Nestled in the original Sanctuary, the Sanctuary Theatre is designed to present ballet close-up!
“It’s striking how well you come to know the dancers during the performance. Separated only by a bit of floor space, the audience is wrapped into the experience as if invited into the home of friends.” – Iris Fanger, Patriot Ledger
“…The Sanctuary Theatre inside the Old Cambridge Baptist Church, provides an almost religious experience. The seats are so close that you can see every slash of muscle, hear each clack of a pointe shoe, and practically feel the performers’ exhalations. The intimacy lends Mateo’s dynamic choreography a raw power that’s compulsively watchable, whether you’re a ballroom expert or have two left feet.” – Best of Boston 2011, Boston Magazine
In the cabaret format, 100 guests are treated to José Mateo’s original choreography in a casual and intimate setting. Audience members are seated around cocktail tables, can visit the Barre at every intermission for beer and wine, and enjoy live piano music before the show and at intermissions.
For José Mateo Ballet Theatre’s performances of The Nutcracker, the Sanctuary Theatre is converted into a jewel box where each of the 250 seats has an up-close and personal view of the dancing.