Dallas — TITAS/Dance Unbound has postponed the Feb. 28-29 performance of Beijing Dance/LDTX because of the Coronavirus outbreak in China. A replacement will be announced soon, but we can tell you that it will consist of three local companies in a preview of a to-be-announced festival of local talent that TITAS will present in late summer 2020, says TITAS Executive Director Charles Santos.
Dallas was to be the third U.S. stop on the Beijing Dance/LDTX tour, and because of the spreading virus, the group has canceled its international dates. "It's the responsibie thing to do," says Santos.
Santos says he expects the outbreak to be resolved by the time of the TITAS gala, in which the group is bringing in two artists from China.
Look for more info on the Feb. 28-29 performances coming on TheaterJones.
Read more about this announcement in the news release below:
TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND today announced that its upcoming presentation of BeijingDance/LDTX is being postponed due to travel restrictions caused by the Coronavirus outbreak in Asia. The entire North American tour has been postponed.
“While we are disappointed in the postponement, we are encouraged to learn that everyone in BeijingDance/LDTX is healthy,“ says Charles Santos, TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND
executive director/artistic director. “This global health issue is changing every day, it was necessary and responsible for them to postpone the entire tour.”
BeijingDance/LDTX was scheduled to appear at Moody Performance Hall on February 28 & 29. TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND, its presenting partner the AT&T Performing Arts Center and other dance presenters in the United States have been monitoring the situation overseas and working to ensure they were following the recommendation of the World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control and City of Dallas protocols. They want to ensure the safety of the dancers, staff and patrons attending performances.
“We are certainly saddened that, this year, our Dallas audiences will not experience this amazing company from across the globe,” said Debbie Storey, president and CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. “TITAS and the Center are committed to bringing them back in a future season. This is a reminder of how connected we are to the global community and we send our best wishes to LDTX, the people of China, and to everyone affected by this health crisis.”
TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND also announced that it will be presenting three top local dance companies on those same dates, February 28 & 29, in the Moody Performance Hall. The three dance companies will be announced shortly. This presentation will replace the BeijingDance/LDTX engagement and will be a “preview” of a bigger new festival being developed by TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND. In the coming days, more details on the three companies and the new festival will be shared.
With the change of performing artists for the February 28 & 29 dates, all ticket holders for BeijingDance/LDTX will be directly contacted by the AT&T Performing Arts Center box office staff to explain the options regarding their performance tickets. If patrons have any questions, they are welcome to call the box office at 214.880.0202 or TITAS at 214-978-2855.