The first Dallas-Fort Worth dance company, Texas Ballet Theater, is in recovery mode after a water main rupture during the winter storm Uri has shut down operations from its Fort Worth headquarters.
Unfortunately, the Texas Ballet Theater (TBT) was not spared the devastation [of the storm] and suffered catastrophic damage to the Fort Worth facility due to a massive water line rupture, ”the company wrote in an email to customers Feb. 24.
The Fort Worth facility at 1540 Mall Circle near the Ridgmar Mall houses offices, rehearsal and classroom studios, costume storage, and more.
“Over the weekend, a team, including members of the Board of Governors and staff, came together for an immediate and solid effort to retrieve, organize and transport the costumes, furniture and technology to keep them safe and secure. safety, ”the company told customers.
They discovered that ankle-deep water had destroyed all of the specialist spring-loaded ballet floors in each studio, among other damage.
According to the email, after extracting the water, the team had to:
- Remove and / or dispose of computers and furniture from the building, including the majority of TBT’s artistic, production, business management, executive and financial office space.
- Transport the entire wardrobe service to TBT’s warehouses, an emergency call answered by TBT’s local union scene team.
- Mitigate further damage by lowering the temperature in the building to below 50 degrees.
- Temporary transition of student shows and company dancer rehearsals for the spring Mixed repertoire digital series at TBT studios in Dallas.
“The damage to the Fort Worth facility cannot be overstated,” the email read. “The building will remain unusable for the foreseeable future, and TBT is developing a strategy to restore operations in accordance with the organization’s long-term vision and as a good steward of its resources.”
The destruction of the building is a big blow to the company after a year of financial and artistic hardship due to COVID-19. The pandemic has forced the cancellation of six of their productions, including the annual holiday presentation of Nutcracker.
Due to lingering health concerns, audience size restrictions and the closure of Bass Hall, they have moved to a virtual format for their spring season, with the first performances airing on March 18.
“It’s a heartbreaking situation, but the events of the past year have shown us that we have a resilient community,” said TBT Executive Director Vanessa Logan. “The support we have received for our relief fund inspires us as we take the next steps in this process.”
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