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Los Angeles Ballet will celebrate its Season 17 gala on May 18 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. This year’s honorees are philanthropists Jeff Polak and Alia Tutor. The honorees are receiving Angel Awards for the extraordinary contributions they have made to LAB and the city of Los Angeles. The evening will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning actress Donna Mills. Andrew Firestone, of “The Bachelor” fame, will oversee the live appeal.
The 2023 gala, co-chaired by Sharon Davis and Kirsten Sarkisian, will include excerpts from Val Caniparoli’s “Lady of the Camellias,” in addition to highlights of the documentary “The Making of Memoryhouse.” Choreographed by Los Angeles Ballet Artistic Director, Melissa Barak, “Memoryhouse,” marks Barak’s first full-evening ballet for LAB as artistic director. An abstract work composed of vignettes commemorating World War II and the Holocaust and set to Max Richter’s powerful album of the same name, “Memoryhouse” will reflect on both the somber as well as more heroic moments that illuminate this period in human history. The production is presented by Los Angeles Ballet and BroadStage and is made possible by the generous support of The David and Janet Polak Foundation. It will have its world premiere at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica on June 15 with additional performances on June 16 and 17.
The gala supports Los Angeles Ballet’s mission to provide world-class performances and provide arts education outreach opportunities in Los Angeles County. As the arts continue to be underfunded and often absent from public school curricula, Los Angeles Ballet strives to share the gift of dance with the broadest possible audience and to give back to the community that has so generously supported it. LAB’s A Chance to Dance offers free classes for all ages and Power of Performance! provides thousands of free tickets through collaboration with over 50 social service community partners to residents of L.A. County including children, adults, military families, veterans and seniors. The gala will begin with red carpet arrivals sponsored by the Michael & Lori Milken Foundation, WM Keck Foundation and Dr Ray & Ghana Irani. Guests will then enjoy a cocktail hour sponsored by Tamar & Wache Manoukian and a silent auction. Dinner will be followed by the performances and the awards presentation.
Gala seating opportunities and tributes are available for purchase online at losangelesballet.org /gala-2023 or by contacting Rachel Malkenhorst at rmalkenhorst@ losangelesballet.org or calling (310)477-7411 ext. 1006. The Beverly Wilshire Hotel is located at 9500 Wilshire Blvd.
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