Dance company to host Art While Apart Auction fundraiser Oct. 21-28

October 18, 2020
| 9:00 a.m.

Outdoor rehearsal and performance spaces help conform to pandemic protocol.Click to view larger

Outdoor rehearsal and performance spaces help conform to pandemic protocol. (Andre Yew)

Having avoided a total shutdown, State Street Ballet will move forward with a modified start to the 2020-21 season to begin this month, co-directors Rodney Gustafson of Santa Barbara, and William Soleau of New York have announced.

Performances will fully comply with COVID-19 protocol and restrictions. The innovative modification is called Studio Series and will include performances and virtual offerings, some originating from their home rehearsal space, The Gail Towbes Center for Dance, in Santa Barbara.

The company has built outdoor rehearsal and performance spaces where small, in-person, and socially distanced audiences can attend. Performances will be streamed on the new YouTube channel and Facebook.

The repertoire will include annual favorite “Evenings,” and new works including “Art While Apart,” “Nutcracker Suite,” and a holiday drive-in event for the traditional “The Nutcracker.”

“Our goal is to remain visible, valued, and relevant to our community and the greater performing arts culture during the pandemic,” Gustafson said. “It is important for us to continue contributing joy and inspiration through the art we create in the absence of live experiences.”

In addition, from Oct. 21-28, 32Auctions is hosting the Art While Apart Auction, where anyone can bid on food as well as packages and gifts.

As State Street Ballet and the global arts community work to reimagine the future of dance, support is needed to maintain virtual educational outreach and the eventual return to normalcy.

Visit the auction site www.32auctions.com/statestreetballet, and subscribe to the new YouTube Channel at SSB_YouTubeChannel, where all auction winners will be announced on Oct. 29.

Visit the State Street Ballet website https://www.statestreetballet.com/ for more information, schedules, and ticket information.