A night of legends on stage

Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rudolf Nureyev, Márcia Haydée, Gelsey Kirkland, Fernando Bujones, Margot Fonteyn, Cynthia Gregory, Erik Bruhn, Jorge Esquivel and Alicia Alonso. Just a few of the most amazing ballet stars ever on the stage on the very same night. IT HAPPENED! It was on July 30, 1975.

The American Ballet Gala was to celebrate its 35th anniversary. It was also known as the “Alonso Gala”, since it was the first presentation of Cuban legend in 30 years in American soil. Alicia was one ABT’s greatest star before the revolution in her country and, at the peak of the Cold War, it was amazing that both American and Cuban Governments allowed her to dance in the Unites States again. She performed the Swan Lake‘s pas-de-deux of second act, with Esquivel.

Baryshnikov, on his first year with ABT, danced Don Quixote, with French ballerina Noella Pontois. Cynthia Gregory danced with Erick Bruhn and Rudolf Nureyev, later Nureyev partnered Kirkland in Le Corsaire. Fernando Bujones shone in The Flames of Paris. What a night! Some pictures below.

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