An April 6 performance of "Leonce and Lena" by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal at Northrop has been cancelled. Photo by John Hall.

Unfortunately for ballet fans, Prince Popo and Princess Pipi will no longer be making their scheduled appearance in Minneapolis on April 6. The two whimsically named characters were to be portrayed in Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal's staging of "Leonce and Lena," part of the Northrop's 2015-2016 dance season.

The event has been cancelled following the loss of a major sponsor, said Northrop director Christine Tschida. The full-length comic ballet by Christopher Spuck, based on a satirical play by Georg Buchner, was promoted as a classical ballet blended with a lively mix of mime and buffoonery. Tschida said she hopes to re-book the company in a future season.

Ticketholders will receive an email detailing refund, exchange and credit options. They may also contact the Northrop box office at or 612-624-2435. Jan. 29 is the deadline for refunds.