“Even though I’ve been here a long time and I’m the director, I still can’t believe I have these wonderful dancers at my disposal,” said the New York City Ballet’s Peter Martins Thursday night at the company’s spring gala at Lincoln Center.
During the performance — in which three new works were premiered — the audience was just as awed, and demonstrated their feelings with wild whoops and cheers. It was an uncharacteristic display of unbridled enthusiasm for the crowd, which included Gayfryd Steinberg, Blaine Trump, Francesco and Alba Clemente, Elizabeth Johnson, Arie and Coco Kopelman, and Lucile Peyrelongue. Joanne Woodward was especially vocal, laughing and sighing all the way through the third dance.
While most of the audience cleared out during intermission, Lesley Stahl and Ross Bleckner stayed put for an animated conversation with each other.
Anne Bass, one of the co-chairs of the evening, made last-minute changes in seating arrangements for the post-performance dinner on the Promenade, and Carolyne Roehm talked about her favorite part of the show.
“It was definitely the red one,” she said, referring to Ulysses Dove’s “Red Angels.” “What was it? Oh, Red Devils! Er, uh Red Angels, I mean. I guess ‘devil’ was a Freudian slip.”