The holidays won’t be alike this year without a trip to candy country and a dancing nutcracker doll comes to life.
Texas Ballet Theater canceled its annual production of Nutcracker, scheduled for November 27 to December 6, 2020 at Winspear Opera House in Dallas and December 11 to 27, 2020 at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.
The decision to cancel what was supposed to be the first production of the 2020-21 season came when the organization’s executives deemed it “impossible to effectively prepare and run the production with social distancing and others. security measures in place ”.
The non-profit ballet company also noted that when the dancers return from their regular summer vacation on August 24, TBT would follow COVID-19 prevention protocols that would prevent dancers from teaming up or dancing unless they were. six feet from each other.
Obviously, compliance with these regulations means the company is unable to safely rehearse Nutcracker, as well as his popular one-night only accompaniment production of The nutcracker with hazelnuts. For the very first time, Dallas was also set to receive a performance of the irreverent, pop culture-filled version of the holiday classic.
There is also the issue of the public and social distancing. The guidelines would dramatically reduce the number of customers who can enjoy Dallas-Fort Worth’s larger production of the Tchaikovsky classic. Due to the sheer scale of sets, costumes and special effects, the company cannot recoup the expense of its biggest production of the season without its regular audience.
“Bringing Nutcracker to life requires a large number of dancers, teams and staff to be in close proximity to each other by September, raising serious concerns in our public health landscape, ”said the Executive Director of TBT, Vanessa Logan. “We will be staying in touch with our community this holiday season, just in a different way.”
Despite the cancellation of the ballet, which is choreographed by artistic director Ben Stevenson, the company says it will continue to employ its dancers and develop new programs to engage audiences during the holiday season.