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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Cleveland loses world class ballet series

The Ceveland Playhouse sits empty as a result of its boards decision to cut the cities ballet series.

In a recent post Doug Fox mentioned that there are just a few of us in the dance blogosphere talking about the economic woes of the industry. The sad thing is that it’s a topic that is just too easy to pick up, how can you ignore it when every week there is a new story of financial difficulties.

So this weeks troubling topic? Cleveland announced that it has cancelled its Ballet Series. Started in 2002 after the departure of the Cleveland ballet, which relocated to San Jose, the program never really took off. Brining in companies of world renowned such as, American Ballet Theatre, the Kirov Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, and the Joffrey Ballet the program in four years sold only 104,000 tickets.

Along with these numbers the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that, “Cincinnati Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker" will be presented Wednesday, Dec. 6, through Sunday, Dec. 10. The Hungarian State Folk Dance Ensemble has been booked for a performance Thursday, March 1, 2007.”

You can read more on the cancellations at, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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