The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrated its 65th anniversary with an opening night gala that brought out Hollywood’s elite including actress Cynthia Erivo who co-stars in “Wicked” alongside Ariana Grande. For the event, held at New York’s famed City Center, Erivo chose a simple look from Valentino’s Resort 2024 collection: a black turtleneck crop top teamed with a high-waisted maxi skirt that embodied quiet luxury. The sparkling embellishment and flowing train added interest, as did the two-strand pearl necklace she wore wrapped around her neck. The singer accessorized with several pearl and hoop earrings and showed off a bejeweled manicure.
Other notable stars in attendance included honorary chair and “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin, actress Bianca Lawson, and model Damaris Lewis. Hostin wowed in a ruffled tulle gown while Lawson looked holiday-ready in a green velvet suit styled with a lace-trimmed top. Lewis paired a fringe miniskirt with a zippered patchwork jacket, bringing the look together with a braided bun and pointy-toe pumps.
The performance centered around the transcendent Black American cultural masterpiece “Revelations” performed with a live choir and orchestra, as well as a dance tribute to iconic Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison choreographed by Hope Boykin. Celebrating Jamison’s landmark 80th year with the company, the homage was set to live renditions of “Feeling Good” and “Both Sides Now” each performed by Erivo. The event marks the beginning of Ailey’s annual holiday engagement at New York City Center from November 29 to December 31, 2023. The five-weeek program will feature “Revelations” along with the world premiere of dances “Me, Myself and You” and “Century.”
Keep scrolling for the best red carpet and onstage moments from the Alvin Ailey opening gala.