Plains Midstream Canada, an energy company located in Calgary, Alberta, will sponsor a new international partnership between Alberta Ballet and Houston Ballet. Though Alberta Ballet is Canada's second largest ballet company, the organization is seeking to raise its international profile. Houston Ballet will perform in Edmonton and Calgary in late April and early May, while Alberta Ballet performed in Houston in January, 2015. At that point, it wasn't clear that the tour would develop into its current partnership between the companies.

While The Royal Ballet in London and the National Ballet of Canada jointly finance productions, the Alberta/Houston partnership hasn't yet described what it will create, beyond mutual touring opportunities.

As funding for the arts grows ever more grim, ballet companies are building new, global relationships. Hopefully these partnerships will result in the preservation of elaborate, full-length ballets as well as leaving room for artistic freedom and innovation.

Ballet San Jose is no more. In its place is the new Silicon Valley Ballet—a re-branding meant to show that the ballet company belongs to the whole region, not just the city of San Jose. The company was able to beat its budget shortfall with help from the larger community, so the new name is fitting.

 

Just a few months ago, the company faced possible closure due to a budget deficit of $550,000. Since then, fundraising campaigns have been successful enough to keep the doors open—but the company has only raised $2.3 million of a needed $3.5 million. Millicent Powers, the board chair, told the San Jose Mercury News that the board is "quietly confident and optimistic." The company was able to raise $640,000 in 10 days at the peak of their budget crisis—a testament to the community's support.

 

The 2015/2016 season will feature a wide variety of ballets. Notably, the company will perform Alicia Alonso's version of Giselle, as well as its popular "Bodies of Technology" program, George Balanchine's Who Cares and Septime Webre's ALICE (in wonderland).

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