The New York City Ballet announced Friday that it will delay its winter opening by nine days, becoming the latest prominent performing arts group to cancel or postpone shows because of the recent surge in coronavirus cases.
The company said its winter, which was scheduled to begin on January 18, will now begin on January 27, the company said in a press release. Canceled performances will not be rescheduled; The season will still end as originally scheduled on February 27.
The postponement is another virus-related difficulty for the City Ballet, had to cancel the last 17 performances of “George Balanchine’s Nutcracker”, its most popular product, after several people involved in the production tested positive for the coronavirus. The company said it was forced to postpone winter because it lost two weeks of rehearsal time when the virus forced a shutdown in December.
In a joint statement, Katherine Brown, the ballet’s chief executive officer, and Jonathan Stafford, its artistic director, said the postponement would “give time to our artists and other staff members.” needed to prepare for an ambitious winter.” The season will feature 25 works and include all of the previously announced acts, with the exception of Balanchine’s “Diamonds” and Christopher Wheeldon’s “Carnival of the Animals,” which will be rescheduled; and 12 spots in the Peter Martins series “Swan Lake”, which will be replaced by a performance of Balanchine’s “Swan Lake”.” in mixed warehouse programs.
“The unexpected seems to keep happening to us and to everyone,” Stafford said in an interview. “It is disappointing whenever we have to cancel a show. It’s not something we take lightly, the health and safety of our community comes first. ”
During the pandemic, Brown added, it’s been a challenge to constantly “make good judgments without a lot of information.”
City Ballet is just one of many performing arts organizations in New York and across the country that already have winter programming and hugely important reopening plans. omicron variation spreads rapidly. As of Wednesday, the average daily number of positive cases in the United States was about 585,000, nearly three and a half times the daily average two weeks earlier.
Few Broadway shows close early or have performances canceled; the The Sundance Film Festival announced this week that it will be canceling all live events set at the end of January and virtual for the second year in a row. And The Grammy Awards, originally scheduled for January 31 in Los Angeles, have also been postponed.
The new musical “Flying Over Sunset” announced this week that it will end its limited participation on January 16, a few weeks early. The Fire This Time Festival, featuring short plays by budding playwrights and scheduled to begin this month, has been moved to July. And in Washington, Ford’s Theater decided to cut out the entire performance of “The Mountaintop,” citing an increase in cases in the area.
In New York, other avant-garde arts festivals are scheduled for January – including Under the Radar, Prototype and Exponential Festivals – also canceled their live services; Outsider Art Fair says it will hold its 30th Anniversary edition a month later than planned, in March; and Pace Gallery have pushed back the opening dates of some shows that were scheduled to open this month.
The world of classical music was also affected. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra said Thursday that it is postponing its planned tour of Florida this month.
And in dance, in addition to City Ballet’s Friday announcement, New York Live Arts announced that their live events will either move online or be postponed until the end of the season. Planned performances by Joyce Theater at the Chelsea Factory have been moved from mid-January to early April. Joyce Theater will remain dark until January 26.
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