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2020-21 Season Performances

State Street Ballet Announces Modified Season

img Photo: Andre Yew    


Avoiding a total shutdown, State Street Ballet’s Executive Director Rodney Gustafson has announced an amended 2020-2021 season to begin in October incorporating COVID-19 restrictions. This will include virtual events such as Art While Apart and its corresponding Online Auction, and the annual studio series Evenings will be reimagined as a film festival, featuring choreography by State Street Ballet's dancers. The holiday season will culminate with an online event showing the 2019 performance of The Nutcracker at The Granada Theatre. 

Gustafson shares, “Our goal is to remain visible, valued, and relevant to our community and the greater performing arts culture during the pandemic. It is important for us to continue contributing joy and inspiration through the art we create in the absence of live experiences.”

In the short term, and as California state mandates allow, the spring of 2021 will bring State Street Ballet’s live performances back to The Lobero Theatre and outdoor venue, Godric Grove Amphitheater in Elings Park. The company has a full contingent of Professional Track students (their upper level trainee program) and are maintaining a strong subset of their resident company dancers. Their traditional touring season, including “The Nutcracker” performances, has been pushed forward to the 2021-22 Season. 

State Street Ballet believes that dance is the heart of every culture. They seek to exemplify the value of this shared experience through innovative live performances, unique educational & outreach programs, and barrier-breaking collaborations.

2020-21 Season Performances

Evenings 2020

Virtual Event

img Photo: Andre Yew    

State Street Ballet's celebrated Studio Series has gone virtual! A showcase for the choreographic talents of our dancers, EVENINGS this year is a collection of new dance films, created in this moment, and shot in various locations around Santa Barbara. Tune in to see our dancers as creative entrepreneurs, exploring their talents both onscreen and off!

Watch EVENINGS on YouTube here

Download the EVENINGS program here

EVENINGS premiered on Giving Tuesday 2020, a global day of generosity that follows the Thanksgiving holiday and encourages people to simply do good deeds in their communities, through donations, collaborations, and celebrating kindness. Join the movement and make a donation to State Street Ballet, in support of our dancers, virtual programming, and future endeavors. 

EVENINGS choreography by Tanner Blee, Anna Carnes, Amara Galloway, Arianna Hartanov, Ahna Lipchik, Emma Matthews

Videography and Editing by Torin Bradshaw, Anna Carnes, Mateo Davis, James Folsom, Zac Stanke, Andre Yew

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