Grand Rapids Ballet postpones 2020-21 season in-person performances

Posted at 1:36 PM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 13:36:28-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Ballet has postponed its in-person performances for the 2020-21 season in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

That scheduled programming will instead take place the following year, according to a news release. Season subscriptions will automatically shift with no price increase or loss of preferred seating.

The company will also present a series of virtual performances for this upcoming season, with choreographers and titles to be determined, the release said.

“In the next few weeks, we will announce the structure of the new reimagined 2020-21 season, including information on how to purchase a subscription or individual tickets,” Artistic Director James Sofranko said. “If we are able at any point throughout the 2020-21 season to safely bring patrons back to our theater for in-person live performances, we will do so.”

The company is asking those who purchased tickets for this past season’s canceled performances of “Aladdin” or “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to donate the ticket value, though refunds may also be requested.

Though the company has raised over $150,000 since the pandemic began, more is needed to meet its goals, the release said.

Donations can be sent to and refund requests should be sent to by July 31.

Plans for the Grand Rapids Ballet School’s fall term are still under consideration, though students will not have live in-person performances through at least December, according to the news release.