The visual splendor of American Ballet Theatre’s in-person June Gala returned in all its multi-sensory glory on Monday evening after a long three years—and dare we say it was worth the wait? From the emotive speeches recognizing the new era of the company to the stirring performances and the breathtaking fashion on display from all attendees, it was a reminder that patience is a virtue—although we’re sure glad it’s time to get back to real life celebrations.
The event began with a celebration of ABT’s own Kevin McKenzie, outgoing artistic director, as he prepares for his retirement at the end of December 2022. After 30 years in the role,
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