Ballet cancels scheduled shows in Baltimore

November 30, 1993|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer

The Washington Ballet has canceled its scheduled February and May appearances in Baltimore.

"It's purely financial. We have not been able to generate enough ticket sales to justify continuance of our performances there," said Elvi Moore, general director of the ballet.

The company drew about 800 to its fall performance in October at Kraushaar Auditorium on the campus of Goucher College, and had been scheduled to return Feb. 12 and May 7.

"I hope it's temporary," said Ms. Moore. "If we had a sponsor over there it would be one thing, but our subscriber level is low and a lot of other sales are reduced for groups, students and seniors. . . . We love going there, and the dancers love performing there."

Season subscribers for the Baltimore appearances, who number about 150, will be accommodated at the Washington Ballet's home performances at the Kennedy Center, Ms. Moore said. All are being notified by mail of the cancellation policy.

The company's winter series includes four performances at the Kennedy Center Feb. 17-19, with works by George Balanchine and Choo San Goh. The spring program includes seven performances May 10 through 15, with works by Choo San Goh, Monica Levy and Judith Jamison. For ticket information, call (410) 225-3131. Like all arts organizations, "we are having to do belt tightening in these perilous times," said Ms. Moore.

The Washington company has appeared in Baltimore on a regular basis since 1986, with one or two-night performances of its spring, winter and fall series productions.

"We have considered Baltimore our second home," said Ms. Moore.

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