TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND announced Tuesday that the upcoming presentation of BeijingDance/LDTX is being postponed because of travel restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak in Asia.
The group was scheduled to appear at Moody Performance Hall Feb. 28 and 29. Three dance companies will replace the Beijing Dance/LDTX performance on those same dates. Details about the three companies will be shared at a later date.
Last week, organizers of the annual Chinese New Year festival at NorthPark Center made the decision to postpone that event as well.
There have been no confirmed cases of the new strain of coronavirus in Texas so far, and state health officials are stressing that flu is still a bigger health threat, urging people to keep calm and take preventative measures, like hand washing.
The outbreak, which began in Wuhan, China, has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization. So far, 12 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., and no one in the U.S. has died from the virus.
The full statement from TITAS/DANCE UNBOUND:
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.