Opening Night for the American Ballet Theatre

Guests were not limited to socialites in ball gowns

Eli Mizrahi and Crystal Renn

What: The American Ballet Theatre Opening Night Fall Gala, sponsored by Clinique and Badgley Mischka.

Where: The David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.

When: Wednesday, October 30th

Who: Sigourney Weaver, Julia Koch, Bebe Neuwirth, Taye Diggs, Jessica Stam, Thom Browne, Crystal Renn, Olympic soccer player Kelley O’Hara—in case it wasn’t apparent, the ballet is no longer the sole purview of socialites in ball gowns.

Why: The evening’s program included two world premieres: “Piece d’Occasion,” choreographed by ABT principal dancer Marcelo Gomes, who later performed the role of Prospero in Alexei Ratmansky’s highly anticipated “The Tempest.” Prospero and Miranda escaped their magical island, but those who stayed for dinner found themselves a captive audience. Bronson Van Wyck transformed the promenade into a dark and tempestuous playground with an 180-foot mural of the sea, floor-to-ceiling cyclones and audiovisual effects like fog and lightning.

Photos: Opening Night for the American Ballet Theatre

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Jessica Stam, Nicky Hilton, and Alyssa Miller. Photo by

Bebe Neuwirth. Photo by

Genevieve Jones and Crystal Renn. Photo by

Sigourney Weaver. Photo by

Carlos Souza and Alix Devernoy. Photo by

Elettra Wiedemann. Photo by

Andrew Martin Weber, Christian Siriano, and Leslie Ziff. Photo by

Michelle Ochs. Photo by

Brian Atwood and Sutton Stracke. Photo by

Anh Duong. Photo by

Rachel Moore and Victoria Phillips. Photo by

Marjorie Gubelmann. Photo by

Fe Fendi and Chiu-Ti Jansen. Photo by

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Andrew Bolton and Thom Browne. Photo by

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Eli Mizrahi and Crystal Renn. Photo by

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