The Guggenheim International Gala, to be held Nov. 4 and 5 and underwritten by Dior, is divided into two nights of arty entertainment for two different crowds. The first night, Grimes will perform for the pre-party hosted by the Young Collectors Council. The second night, the gala dinner for serious patrons will feature a preview of Tom Gold Dance’s new adaptation of the ballet “November Steps.”
There’s a connection between the ballet and the museum: Currently on view through Jan. 6 is the centennial retrospective “Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting.” Burri’s wife, dancer and choreographer Minsa Craig, created “November Steps” in 1973, when it premiered at the Teatro dell’Opera Roma in Rome, set to Tōru Takemitsu’s 1967 composition of the same name. Burri designed the costumes and set based on his “Cretti” series of cracked reliefs in monochrome white.
Attendees of the GIG will see a preview of Tom Gold’s new take on the original ballet, with costumes and set inspired by Burri’s originals. New York City Ballet dancers Sara Adams, Marika Anderson, Daniel Applebaum, Likolani Brown, Preston Chamblee, Anthony Huxley, Megan LeCrone, Andrew Scordato and Kristen Segin are scheduled to perform, and the public performance will take place at the Guggenheim on Nov. 12.
Honorary chairs for the gala include Dior creative director Raf Simons and chief executive officer Sidney Toledano, Christina Baker, Allison and Howard Lutnick, Phyllis Mack and Jennifer Blei Stockman. Event co-chairs are Todd and Katie Boehly, Valentino D. Carlotti and Denise Saul.