The Joffrey Ballet announced the cancellation of all performances for the remainder of 2020, a response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.
Cancelled productions include Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Manon ( Oct. 14-25 ) and Christopher Wheeldon's The Nutcracker ( Dec. 5-27 ).
The Joffrey's winter and spring performance dates, scheduled for February and April/May 2021, respectively, will continue as planned; specific programming will be announced at a later date. Additionally, the Joffrey has established a Crisis Stabilization Fund to recoup financial losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Like all arts organizations, the Joffrey is dealing with unprecedented and unpredictable conditions," said Ashley Wheater MBE, The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, in a statement. "Based on advice from health experts and local officials, it is not feasible to present the first half of our season in a manner that guarantees the safety of our audience, artists, production crew, and staff members.
"It saddens all of us. Our focus right now is keeping the Company whole and in good mental, spiritual, and physical health. We will continue to adapt and be ready to return to the stage when the circumstances allow. We will persevere and find new, creative ways to connect with our audience in the meantime."
See Joffrey.org .