SARATOGA SPRINGS —Saturday, July 11, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and New York City Ballet (NYCB) hosted the 2015 annual Ballet Gala, The Empire Ball. Primary fundraiser for the ballet’s residency, the evening featured sophisticated parties in the Hall of Springs and on the lawn which culminated in two Saratoga premieres. This year’s Gala theme, “21st Century Choreographers,” was celebrated with the premieres of Justin Peck’s “Belles-Lettres” and Alexei Ratmansky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” as well as the return of Christopher Wheeldon’s “Mercurial Manoeuvres.” The evening also included a special tribute to the Gala’s co-chairs, Neil and Jane Golub, for their dedicated support of SPAC for over 30 years.
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