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Colorado Ballet 2020-21 season


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The Colorado Ballet just announced that their 2020 Nutcracker is cancelled. Giselle, originally scheduled for 8 performances in October will replace Ballet Masterworks, scheduled for April. Instead of the five productions originally planned, the season will now consist of three: The Great Gatsby (February 5 –7, 2021), The Wizard of Oz (March 5 –14, 2021) and Giselle (April 9 –18, 2021).

https://www.coloradoballet.org/covid19?

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8 hours ago, YouOverThere said:

Just saw a post on Facebook that states that the CB furloughed the dancers a week ago (9/2).

Yes. They were brought back on contract for August, with virtual company class and Giselle rehearsals for one month. Then they were all furloughed until January and administrative staff are all taking pay cuts. I don't know rules on unemployment eligibility in Colorado, but I hope that helped at least some qualify. 

https://www.9news.com/article/entertainment/colorado-ballet-institues-staff-layoffs-furloughs/73-339044422

Like many companies, they have a big fund-raiser going on to help cover the gap this fall with a goal of $3 million.

https://give.coloradoballet.org/campaign/relief-and-recovery-fund/c297017

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7 hours ago, California said:

Yes. They were brought back on contract for August, with virtual company class and Giselle rehearsals for one month. Then they were all furloughed until January and administrative staff are all taking pay cuts. I don't know rules on unemployment eligibility in Colorado, but I hope that helped at least some qualify. 

https://www.9news.com/article/entertainment/colorado-ballet-institues-staff-layoffs-furloughs/73-339044422

Like many companies, they have a big fund-raiser going on to help cover the gap this fall with a goal of $3 million.

https://give.coloradoballet.org/campaign/relief-and-recovery-fund/c297017

It is my understanding that "furloughed" is equivalent to "laid off" in regards to unemployment compensation (including whatever amount the federal govt. will kick in if they ever get another relief package passed) just about everywhere in the USA. Both are involuntary terminations that are not the result of inadequate performance or malfeasance.

$3 million is pretty ambitious for Denver.

 

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On 9/10/2020 at 2:06 PM, YouOverThere said:

It is my understanding that "furloughed" is equivalent to "laid off" in regards to unemployment compensation (including whatever amount the federal govt. will kick in if they ever get another relief package passed) just about everywhere in the USA. Both are involuntary terminations that are not the result of inadequate performance or malfeasance.

$3 million is pretty ambitious for Denver.

From several reliable on-line sources: furloughed employees retain benefits (most importantly, I think, health insurance) and are expected to return. Laid off employees are actually terminated as employees and thus lose benefits. They might be the same for unemployment compensation, but the retention of benefits seems very important.

E.g., https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/tools-and-samples/hr-qa/pages/furloughlayoffreductioninforce.aspx

I assume this fund-raiser will be going on for the next year. I have been impressed that several trustees have made major contributions -- $5K, $20K, and one at $100K! Many anonymous donations in the $1K - $5K range.  Colorado does have a huge incentive: for non-profits that are in the "enterprise zone" you get a 25% tax credit on state taxes for donations of at least $250. Colorado Ballet, Central City Opera, and Cleo Robinson all have this designation, but not Opera Colorado. As I understand it, to be qualified, the organization must include a component of local job hiring. You can only claim the credit up to your total state tax obligation for the year, but excess carries over to future years. So, it's pretty generous.

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Colorado Ballet just announced a season finale, with live performances at the Lone Tree Arts Center. The six performances over two weekends will also be sold in a live stream: https://www.lonetreeartscenter.org/showinfo.php?id=1278

Live theater seating is very limited and is available first to their Premiere Society members and then the general public. The stream is $25 and the live seating $60. I'm a little disappointed that the live stream will not be available after the performance, but okay.

The Lone Tree Arts Center is in the far southern suburbs of Denver. A light-rail stop is not too far and there's a shuttle bus.

The company has been practicing classic PdD -- Flames of Paris, White Swan, Black Swan, Corsaire, etc. -- plus some new things by company members. I'm glad to see work for the dancers. These will be their first performances since early March 2020.

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