Despite a rainy cancellation, Ballet in the Park will go on

dttDance Theatre of Tennessee’s artistic director Christopher Mohnani knew it was bound to happen. On Friday, rain forced Mohnani to cancel his company’s opening night performance of Giselle at Centennial Park.

“We looked at the weather reports and there was every indication we’d have a thunderstorm at 8 o’clock, right in the middle of our performance,” said Mohnani. “We couldn’t go on under those conditions.”

Mohnani and his dancers were forced to cancel a performance last year due to rain. The cancellation made a difference, since the company had scheduled just one weekend of performances. This year, the company scheduled two weekends of performances. It also built in a rain date.

DTT will forge ahead with its second annual Ballet in the Park at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22 at Centennial Park’s Bandshell. A special rain date performance has been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 at the Bandshell. The rest of the series continues Sept. 27-29, with a special Artober performance on Sept. 30.

You can read a preview of this year’s Ballet in the Park here. ArtsNash will attend Sunday’s concert, and a review will appear on this website first thing Monday morning.

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About John Pitcher

John Pitcher is the chief classical music, jazz and dance critic as well as co-founder of ArtsNash. He has been a classical music critic for the Washington Post, the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, National Public Radio’s Performance Today (NPR), and the Nashville Scene. His writings about music and the arts have also appeared in Symphony Magazine, American Record Guide and Stagebill Magazine, among other publications. Pitcher earned his master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he studied arts writing with Judith Crist and Phyllis Garland. His work has received the New York State Associated Press award for outstanding classical music criticism.