New Jersey Ballet Company Announces
Fall 2020 Virtual Season
Fall 2020 Virtual Season
New Jersey Ballet is proud to announce its upcoming Fall 2020 Virtual Season, which will be recorded in the Ballet's Studio Theatre in Florham Park. With generous support from the Union Foundation and E.J. Grassmann Trust, New Jersey Ballet recently completed outfitting the space with new state-of-the-art LED lighting and equipment and curtains to provide a professional backdrop.
While current COVID-19 restrictions prevent New Jersey Ballet from presenting large performances, the Ballet is committed to presenting world-class ballet to the public during these challenging times.
New Jersey Ballet's Virtual Season will include solo works, rarely seen archival footage, and a special series celebrating New Jersey Ballet's production of Nutcracker. This season was supposed to mark the production's 50th Anniversary, but will instead provide history about New Jersey's longest running professional production, highlights from the archives, and newly recorded excerpts. This season's virtual presentation of Nutcracker will include students from New Jersey School of Ballet's Intensive Program.
All footage captured in New Jersey Ballet's Studio Theatre will follow CDC and local health authority guidelines. The safety of New Jersey Ballet's dancers, staff and students are of utmost importance and extensive protocols are in place to create a safe environment based on current guidance from the CDC and local health officials.
New Jersey Ballet Company Cancels Its 2020 Fall Season
and 50th Anniversary Statewide Tour of Nutcracker
It is with great sadness that New Jersey Ballet Company announces the cancellation of all Fall 2020 performances, including the Company’s highly anticipated 50th Anniversary production of Nutcracker. The health and safety of our artists, staff, and audience members is our top priority. Based on current guidance from the Governor and local health officials, it is not possible to safely hold large indoor gatherings or to rehearse in the manner required to present public performances.
The Company is especially disappointed not to be able to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of New Jersey’s longest running professional production of Nutcracker. For nearly half a century, the production has brought holiday joy to hundreds of thousands of audience members from Bergen to Cape May County. The production also provides over 300 young students with the opportunity to perform in a professional production with a talented troop of world-class dancers.
New Jersey Ballet Company is closely monitoring updates from health officials and will reassess the feasibility of presenting a 2021 Winter/Spring Season. Meanwhile, the Company is planning to present works virtually during the Fall 2020 season. With our dancers unable to perform on stage, the Company is determined to present exciting and innovative virtual content online, so that our audience can stay connected with the Company during these challenging times.
The Company has launched a COVID-19 Emergency Fund to support its efforts. We are grateful for the generous support we have received to date and will continue to work tirelessly to navigate this time of uncertainty. Contributions can be made at njballet.org/support.html. All contributions are 100% tax deductible. The CARES Act permits individuals to deduct up to $300 of cash contributions to charities such as the Company, regardless of whether they itemize deductions.
New Jersey Ballet's Premier Spotlight
Premier Spotlight is a series presenting the continued creative work of NJB’s artists, designed to enable us to remain engaged with our audience and supporters during this time of physical distancing.
New Jersey Ballet Company has commissioned solo works for our dancers from five renowned choreographers,
whose other works have previously been performed by the company:
Frederick Earl Mosley
New Jersey Ballet Company Cancels Remainder of the Season, but Commits to Paying Its Dancers
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, New Jersey Ballet Company has been forced to cancel its remaining performances for the 2019-2020 season. The Ballet’s number one priority is the health and safety of our patrons, dancers and staff, and in that regard we are closely following directives from state and federal officials.
Great art is made by having the best artists with diverse backgrounds and abilities, exceptional repertory, and strong leadership. To that end, as plans are being developed to adjust to the current situation, New Jersey Ballet Company’s Board of Directors has decided to pay the dancers of New Jersey Ballet for the remainder of the season. The Board believes that ensuring the Ballet’s talented artists have the means to weather this unprecedented crisis is of utmost importance.
Due to the cancellation of the remainder of the season, and the mandatory stay-at-home order issued by the Governor, New Jersey Ballet anticipates a significant loss in earned revenue for the 2019-2020 season. The Ballet intends to power through this difficult period thanks to our dedicated patrons, dancers and staff. We ask that you continue to support the Ballet so that it can fulfill its mission of providing world class ballet to communities throughout New Jersey.
We look forward to seeing you again during the 2020-2021 season.