5/16/2017 - In celebration of American Ballet Theatre’s New York Premiere of Whipped Cream and the family-friendly performance of ABTKids, characters from the ballet will board a 24-foot open-air festive float for a ride along the Upper West Side and through midtown, ending back “home” at Lincoln Center’s Metropolitan Opera House on Saturday, May 20, 2017.
Cupcake Children, Swirl Girls, Layer Cake Girl, Pink Yak and Chef, all characters from ABT’s new production of Whipped Cream, will set out from the loading dock of the Metropolitan Opera House at 9:30am for their journey up Central Park West to West 96th Street, down Columbus Avenue and back to Lincoln Center, waving to fans and offering photo opportunities prior to the 11:30am performance of ABTKids.
At the conclusion of ABTKids, the Whipped Cream float will ride again, traveling down Broadway past Columbus Circle and on to Times Square.
American Ballet Theatre’s New York Premiere of Whipped Cream features choreography by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky and the whimsical, pastry-themed designs of pop surrealist Mark Ryden. Whipped Cream is performed May 22-24 and June 26-July 1. Swarovski is the Lead Partner for the New York Premiere of Whipped Cream.
ABTKids is a one-hour performance designed for children and families showcasing highlights from ABT’s Spring Season. All seats for ABTKids on May 20 are priced at $25 and available for purchase online, at the Met box office or by phone at 212-362-6000.