Miami City Ballet shuts down venue performances for season
Considering the well-being of the public and its artistic team, the Miami City Ballet has canceled all scheduled venue performances for its 2020-21 season.
The organization plans to celebrate its 35th anniversary, dedicated as a love letter to the community, with a reimagined season of new commissioned digital works, outdoor performances and online premieres of some of the company’s most memorable performances.
“We are not canceling our season, rather reimagining it. We still want to remain in the hearts of our community and patrons,” said Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, the ballet’s executive director. “We are looking at creativity and innovative ways to stay relevant during this new normal.”
Miami City Ballet has also launched the Dancer Support Fund with a $4 million fundraising goal.
“This fund directly benefits the entire artistic staff, helping to cover wages, health insurance and benefits, helping to safeguard their health and economic well-being over these uncertain times,” Ms. Moskalenko said.
The ballet consists of 50 dancers and 15 artistic staff members, which include production and wardrobe departments. “We do hope current subscribers, if they are able, will consider donating the value of their subscription to our Dancer Support Fund,” she added.
Current season subscribers will receive an automatic credit for the value of their subscription. They can choose to use their credit in several ways including donating to the support fund, a certificate to use for performances that will be announced in coming months, a refund, or a combination.
“These funds will also help keep our dancers on contract during our reimagined season,” Ms. Moskalenko said.
Spearheading the Dancers Support Fund, dancer Christina Spigner said all the dancers have been brainstorming how to raise money, with most creating fundraising pages on the Classy website.
“We also have been talking about what we can do outside of dancing, like reaching out to our sponsors and donors for support and hosting virtual events. Banding together has really been key for us to get through these uncertain times,” she said.
In a collaborative effort between the Lincoln Road Business Improvement District and the Comras Co., the Miami City Ballet has taken a vacant space at 744 Lincoln Road and repurposing it as a pop-up theater residency were dancers are practicing and getting back into shape. The residency is to end Sept. 10, but there are talks of possibly extending it through October, Ms. Moskalenko said.
“I know these are really hard times for the arts and culture, but it’s also a time to allow us to create and differentiate what we need to do to reimagine our organization artistically and as a business,” she said, “see how we can redefine and do things differently now that the world has changed.”