Vancouver’s Goh Ballet no longer has a venue where it can mount the Nutcracker, its largest production of the year, the dance academy’s director says.
Goh Ballet has been staging the holiday-season production at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts annually since 2009.
However, a recent letter from Four Brothers Entertainment says the agreement to use the venue in December has been cancelled, Chan Hon Goh said.
“Basically all it says is according to one of the clauses they have 90 days to cancel a contract and this is what we’re doing now and we wish you all your success in the future,” Goh told the Straight by phone today (May 14).
“It’s just such a blow to not have a venue to present it. I don’t know. I’m still hoping to speak with somebody and tell them our story.”
Goh said the contract was signed in March.
Four Brothers Entertainment purchased the centre in 2001 but a Vancouver church has reportedly been in negotiations to buy the downtown facility.
The Straight’s requests for comment from the centre have been referred to Michael Law with Global Pacific Properties Ltd. The Colorado firm is owned by the siblings behind Four Brothers Entertainment.
A request for comment from Law was not returned today.
Goh, whose parents founded Goh Ballet, said she has struggled to reach anyone responsible for bookings at the centre.
“I can’t emphasize enough that I’d really like to speak with somebody and hope that I can work something out because of the families involved and because of the time and the commitment that’s already put in,” she said.
“We just don’t have enough time to make other arrangements. We would be so stranded. Hopefully a little bit of leeway time will not make a world of difference to the new owners, but it sure will to us.”
The Vancouver International Film Festival has said it received a similar letter from Four Brothers Entertainment cancelling its booking at the centre this fall.
Goh Ballet’s annual production of the Nutcracker involves numerous local dancers, professional guest artists, an orchestra, and other contracted workers.
The producers planned to increase the number of performances this year to eight from six.
“We’re the city’s Nutcracker and we want to present it in the city of Vancouver,” Goh said. “There’s no other venue that’s available. We don’t have time to make provisions.”
Goh Ballet has also used the centre for other major events over the past decade. The academy’s 35th anniversary gala is still scheduled to take place at the centre in June.