Houston Ballet Ball’s Exotic Middle Eastern Fairytale Gala
By Jennifer Roosth
Photography by Fulton Davenport
THE SCENE: The 2014 Ballet Ball was true to form, over the top fabulous. The theme, La Mille et Deuxième Nuit (The Thousand and Second Night) paid homage to The Houston Ballet’s spectacular American premiere of Aladdin. The 500 guests were greeted by sultans and genies, escorting them into Grand Foyer of the Wortham Theater Center, which was transformed into an opulent Middle Eastern fairytale palace.
THE VIBE: It was magical. The gala featured a gourmet dinner from City Kitchen, dancing to Infinite Groove and a silent auction, including a DeBeers diamond necklace, which sold for $16,500. The environment that placed guests into the exotic mood was created by Richard Flowers from The Events Company and Linda Limb of Limb Design, who helmed every detail, including the dramatic colorful light displays, a Turkish coffee bar, and Abu, the monkey from Aladdin.
THE CAUSE: Shawn Stephens chaired the ball, which raised more than $900,000 for the Houston Ballet Foundation. Artistic Director Stanton Welch, celebrating his 10th year with the Houston Ballet, was honored at the event. Also honored was Houston Methodist Hospital, for demonstrating its dedication to the Houston Ballet through countless hours of caring for their dancers. We look forward to many more performances from this esteemed troupe of artists.