If Ryan Kavanaugh gets his way, Los Angeles will have a world-class ballet company.
“We’re the only major city in America that doesn’t have its own ballet company,” the Relativity Media topper said during the intermission of “Giselle” at Santa Monica’s Broad Stage on Saturday night. “And we call ourselves cultured?”
Kavanaugh admitted that he wasn’t all that much a balletomane five years ago when the Los Angeles Ballet was founded. But now his fiancee, Britta Lazenga, is a dancer with the company, and he’s so hooked on ballet that at Saturday’s gala — the company’s first — he sponsored a few dancers’ tenure with the company, at $25 thou a pop. (Plus another six figures that puts him on the LAB Director’s Council.)
Most important, he’s spearheading “a big gala for the company in January with major stars” from the Hollywood community, he promises.
The gala auction also saw former governor Gray Davis committing to $1,000 worth of toe shoes.
Which caused auctioneer Michael Milken to remark, “So how come your people, Governor, didn’t know that your opponent had a child out of wedlock?”