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Tulsa Ballet cancels 'The Nutcracker' amid pandemic

Posted at 5:43 PM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 19:21:50-04

TULSA, Okla.  — Tulsa Ballet is canceling "The Nutcracker" this holiday season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The professional ballet company announced Wednesday that it will be reimagining its 2020-21 fall season with performances that follow guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In a news release, the company said, "Through much discussion, Tulsa Ballet has determined that a return to large venue performances is unsafe for both dancers and audience members. For this reason, the annual Tulsa Ballet production of The Nutcracker, Tulsa’s holiday tradition for the past fifty years, has been canceled for this December."

However, Tulsa Ballet said it will be returning to the stage this fall for the first time since February.

The company is set to perform live in its Studio K theater on Brookside at the end of October, officials said. The show will feature three brand new works by three internationally revered dance makers, including Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Yury Yanowsky, and Ma Cong.

Officials said this particular program will be limited to subscribers only due to social distancing guidelines.

For more information about Tulsa Ballet's response to COVID-19, click here.

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