Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - The Board of Directors of Saratoga Performing Arts Center today announced plans to reduce New York City Ballet's annual residency from two weeks to one week for the 2013 season. In making the announcement, officials with both organizations cited the need to cut expenses and noted that they will continue to work to find a way for NYCB to resume a two-week residency at SPAC in 2014.
"We treasure our historic partnership with New York City Ballet, which dates back to our earliest days as an organization. Even before the groundbreaking for the Amphitheatre, George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein had decided Saratoga would be the summer home of the Ballet," said Marcia J. White, President & Executive Director. "Their vision has evolved into a remarkable legacy that continues to this day."
"In recent years, NYCB and SPAC, like arts organizations nationwide, have had to confront new financial realities," said White. "We are all operating in an environment where funding from both public and private sources is more scarce, while the costs of doing business have continued to rise."
"Those trends have created financial challenges for NYCB and its Saratoga residency that must be addressed. The move to shorten the 2013 program to one week is a short-term, but necessary step," said White. "We are hopeful that with more time, we can develop a multi-faceted plan that sustains this residency while taking into account SPAC's numerous commitments to its other artistic programs and audiences."
"New York City Ballet is tremendously proud of its SPAC heritage and we are very grateful to the loyal audiences who have attended our performances in Saratoga for the past 47 years," said Katherine E. Brown, Executive Director of New York City Ballet. "We look forward to returning to SPAC in 2013 and hope that a new financial model can be put in place to ensure the residency continues for many years to come."
"Our goal is to maintain City Ballet's historic residency at SPAC at an affordable, sustainable cost. SPAC and its audience value the partnership with City Ballet tremendously and are ready to try virtually any alternative that will allow us to reach this goal," said Susan Phillips Read, Chairman of SPAC's Board of Directors.
White noted that SPAC is in serious conversations with the National Ballet of Canada and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet about potential short-term engagements at SPAC in 2013, as an adjunct to NYCB's one-week program.
"SPAC's commitment to presenting world-class dance programming is stronger than ever," said White. "Next Tuesday, the curtain will rise on another brilliant New York City Ballet season here at SPAC, offering thousands unparalleled opportunities to see dance masterpieces come to life on our historic stage. We remain tremendously grateful for and committed to this partnership. SPAC will always be the summer home of the New York City Ballet."
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