Health Update for Beauty and the Beast Ticket Holders
March 27th, 2020
You may have anticipated this announcement, but that doesn’t make it any easier to write. We were really looking forward to sharing the magic of Beauty and the Beast with Carnival of the Animals with you in May, but our first priority is to continue to protect the health of our community, artists, and staff during this time of uncertainty. To that end, we are postponing our season ending performance of Beauty and the Beast with Carnival of the Animals. The show will go on this fall! Our new dates are Friday, October 30th 2020 through Sunday, November 1st 2020. We are also finalizing the details on the rest of the season lineup, and we can’t wait to share it with you!
Your tickets will be transferred to the corresponding day and time for the new performance dates. If you purchased tickets via the Morrison Center or TicketMaster and have further questions, please contact the Morrison Center box office at 208. 426.1110. If you are a Ballet Idaho season ticket holder and have further questions, please contact our Patron Services Manager, Paige Thomas, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because our artists and staff are our lifeblood, we will be paying them for the remainder of the season despite two postponed shows and a substantial hit in lost revenue. Now more than ever, we really need your support. If you donate now, you will get access to the digital experience of Light/Dark, a performance that explores illumination and shadow in a dialogue between classical and contemporary movement.
It is in times like these that we truly can show what it means to be a community, and we are honored to be in this together with you.
Letter from the Artistic Director
These are definitely uncertain times for Ballet Idaho, as it is for all of the arts in Boise.
This letter is not to explain how we will navigate these uncharted waters, nor to distract you from real concerns. Rather, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for supporting the good work this organization has done for over a decade to create beauty in this incredible community. In times of social distancing and economic volatility, the arts more than ever before highlight our need for each other. Dance is a powerful expression of community and a distillation of what we value most. As a vital member of this family and a supporter of this company you are a partner in the life affirming work that together, we’ve created here in Boise. This work will continue, and while we will have to be wise stewards of our resources in the coming season, I look forward to returning our dancers to the studios, re-opening our academy to our wonderful students, and filling the theaters of Boise once more with the collective determination of one of our academy classes at work, and the
inspirational beauty of Ballet Idaho dancers on stage.
In one form or another, seasons of hardship and challenge will always come. It is at times such as these when we must be even more thoughtful and passionate about the relevance and impact of our work. Ballet Idaho will survive, and continue to thrive. This community has already demonstrated its support in the vitality and beauty we seek to embody, and I know we will continue to share the performances, rehearsals, and education that demonstrate our community can transcend the mundane, the fearful, and the ugly.
While this virus is a severe disruption, it is also an opportunity to learn. With my incredible staff, I am working each day to reimagine how we can deliver high quality programming this season and planning for contingencies in the coming year. As I do this, I am grateful to do it with the support of my team, our board of directors, and the incredible community of patronage and support that is Boise. I am learning how to become more efficient, and finding ways of sharing our work we may not have explored otherwise.
While we won’t be able to finish out our season as planned, next season will include so many wonderful things that I can’t wait to share with you. While next season might seem far away, we will be creating digital content in the form of films, podcasts, and remote classes so that we will remain connected with you and the rest of our wonderful community.
Thank you for your faith in Ballet Idaho and your belief in the value of dance.
– Garrett Anderson, Artistic Director