Washington Ballet Spring Gala

Darryl Carter and Mary Haft

Darryl Carter and

Location: Andrew Mellon Auditorium

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“SPRING FORWARD”: “Deconstructionist elegance” reigned at this year’s gala co-chaired by Mary Haft and designer Darryl Carter, whose ultra-modern-but-oh-so-economical setting featured iron candelabras (instead of flowers), classic white Panton chairs, and architectural scaffolding covered in translucent cloth to silhouette lithe young company members’ graceful poses. DINNER AND A SHOW: Cocktails, a sensual performance by dancers and , politically correct food  (“sustainable” seafood Newburg and chicken –surely free-range), mercifully brief speeches, and dancing to the sounds of Free Spirit. WHO WAS THERE: Ballet director (celebrating 10 years at the helm), and major benefactors Arturo and Hilda Brillembourg and Raul and .

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