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Gemma Bond in the studio with ABT's Cassandra Trenary. Jim Lafferty.

If like us you're already mourning the end of American Ballet Theatre's marathon Met season, don't fear. The company just announced the lineup for its fall season, and there's a lot to look forward to.

Running October 16-27 at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater, ABT's fall lineup includes world premieres by choreographers Twyla Tharp and Gemma Bond. While Tharp has been creating for ABT since 1976 (the company's Met season included a trio of her works), corps dancer Gemma Bond will be making her choreographic debut for ABT's main company. The season also shines a spotlight on principal Herman Cornejo, who will be celebrating his 20th anniversary with the company.

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Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo in Martha Clarke's Chéri at the 2013 Dance Magazine Awards

You know it will be a memorable awards ceremony when the list of presenters reads like a who’s who roster of its own. Last night, Robert Barnett, Jorma Elo, Christopher Wheeldon, Damian Woetzel and Charles Reinhart presented the 2013 Dance Magazine Awards to Patricia Wilde, Mats Ek, Yuan Yuan Tan, Philip Glass and Martha Clarke, respectively. As always, there's plenty of star-gazing to enjoy at the DM Awards. Here are the major moments of the evening:

• The performances: Patricia Wilde coached New York City Ballet’s Ashley Bouder in Wilde’s role in Square Dance, with the original entrance that “bounces you onto the stage,” she said. And Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo performed Martha Clarke’s romantic new work, Chéri. I don’t want to brag, but sitting front row for Ferri’s feet was pretty special. Yes, they’ve still got it.

Dance Magazine's editor at large Wendy Perron hosted the 2013 DM Awards.

• The highlight reels: We were treated to two best-of compilations: clips of Mats Ek’s choreography, featuring, most notably, the extraordinary Sylvie Guillem, and clips of Tan’s most beautiful stage moments with San Francisco Ballet, including Wheeldon’s After the Rain, performed at the seaside Fire Island Dance Festival.

Ashley Bouder in Square Dance

• The speeches: Educator and former artistic director of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Patricia Wilde shared stories from her NYCB days under Mr. B.; Wheeldon paid lovely tribute to Tan as a dancer and a person, citing her warmness and sense of humor, qualities few audience members typically get to appreciate.

It was Philip Glass’ acceptance speech that stuck in everyone’s minds, however. The iconic composer actually thanked the dance world for what it’s given him, flooring us all. He even shared an anecdote about taking class with Lucinda Childs' company to sample the other side of the musical experience. Host and DM editor at large Wendy Perron summed it up nicely, commenting that Glass has given us so much to us as dancers, it’s nice to know we’ve given him something, as well. Talk about humbling.

Composer Philip Glass accepting his 2013 Dance Magazine Award

 

Photos by Christopher Duggan

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