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April 20

 
CULTURE

Ballet SA tightens its belt


Ian Morris and Saki Yabumoto in Gabriel Zertuche's Da Luz. Photo by Amitava Sarkar, courtesy Ballet SAIan Morris and Saki Yabumoto in Gabriel Zertuche's Da Luz. Photo by Amitava Sarkar, courtesy Ballet SABallet San Antonio, the 27-year-old professional company that's expected to be one of the resident organizations at the Tobin Center for Performing Arts when it opens in 2014, is taking steps to avoid the kind of financial landslide that forced the San Antonio Opera into bankruptcy earlier this year. The company moved its final performance of the season from a two-night run at the Lila Cockrell Theatre to a single March 25 matinee at the Carver's more reasonably priced Jo Long Theatre. The company has also cut its dancer roster for the last few weeks of the season from 17 to five.

Ballet SA, which has a $700,000 annual budget, including $65,000 in City arts funding, has increased its budget dramatically since 2009, and it reached an all-time high in corporate underwriting last year.

"This past season was the biggest season we've ever done," said Executive Director and President Courtney Mauro Barker. But low tickets sales for the February performance of the classic ballet comedy Coppelia prompted tough decisions.


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