American Ballet Theater, whose 80th anniversary season has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, will move its spring gala online with quarantined performances by Tony Bennett, Cynthia Erivo and dancers from the company.
The one-hour event, pre-recorded and broadcast on Ballet Theater YouTube Page at 7 p.m. Eastern Time on May 12 is intended for the benefit of the Crisis relief fund for the artists and the production team of the company.
With the cancellation of the company’s season, which was originally scheduled to open next week, as well as canceled tour stops in the United States and the Middle East, the Ballet Theater said it expected to lose 18 million dollars in revenue. The relief fund was established in March, with a goal of raising $ 1 million by May 11.
The gala will be somewhat of a highlight and showcase of his support network, with tributes from guests like Katie Couric, Jennifer Garner and Liev Schreiber – and choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, the company’s artist in residence, including “Of Love and Rage “was scheduled to have its New York premiere this season.
Tony Award and Grammy winner Ms. Erivo will open the night by singing “America the Beautiful” to a montage of quarantined Ballet Theater dancers. Mr. Bennett will perform “Fly Me to the Moon” to a choreography by Jessica Lang, adapted from her work “Let Me Sing Forevermore” and recorded in Central Park with soloists Catherine Hurlin and Aran Bell, a couple sheltering together.
Other works on the program include Ms. Lang’s “Our Common Fate,” to David Lang’s “National Anthems” and featuring dancers from the Ballet Theater and members of the Studio Company performing virtually. And tap choreographer Michelle Dorrance will adapt her 2018 work “Dream Within a Dream (deferred)”, ending with footage of the 7pm nighttime cheer for frontline workers in New York City.