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Beyoncé Celebrates Solange Knowles History-Making New York City Ballet Composition

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On Sept. 29, Solange Knowles made history as the first Black female composer in the history of the New York City Ballet, and her big sister, Beyoncé, and mom, Tina Knowles-Lawson, were there to cheer her on. Knowles was asked to create an original score to accompany choreographer Gianna Reisen’s “Play Time” for the 10th Fall Fashion Gala at Lincoln Center, and the artist more than delivered. Her high-profile collaboration with the New York City Ballet company was a highlight of the evening — and a dream come true for Knowles.

No one understood how important the night was to the “Way to the Show” singer more than her family. That’s why Beyoncé and Knowles-Lawson reportedly slipped into the front row just as the show was about to begin, according to The Cut. From there, Queen Bey and Knowles-Lawson proceeded to snap photos and videos of the performance as Knowles watched her score come to life.

On Saturday, Oct. 1, Beyoncé posted a tribute to her “beloved sister” and accomplishments alongside a photo of Solange holding flowers on Instagram. “My beloved sister, there are no words to express the pride and admiration I have for you,” the Grammy winner wrote. “You are a visionary and one of one. Congratulations on being the first African American woman to compose for the New York City Ballet. The piece you composed is phenomenal. I love you deep.”

Beyoncé concluded her post with a nod to how amazing her little sister is. “Might I suggest you don’t f*** with my sis,” she added?

Proud mom Knowles-Lawson also shared photos from the event on Instagram as well as an emotional tribute to her youngest daughter. “Two nights ago I and Beyonce flew to New York for an extraordinary night,” Knowles-Lawson captioned photos from the evening. “Our baby Solange Piaget Knowles killed it at the New York ballet you see she composed a beautiful piece of Music for the Ballet! Yes and it was breathtaking, the costumes were the most beautiful I’ve ever seen and and the dancers and choreography were incredible !!! The collaboration between the four people was nothing short of brilliant. Every aspect, the best it could be!”

She continued, “Beyonce and I and a host of friends screamed our heads off with crazy amounts of pride. Solange continues to kick down doors and make space for women of color in places that we have never been!!! The audacity to feel that you belong in any and every place that exists if we so desire! To have done the hard work and have the talent and tenacity and drive you can do anything! Hi-hat has always been her belief system! Yes, and it inspires women of color to occupy those spaces unapologetically [sic] !! I love you my pumpkin.”

Knowles-Lawson shared several photos from the afterparty, including shots of herself, Knowles, and Beyoncé embracing after the show. For her part, Knowles kept her message of gratitude simple: “🖤heart so fulll🖤,” she captioned a collection of photos from her history-making evening on Instagram.


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