Due to ongoing concerns related to COVID-19, Ballet Arizona is announcing a departure from the company’s previously planned 35th Anniversary fall season of main-stage performances. Director’s Choice, Giselle and the beloved annual production of The Nutcracker have been removed from the performance calendar and a more digitally focused fall season is planned.
The company plans to digitally present some favorite contemporary works from choreographer and collaborator, Alejandro Cerrudo; and an August Bournonville classic that is new to Ballet Arizona. Artistic Director Ib Andersen envisions creating new choreography that is adapted to social-distancing recommendations. He also plans to present an adapted version of The Nutcracker – a new way to make the beloved annual tradition part of this year’s holiday plans.
“During the early months of the pandemic crisis we experimented with new ways to provide access to ballet performances and streamed archival footage from our repertoire,” Andersen said. “This fall we will expand on what we learned and venture into new territory with digital streaming experiences of new performances adapted to the challenges presented by COVID-19.”
Ballet Arizona’s fall offerings also include new ways for patrons to stay connected with the company. The company announced it will host its free, inaugural Ballet Arizona Book Club that will meet quarterly via ZOOM beginning in August. The first session, a discussion of School of Ballet Arizona alumnus David Hallberg’s memoir, has already garnered a large response and a second date has been added. Also on the community engagement front will be several educational programs that schools can take advantage of virtually throughout the school year.
“In the months ahead we will continue to evaluate our ability to return to Symphony Hall in the spring, and we are counting on our return to Desert Botanical Garden in May 2021 to present the much-anticipated world premiere of The Four Seasons,” Turner said. “Until that time, we will work diligently to create programming for our season subscribers as well as avenues through which all Ballet Arizona fans can engage with the company and experience the magic and beauty of ballet.”
The specific dates and digital programming offerings for fall performances are still being finalized, with the company scheduled to announce those details in early September. To read our full season announcement press release, please click here.
Please check back often for updates and announcements.
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School of Ballet Arizona Updates
The School of Ballet Arizona remains dedicated to dance education and will continue to hold open adult classes virtually and then in person when possible. School year classes for youth are currently in the planning stages with careful attention being paid to government health and safety guidelines that allow students to resume their training.
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To you and all your loved ones, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay connected. We will see you soon!
Last updated: July 30, 2020 at 12:00pm