Philadelphia, PA - In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania Ballet announced a reduced 2020/2021 Season. This includes the rescheduling of Cinderella as well as the cancellation of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker.
Pennsylvania Ballet Reduced 2020/2021 Season
Shelly Power, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Ballet, said, "Our first priority is the health of our dancers, orchestra, and audience. With that in mind, we had no other choice but to reimagine our season."
As a result of the cancellations, The Ballet Company has had to layoff 13 employees and placed 8 employees on leave until future performances are assured.
Angel Corella, Artistic Director of Pennsylvania Ballet, said, "The cancellation of performances by any cultural entity is a minor event when compared to the loss of life and ongoing illness brought on by the pandemic, yet there is no denying the rolling tragedy COVID-19 has brought to the world of performing arts and culture overall. We are so grateful for the support we've received throughout this crisis, and we will be even more reliant on support from subscribers, donors, ticket holders, and everyone who loves Ballet."
The Ballet is currently exploring alternatives to its current schedule through online performances or smaller performances to be located in public spaces. However, no such event has been finalized.