HUNTSVILLE, AL — The Huntsville Ballet made the difficult decision in 2020 to cancel their season due to the coronavirus pandemic, which meant skipping the company’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker.” In just a matter of days, however, Hunstville Ballet makes a triumphant return to the stage with “Bridge to Ballet.”
“Bridge the Ballet” is a fundraiser to ensure the survival of the ballet through the pandemic. The performance will feature “Affectionately Yours,” a Valentine’s Day favorite, as well as the world premiere of “Big Spring Dreams,” an eclectic collection of vignettes of human emotion: love, inspiration, happiness, and hope, dedicated to the city of Huntsville and the community that supports the Huntsville Ballet.
“This will be our first production since being shut down because of COVID-19,” said Phillip Otto, artistic director for Huntsville Ballet Company. “Our dancers are all excited to perform on a stage again even with masks and for a smaller audience due to social distancing.”
“Big Spring Dreams” will feature guest choreography by Gina Guerrera and Desmond Nunn. Guerrera serves on the faculty of Huntsville Ballet School and has been dancing and choreographing for more than 20 years. Original sets have been designed by artist, Monica Yother whose work on behalf of the ballet has earned awards at local, regional, and national levels.
Nunn is an Alabama native and former HBC principal dancer, and is currently dance captain, ensemble swing and John Laurens / Philip Schuyler cover in the first national tour of “Hamilton: An American Musical.” Nunn will choreograph “Bridge the Ballet” and dance in “Affectionately Yours.”
“Desmond’s contributions to our organization have helped shape HBC into what it is today,” Otto said.
“Bridge the Ballet” is sponsored by The Damson Automotive Group and will be performed February 12-14, 2021 just in time for Valentine’s Day weekend at the Dream Theater at 3401 Holmes Avenue.
- Friday, February 12 at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, February 13 at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, February 13 at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, February 14 at 3 p.m.
For tickets, information, or to make a donation, please contact Huntsville Ballet at 256-539-0961.