Rules Of The Game, a collaboration between grammy-winning musician Pharrell Williams, top choreographer Jonah Bokaer, and renowned visual artist Daniel Arsham, opened last night at The Brooklyn Academy Of Music; a New York premiere. Pharrell, presenting his first symphonic score, Jonah, Daniel, and costume designer Chris Stamp took to the stage for a standing ovation. After the premiere Michèle Gerber Klein chaired a benefit dinner and the art world turned out in full force.
The dinner honored Jonah Bokaer’s long time friend Diana Widmaier Picasso for her continuous support of the arts. Diana was accompanied by friends and family including Alina Baikova, Magdalena Frackowiak, Masha Markova Hanson, brother Richard Widmaier Picasso, his wife Ulli Widmaier Picasso and their two sons.
Glasses of Thiénot Champagne fueled the night’s festivities at a pre-performance toast, intermission reception and two kinds of champagne served during dinner at BAM’s Lepercq Space.
The evening was a benefit for Chez Bushwick; Jonah Bokaer’s non-profit organization that focuses on experimental dance and strives to provide affordable dance space for artists in Brooklyn.
Gala Chair Michèle Gerber Klein was joined by guests including Staffan Ahrenberg, Olivier Berggruen, Susan Chalom, Eduardo Costantini Jr, Stephan Crasneanscki, Jeffrey Deitch, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Scott Drevnig, Joanna Fisher, Stephanie French, Toni Garrn, Isabelle Bscher Gmurzynska, Angela Goding, Jae Joseph, Anne Keating, Daniel Kruglikov, Bartolome Fierro March, Paul McCann, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Galina Polinski, Charles Renfro, Charles Riva, Elisabeth de Saint-Amand ,Hellen Allen Smith, Robert Soros, Dayana Tamendarova, and Chez Bushwick’s Chair Emerita, Patsy Tarr.
PHOTOS BY ANNIE WATT