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There's almost definitely never going to be a sequel to Black Swan, but the New York City Ballet's plans for its 2012 Spring Gala come pretty close. The event, a tribute to France, includes a ballet by Benjamin Millepied, Black Swan choreographer and husband to Natalie Portman. Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte, who worked on the costumes in Black Swan, will dress the dancers. And Natalie herself will serve as honorary chairman for the gala.
Rodarte's participation in Black Swan was not without controversy; head costume designer Amy Westcott famously said that the sisters exaggerated their involvement in the designs. But that's actually not the only time the label has ventured into costume design. The Mulleavys recently collaborated with Frank Gehry on a production of Don Giovanni in LA. And they worked with Millepied and composer Nico Muhly, who wrote the music for the new piece, on "One Thing Leads to Another," a performance for the Dutch National Ballet.
The gala takes place Thursday, May 10th, but there are additional shows May 12th, 15th, 16th, and 31st. Since this is a benefit we're talking about here, it's safe to assume entrance won't be cheap, but performance-only tickets start at $29. Buy them online at the NYCB website.
· Black Swan: Amy Westcott Interview [Clothes on Film]
· May 2012 [New York City Ballet]