Health and safety of our audiences and artists

Boston Ballet is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our community. We have made the following changes to our upcoming programs, events, and class schedules.

Updated as of June 25, 2020

All Boston Ballet performances, events and gatherings for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season are cancelled. Read the full message from Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and Executive Director Max Hodges.

Your Continued Support

Boston Ballet is a people-powered arts nonprofit organization comprised of dancers, musicians, stagers, artisans, faculty, administrative staff, and volunteers. It employs more than 500 full and part-time individuals in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts across three studios in Boston, Newton, and Marblehead. Boston Ballet depends on revenue generated by patrons in the theater, students in our classrooms, and the generosity of donors.

This suspension totals 75% of our spring season and Boston Ballet expects to lose well over $8 million as a result. These are vital resources that pay for the talented dancers and staff who make everything you love about Boston Ballet possible.

We are energetically pursing every available solution to the revenue loss triggered by COVID-19, including generous support from the Boston Ballet community, government assistance through the CARES Act, recouping variable expenses related to performances and events, instituting a wave of furloughs for nearly all staff, and Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and Executive Director Max Hodges will take a voluntary 50 percent salary reduction. Boston Ballet will pay 100% of health insurance for furloughed staffers.

Please consider doing what you can to provide critical relief to the Boston Ballet community. When you turn your unused performance ticket into a tax-deductible donation, you support our artists and staff. When you make an additional gift to Boston Ballet, you keep our workforce preparing for the moment we can welcome you back to our theater and studios once again.

Performances and Events

CARMEN (updated as of Jun 25, 2020)

In our ongoing efforts to prioritize the safety of our audiences and artists, all performances of Carmen (originally postponed from March to Aug 20–30, 2020) will not be performed in-person at the theater.

All ticket holders and subscribers received an email with more details. If you have additional questions, please contact the Box Office at TICKETS@BOSTONBALLET.ORG or 617.695.6955. We are responding as quickly as possible and greatly appreciate your patience.

Swan Lake

All performances for Swan Lake (May 1– 31, 2020) are cancelled.

Off the Charts

Off the Charts (May 8–29, 2020) is suspended and will replace the Titans program (Feb 18–28, 2021) of the 2020–2021 season. The new Off the Charts program will include a world premiere by William Forsythe, Alexei Ratmansky’s Tanzsuite, and Stephen Galloway’s highly-anticipated new work which was scheduled to make its world premiere on May 8.

Boston Ballet School

Based on recent government decisions and in consultation with partner institutions, Boston Ballet School will be closed through the end of the school year and all spring events are cancelled. Any questions or concerns should be addressed to a Studio Administrator at 617.456.6333, or email at school@bostonballet.org.  
 
Boston Ballet School will be distributing virtual learning plans to keep students engaged during this period.

Summer Dance Program
The safety of our students and faculty will always be our top priority, and due to ongoing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, we will be offering SDP exclusively as a virtual program this year. We are unable to offer onsite training this summer. Please reach out to SDP@BOSTONBALLET.ORG with any questions.

UPDATED June 3, 2020
Summer Programs

Summer Sessions, Ballet Journeys, Ballet Exploration, Master Class Series, and Ballet Workshops have been cancelled. Programming is being redesigned due to ongoing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 and details will be shared in the coming months. Registered families have been contacted with next steps. Please contact school@bostonballet.org with any questions.

Auditions

Due to current COVID-19 implications and necessary precautions, all Boston Ballet Company, BBII, Post Graduate program auditions are cancelled.

Dance Inspiration

Please enjoy a variety of behind-the-scenes videos, performance clips, and articles. This will be updated regularly so come back to see what is new.

Also visit us on social media @bostonballet to engage with Boston Ballet’s online community.

Thank you for your support during this difficult and unprecedented event. We regret the inconvenience to you and very much look forward to welcoming you back soon.

The audience connection to the art is what truly brings it to life.

Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director
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