Du Temps Pirouettes
Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet celebrate a new director.
Two Degas-inspired ballerinas dancing across the hand enameled face of a timepiece displayed in a crystal case set the scene for an elegant evening held at the Consulate General of France to welcome Benjamin Millepied, the newly appointed Director of the Paris Opera Ballet.
During cocktails, guests mingled at the top of the Consulate's elegant staircase to greet the new director, a former New York City Ballet dancer and his wife, actress Natalie Portman whom he'd coached for her role in the film Black Swan. During dinner, violinist Tim Fain, another participant in the film performed to accompany a montage of films directed and choreographed by Millepied.
Created by the world's oldest watch manufacturer, Vacheron Constantin, the ballerina timepiece symbolizes the partnership between the company and the Opera National de Paris. Hughes de Pins, President of Vacheron constantin North America co-hosted the evening along with Consul General Bertrand Lortholary and Chairman of the American Friends of the Paris opera and Ballet Olivia Flatto. Other notables in attendance included soprano Renee Fleming, reporter Leslie Stahl and designer Charlotte Mosse.