(Photo credits: center: Stewart Martin, left and right: The Brooklyn Papers / Greg Mango)
The dancers in Pina Bausch’s "Masurca Fogo" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Nov. 8 made dancing in high heels seem as safe as the sexy cigarettes held between their slim fingers. In fact, much of the show was set to songs from K.D. Lang’s album "Drag," a tribute to the much-maligned addiction. The gala evening raised $436,000 for BAM, which is dealing with the city’s budget crunch by giving its employees a week of unpaid leave.
Guests toted home the rose-filled red pumps (left) that doubled as centerpieces for the pre-performance dinner. Among the partygoers were (middle) supermodel Iman and her husband, David Bowie.
The Tanztheater Wuppertal performers, as well as (right) Bausch and BAM producer Joseph Melillo, joined the audience at the dessert reception that swelled with the sounds of Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Ache.
Laurie Anderson (1999’s "Songs and Stories from Moby Dick") arrived incognito in street clothes and a backpack and snuck out soon after the performance as did new BAM chairman of the board Alan Fishman, president and CEO of Independence Community Bank Corp. (Former board chairman Bruce Ratner, president and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies, stepped down last month.)