A partnership between the NYC Ballet (NYCB) and Solange Knowles was almost inevitable. Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Fall Fashion Gala – founded by Sarah Jessica Parker — the annual event celebrates and showcases a collaboration among contemporary designers and choreographers to create innovative performance art, which fuses avant-garde fashion and dance. The event sought an artist to commission to create an original score for the special occasion. Solange is naturally the archetypical artist for this exclusive endeavor, as the multidisciplinary creative often blends fashion, design, and performance art within her own body of work.
On the evening of the premiere on September 28th, inside the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center was beautifully outlined with a kaleidoscope of melanin, a rather diverse demographic of attendees from the venue’s audience this time last year, potentially due to the crowd collectively anticipating history unfold. Solange is the first Black woman to be chosen for this coveted role of commissioning an original score for the NYCB, and the second woman of color, followed by Colombian singer and songwriter Lido Pimienta.