From the Artistic Director, and the Board of the Rochester City Ballet:
We hope that all of you are coping as best you can during these difficult times.
At The Rochester City Ballet, our PRIMARY CONCERN is the safety of our patrons, dancers, and staff. We need to do our part to help slow the spread of the virus by following recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health experts.
To accomplish this in a rapidly changing and fluid environment, we regrettably need to interrupt our 2019/2020 season.
As an Arts organization that caters to the public, we are continuing to monitor the public health impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a pandemic and the United States has declared a National Emergency. In New York State, Governor Cuomo has also instituted a State of Emergency and public gatherings are being severely curtailed. The number of confirmed cases continues to grow in New York State, now with more incident cases than any other state in the Union. All public schools have been closed.
Rochester City Ballet will cancel all performance activity until the end of April, at which time we hope to restart our season. With regret, this includes the cancellation of the April performances of Moulin d’Paris at Fort Hill Performing Arts Center as well as the Ugly Duckling at Nazareth Arts Center.
We have tentatively rescheduled our performances of the Ugly Duckling at the new Fort Hill Performing Arts Center in Canandaigua, including a Sensory Friendly production for children and families dealing with autism, for the weekend of May 15th and 16th. If we are unable to mount a show in the Fort Hill venue, we are planning on broadcasting a live-stream set of performances that same weekend, reaching both Rochester and Canandaigua audiences and the sensory friendly component.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support. We are looking to facilitate online content to use dance to bring some joy to our supporters while we focus on the health of our community. More information available soon.
Robert Gardner, Artistic Director
John Klibanoff MD, Chair RCB Board of Directors
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Established in 1987 by its founding artistic director Timothy M. Draper, the company has developed a reputation for its excellence, versatility, and singular repertoire, which includes award-winning contemporary ballets and masterworks. The company performs at the Nazareth College Arts Center, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, and in Canandaigua.
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