Colorado Ballet Announces Cancellations and Updates to its 60th Anniversary Season
The Nutcracker and Ballet MasterWorks Canceled & Giselle Postponed to 2021 • July 29, 2020
DENVER, CO (July 29, 2020) – Colorado Ballet announced today the cancellation
of two productions in its 60th Anniversary Season, as a result of the
COVID-19 pandemic. All 2020 performances of Colorado Ballet’s beloved
production of The Nutcracker are canceled, along with the 2021
production of Ballet MasterWorks. Giselle, originally
slated to take place in October, will replace Ballet MasterWorks,
moving all performances out of 2020.
“It is with a very heavy heart that we must announce the cancellation of
The Nutcracker this season, as well as Ballet MasterWorks
in 2021, which will be replaced with our postponed season opening
production of Giselle,” stated Colorado Ballet’s Artistic
Director Gil Boggs. “The safety of our dancers, staff and audiences
is our highest priority, and we want to ensure that everyone who
experiences Colorado Ballet’s in-person performances in the
future is able to do so safely. We have worked with all
constituencies to evaluate every possible option. After many
months of discussions and monitoring the current state of the
COVID-19 pandemic, we have unfortunately been forced to realize
that we cannot safely conduct performances at the Ellie Caulkins
Opera House for the remainder of 2020.”
“This is certainly not the way we hoped to open our 60th Anniversary Season,”
stated Boggs. “The Nutcracker was our first production 60 years ago,
so it’s very difficult for us to imagine a holiday season without it.
We were looking forward to unveiling new sets and costumes for our 60th
anniversary performance, but now hope to unveil them for The Nutcracker
in 2021. We are extremely grateful to all our patrons and supporters for
helping to build Colorado Ballet into the strong and vital organization
it is today. We will get through these difficult times together, and we
will be back.”
Previously scheduled for five productions at the
Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Colorado Ballet’s
60th Anniversary season will now feature three
productions: The Great Gatsby
(February 5 –7, 2021), The Wizard of Oz
(March 5 –14, 2021) and Giselle
(April 9 –18, 2021).
Colorado Ballet’s 60th Anniversary season was originally scheduled to open
October 9, 2020 with eight performances of Giselle and continue in November
and December with 26 performances of The Nutcracker.
Ticketing revenue from these two productions was projected to be
between $3.5 and $4M.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Colorado Ballet will depend on
fundraising as its primary source of income for the remainder of 2020.
In light of this extreme need, Colorado Ballet announces the launch of its
Relief and Recovery Fund.
With a fundraising goal of $3 million, this fund will help to cover a significant
portion of the loss of ticketed revenue, helping Colorado Ballet to retain its
world-class dancers and staff and emerge from this crisis as the strong company
it has become over the past 60 years.
“This difficult announcement does not denote a final curtain call, but rather a
prolonged intermission. We remain committed to creating dance throughout this
challenging time in any way possible. We believe that the arts are more
important now than ever and will continue to fulfill our mission of
presenting exceptional classical ballet and contemporary dance through
performances, training, education and community engagement while inspiring
and growing an increasingly diverse audience.” Gil Boggs, Artistic Director
Colorado Ballet invites all patrons to connect
with Colorado Ballet online via their website
and social media to stay up to date with all
of the latest digital offerings and virtual
programming that will be released over the upcoming
Colorado Ballet’s dancers returned to work this week,
following their summer break, to begin class and
rehearsals virtually through Zoom. They will be
working on choreography for next year’s performances
of Giselle. Additionally, Colorado Ballet’s
and Academy teachers remain employed. The Raydean
Acevedo Colorado Ballet Academy will offer virtual
classes in the fall semester starting on
August 17, 2020.
Single tickets for the three productions in
Colorado Ballet’s 60th Anniversary Season will go
on sale two months before each production opens.
Single tickets for The Great Gatsby will go on sale
December 1, 2020.
Colorado Ballet Will Pay Dancers Through Originally Scheduled Conclusion of the Season
March 20, 2020
DENVER, CO (March 20, 2020) – When Colorado Ballet announced the cancelation of the remainder of its season last week, the company had four weeks remaining of its 2019/2020 season. Because the company’s season finale Ballet MasterWorks demonstrates both the athleticism and artistry of Colorado Ballet’s dancers, it is a favorite of both the dancers and audiences. Like many other nonprofits and businesses throughout the country, this cancelation due to COVID-19 brought with it deep sadness and questions about possible layoffs. Colorado Ballet’s board and leadership recognized the financial impact this would have on the various artists of Colorado Ballet and unanimously decided to pay all Company and Studio Company dancers, ballet mistresses and the Colorado Ballet Orchestra through the remainder of their original contracts, which would have concluded on April 12, 2020.
“With only four weeks remaining in our season,” stated Artistic Director Gil Boggs, “We have determined that we will be able to pay our dancers through the remainder of their contracts. I am deeply grateful for each and every member of our organization. Their hard work and dedication put us in a position to be able to make this decision.”
With the cancelation of this production, many patrons decided to turn their tickets into donations to help support the organization. As a nonprofit organization that relies on the support of the community, Colorado Ballet deeply appreciates the support of all its patrons—including ticket holders, board members, donors and sponsors who, over the course of the 2019/2020 season, contributed to the company’s vibrant 59th year of presenting world-class ballet performances.
“As our board of directors and executive staff leaders continue to assess the impact of the current economic situation on Colorado Ballet’s future, we remain grateful to all of our supporters whose generosity has enabled us to honor our commitments to our artists and staff during these uncertain times,” stated Artistic Director Gil Boggs.
In addition to paying the dancers through the remainder of their contracts, Colorado Ballet will continue to pay salaries to its Colorado Ballet Academy and Education & Community Engagement teaching staff through April 6, 2020.
Artistic Director Gil Boggs expressed his gratitude to the community during these unprecedented times. “We deeply appreciate our patron’s patience, understanding and support, both throughout the year and especially during challenging times. You make what we do possible. May our shared love of the performing arts unite us as we seek peace and comfort. We will keep all of our supporters and constituents updated on how Colorado Ballet will be impacted and how you can help. We look forward to seeing our dancers back next season and having all of Colorado Ballet’s patrons back at the theatre to join us in celebrating our 60th anniversary season beginning this fall.”
Announcement: Colorado Ballet Cancels Ballet MasterWorks Production
Season finale at the Ellie Caulkins House will not take place
March 13, 2020
DENVER, CO (March 13, 2020) – Colorado Ballet has been closely monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19, and everyone’s health and safety is our highest priority. In light of the recent mandate from the City of Denver banning public gatherings of more than 250 people from now until April 12, 2020, Colorado Ballet has canceled its season finale production of Ballet MasterWorks, April 3 – 12, 2020.
“We are deeply saddened to see the season come to a close in this manner for our dancers and the organization,” stated Artistic Director Gil Boggs, “but we understand the extreme importance of ensuring the public’s health and safety and will support all efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19. We would like to thank our patrons for their ongoing support of Colorado Ballet, and appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. We look forward to seeing all of Colorado Ballet’s patrons back at the theatre in the future.”
Patrons who have tickets to this performance have three options to enable them to continue enjoying Colorado Ballet performances.
- Turn their ticket(s) purchase into a donation to help Colorado Ballet finish the season strong. All ticket donations are fully tax-deductible.
- Receive an on-account credit that can be applied to tickets for the 2020/2021 season. This credit can be used for subscriptions or single tickets when purchased by phone. The credit will be good for one year for the value of the tickets, if purchased through Colorado Ballet.
- Exchange their ticket(s) for a gift certificate for a performance during the 2020/2021 season.
As a nonprofit arts organization with 55% of our operating cost covered by ticket sales, Colorado Ballet thanks all patrons who will consider donating their ticket(s) purchase.
All requests for the above three options including ticket donation, exchanges and/or gift certificates can be done via the following:
1.) Fill out the online ticket request form.
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Please note that, due to increased communication, response times may be significantly longer than usual, and we sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding.
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