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Madison Ballet Amid Financial Strife Suspends Remainder of Season

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Feb 26, 2016 02:32 PM EST
Madison Ballet Amid Financial Strife Suspends Remainder of Season Dancers perform in Nevada Ballet Theatre's production of 'The Nutcracker' at the Theatre des Arts at the Paris Las Vegas December 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo : Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

It's been announced that the Madison Ballet will suspend the rest of its season. With a lack of funding and trying to prevent further financial debt, the company will cancel the rest of the season following its thrice performed production Spring Rep I this year.

This will be the second time in recent years that the ballet has had to cancel the remainder of its season. In an announcement last Friday, the company also included its staging of the ballet Peter Pan as part of the suspension. The performance was originally scheduled for March 19-20.

Also, the sequel to Spring Rep entitled, of course, Spring Rep II at the Bartell will be cancelled along with a planned trip to Missouri with the production Dracula.

Speaking on the subject, Madison Ballet's General Manager Gretchen Bourg commented, "We've been through much worse frankly, and we've come out ahead. I know that we will come out a stronger organization."

And she continued to canto that the ballet will not be going anywhere. With its 15 dancer-strong ensemble, the company is trying to remain afloat.

The fiscal year for the ballet is set to end on Aug. 31 with officials commenting that those who purchased tickets to the cancelled performances have the option of receiving a full-refund or donating to the ballet.

A donation to the ballet could go a long way in this instance as it is a most unfortunate circumstance that the Madison has found itself entrenched in.

Our condolences to the ballet as it tries to land on its feet. Of course this is not the first company to secede to financial strife.

For now, though, keep up with a preview of the ballet below.

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