Ballet Arkansas is responding to the uncertainty surrounding live performances in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic by changing course for the 2020-21 season.
With health and safety of paramount concern, Ballet Arkansas has made the decision to move "Jekyll & Hyde" to the fall of 2021 and cancel this year's production of "The Nutcracker Spectacular," an annual holiday tradition for many families in central Arkansas.
“While we are saddened not to be able to present these productions in their traditional formats this season, we’ll soon reveal collaborations with our partners in the arts, ways to experience our programming in open-air spaces and online, opportunities for community dancers to perform and ways to celebrate the holiday season with Ballet Arkansas.” said Catherine Fothergill, associate artistic director, noting "Nutcracker" alone requires more than 350 hours of rehearsal from nearly 500 dancers, musicians, singers, volunteer and crew for an audience of 10,000 each December.
“Access to the performing arts has never been more vital. We, like others, are changing course, however we aren’t going to stop moving. We’ll evolve with the times; after all, being creative is what we’re good at.”
Here's the spring 2021 lineup, with a few more details still in the works:
- "Coppelia" - Feb. 18-21, UA-PTC CHARTS Theater
- "The White Room" - March (rescheduled from fall 2020)
- "Extremes" - April 23-25 UA-PTC CHARTS Theater (rescheduled from spring 2020)
- 10th Annual Turning Pointe Gala - spring 2021
Details, updates and add-ons to the 2020-21 season can be found here throughout the season. While you await the upcoming shows, you can watch Encore performances of past productions that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your couch, as well as a variety of at-home dance classes and challenges that are free to the public.
These changes further highlight the difficulty of nonprofits during this global pandemic. With shows being postponed for 2021, Ballet Arkansas has created the Pointe to the Future Resiliency Fund to help recover from the steep losses in ticket revenue. To show your support, visit the Ballet Arkansas website.