Twin Cities Ballet is excited to announce the launch of a new Sensory-Relaxed performance series, beginning with Minnesota Nutcracker Adventure to be performed this December! A sensory-friendly, relaxed performance enables children and people with sensory sensitivities as a part of autism and/or sensory-processing disorders to experience the art of ballet with relaxed theater rules, such as the house lights staying on, theater doors remaining open, and a designated “quiet zone”.
Sensory elements, such as music volume, sound and lighting effects, are modulated, and the use of tablets/smartphones, fidget toys, and movement in the audience are permitted. A “social narrative” is available prior to the show so that audience members can familiarize themselves with the elements of the performance, know what to expect, and increase their comfort level with a new situation. Performers are available before the show for an “Introduction to the Characters,” which also allows for increased comfort. We are thrilled to be able to share the love of ballet with people who may experience difficulties in a regular performance setting. TCB believes dance is for everyone!
We are happy to provide additional accessibility services and accommodations. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to begin a conversation on how we can help.
What is different about a “relaxed” show?
-House lights remain on
-Doors remain open for exiting theater as needed
-Use of tablets/smartphones allowed (no videos or photos of performance)
-Designated “Quiet Zone” available throughout performance
-Introductions with performers before the show to familiarize audience members with the characters
-Recorded music to control volume
-No flashing lights, stage fog/smoke, or sudden sounds