Update, December 4, 2020:
I received an email from the Eugene Ballet today announcing the cancellation of its live performances of The Nutcracker this year. The artistic team is creating a video of the performance with behind-the-scenes interviews, which will be available for streaming on Wednesday, December 23, at 5 p.m. Pacific time. Tickets are $30 and available here.
If you bought tickets to a live performance, contact the Eugene Ballet to either exchange your ticket for another performance, a donation, or a refund at (541) 682-5000.
The Eugene Ballet, founded in 1978, is the largest touring ballet company in the nation. During the holidays, they bring The Nutcracker to communities throughout the western U.S. And every year, generous sponsorships allow the ballet to provide hundreds of free tickets for low-income families to attend Nutcracker performances in Eugene, Oregon.
The Eugene Ballet typically ends its Nutcracker tour every year with performances in Eugene for three days in mid- to late December. But this year is far from normal. Thanks to the coronavirus, the company has cancelled its tour for the 2020-2021 season and shortened the performance schedule at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.
Here’s the new schedule:
- The Nutcracker, December 18–27, 2020
- Dance Unphased, March 5–7, 2021
- Cinderella, April 9–11, 2021
This year, the company will dance to recorded music for all performances. Each performance runs 80-90 minutes with no intermissions. Limited tickets are available for each performance (buy tickets online), and audience members will be seated in the groups they purchase at least six feet away from other patrons.
Season tickets are not available for the 2020-2021 season.
Learn more about the abbreviated season at eugeneballet.org/announcement-2020-2021-season.
For more information about the Eugene Ballet, visit the company’s website.
Read my review of the Eugene Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker:
Eugene Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker a masterful tale in dance