the desire to express to the world exactly why dance is important and belongs in our lives,” says Lauren. “We all know what it’s like to lose touch and miss out on those who inspire us the most, ultimately forgetting our favorite versions of who we think we are,” she continues. “After nearly a year and a half away from the stage, I can’t wait to come together to share the beauty of this art form with my friends and the public and look towards the possibilities of tomorrow.”
Lovette’s production team also includes lighting designer Brandon Stirling Baker, Mackay Productions media, musicians Caroline Shaw and Kate davis, and costumes by Morgane Le Fay.
For more information visit https://whyitmattersdance.com.