A message from Executive Director, Samantha Turner.
Arianni Martin & Helio Lima in “Topia”. Choreography by Ib Andersen. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.
Spirits are higher all around Ballet Arizona, and I hope yours are as well. In just weeks we will be able to greet so many of you on the stage at Desert Botanical Garden for the premiere of Ib Andersen’s The Four Seasons. This production is also the premiere of the beginnings of our life “after” – when carefully and cautiously, we get to see more of one another, and of the things we’ve missed for so long.
Day after day, we have been deeply moved by the support you have given us during this time, and your commitments to help us continue to move forward to the future. Thanks to you, we are looking forward to returning to Symphony Hall next season, to studios overflowing with young dancers pursuing their dreams at The School of Ballet Arizona, to the classrooms where we teach DanceAZ and Class Act, and to the many other ways we serve the community through our mission.
In addition to the more than 1,000 individuals like you – who provide two-thirds of our annual donations – Ballet Arizona is fortunate for the support and investment of corporations, foundations, and government institutions.
This past year has challenged all of us, including businesses large and small. And yet, while facing some of their own unique difficulties, business leaders did not forget how important the arts are to making our community a wonderful place to live and work. They knew that arts would be a source of respite and inspiration as we endured this past year and how the arts will continue to be a vital aspect of our society moving forward.
There has been tremendous creativity from our corporate supporters as well. Manley Films, who you just read about, is a longtime sponsor and partner. Their generosity and talented team have helped us bring dance to you in your homes throughout this past year. For those of you who experienced our digital performance of Energy in early March, you saw an important message from local leaders, encouraging the business community to continue supporting the arts. Made possible by Energy sponsors Goodmans Interior Structures and Manley Films, this message and will be shared beyond that production to cultivate corporate giving and advocacy throughout the Valley, so we may continue to provide our community the best of Ballet Arizona.