On Wednesday, September 5th, the Bright Lights Shining Stars Gala produced by the NYC Dance Alliance Foundation will be presented at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Liza Minnelli will be on hand to present Mikhail Baryshnikov with the Ambassador for the Arts Award. There will also be a dance tribute to him and a donation will be awarded to the Baryshnikov Arts Center.
Sarah Lane & Luis Ribagorda and Tiler Peck & Robert Fairchild will perform as will members of Ballet Hispanico and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Julie Kent and Leslie Browne will be on hand in some capacity as well. What a nice assortment of performers to honor this great artist.
Balcony tickets for the performance are $50 and can be purchased here. You can pay extra to attend the pre-show cocktail reception or post-show champagne/dessert reception and also sit in the orchestra or parterre sections of the theater.
If you missed Baryshnikov in In Paris during the Lincoln Center Festival, you can catch him as he tackles Chekhov in The Man in a Case next February/March at Hartford Stage in Connecticut. What a marvelous journey Baryshnikov continues to lead us on as he redefines what it means to be an evolving artist.