English National Ballet's Gala once again returned to The Dorchester, Park Lane for an Arabian Nights themed extravaganza. Guests fully embraced the theme; arriving adorned in sumptuous jewels and swathed in luxurious fabrics and turbans. For those who had yet to add an Arabian twist to their outfit we had accessories on sale which had been designed and handmade by Central St Martin’s students Martin Hanley, Adam Mosley and Toma Stenko.
Guests enjoyed Laurent Perrier Champagne and canapés during reception where many bought gifts from The Wonder Tree and browsed the impressive selection of Silent Auction items on display. Hosted by TV presenter Natasha Kaplinsky, guests were treated to a delicious Arabian inspired three course dinner, wine from Armit Wines, and an exclusive ballet performance, choreographed by Associate Artist George Williamson.
As the lights went down our dancers surprised guests by weaving through the tables in a blur of colour, culminating in a sensuous performance on stage with extracts of Fokine’s Scheherazade and incorporating music from Camille Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Delilah. Singers from Opera Holland Park added further drama to the performance with their rendition of Stanger in Paradise from Kismet while Ksenia Ovsyanick and Arionel Vargas danced their pas de deux.
We are delighted to announce that this year’s Gala raised a staggering £150,000 for the Company. These funds will directly support the future of English National Ballet.
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With thanks to our dedicated Gala Committee
David Morgan-Hewitt (Chair), HE Sheikha Amna Abdulaziz Al Thani, Amanda Anderson, Vanessa Arelle, Neil Birks, Alejandra Caro, The Baroness de Mandat Grancey, Micheline Decker, Dorothy Ind, Gudrun Jensen, Ali Kaouzov, Natasha Kaplinsky, Mona Khasshoggi, Barbara-Ann King, Richard Luck-Hille, Eva McGaw, Zenouska Mowatt, Beatrix Ong MBE, Emma Rickett, Jennifer Talbot, Lynn Turner and Kersti Urvois.