Continuing on from the Company's inaugural Digital Fall Season, The Sarasota Ballet will be offering unique and specially filmed performances that ticket buyers can stream from the comfort of their homes. These digital experiences will replace in-theater performances for the Programs 4 through 7 of the 30th Anniversary Season. The priority of The Sarasota Ballet is to safeguard audience members, dancers, and staff from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These filmed performances allow the Company to continue to bring the enjoyment of dance to every home this season.
The Digital Winter - Spring Season is purposely designed to deliver the artistic excellence audience members expect from The Sarasota Ballet. Each program will also be filmed with multiple cameras so that, no matter from where you are streaming, you have the best seat in the house. These digital performances will then be emailed to ticket holders, who can watch the performance at their leisure during a period of time.
Digital Single Tickets are available now. Be sure not to miss out on this unique and innovative digital experience!
Digital Program 4
Paul Taylor's Brandenburgs
Created by Paul Taylor and first performed by his Paul Taylor Dance Company in April of 1988, Brandenburgs brings to life selections from Johann Sebastian Bach's famed Brandenburg Concertos in a radiant, purely musical endeavor. The Sarasota Ballet was the first professional ballet company (other than the Paul Taylor Dance Company) to perform this work on its Company Premiere in January of 2020.
Paul Taylor's Company B
Company B, another Paul Taylor creation first performed by the Paul Taylor Dance Company in June of 1991, serves as a grim reminder of American soldiers' fates during the Second World War. The ballet juxtaposes the colorful and effervescent dances of young lovers, set to the songs of the Andrews Sisters, against a background of soldiers' silhouettes collapsing against the horrors of conflict.
Digital Program 5
George Balanchine's Donizetti Variations
Balanchine created Donizetti Variations, named after composer Gaetano Donizetti whose music for the opera Don Sebastian is featured in the ballet, to mark the 100th anniversary of Italy's unification. New York City Ballet premiered this "cheerful and sunny work" alongside La Sonnambula and Monumentum Pro Gesualdo in November 1960 as part of "Salute to Italy," celebrating the Italian centennial event.
Ricardo Graziano's Amorosa
A January 2019 ballet by The Sarasota Ballet's Resident Choreographer Ricardo Graziano, Amorosa sets five couples clad in crimson and black to extracts from Antonio Vivaldi's Cello Concertos. This performance marks the first occasion for which Amorosa has been performed since its World Premiere.
Digital Program 6
Sir Frederick Ashton's Valses nobles et sentimentales
Long considered one of Ashton’s lost works, Valses nobles et sentimentales was revived by The Sarasota Ballet in 2012 for its American premiere, the first time the ballet had been seen worldwide in over twenty-five years. It has been performed several times since for special occasions – as part of The Sarasota Ballet’s 2014 Sir Frederick Ashton Festival, on tour at New York’s Joyce Theater in 2016, all to critical acclaim.
Sir Frederick Ashton's The Walk to the Paradise Garden
The Walk to the Paradise Garden was created in 1972 for The Royal Ballet's Benevolent Fund Gala, with a score and narrative theme sourced from Frederick Delius’ opera, A Village Romeo and Juliet. The original cast featured Merle Park and David Wall as the lovers, with Derek Rencher as a chalk-white vision of Death. Ashton’s choreography brought to the piece a depth of emotion and characterization uncommon in such a small-scale ballet; to that end, renowned dance historian David Vaughan wrote in his book Frederick Ashton And His Ballets, “Like Thaïs, it was no mere divertissement but a ballet in miniature, saying as much in a few minutes as many full-length ballets.”
Sir Frederick Ashton's Façade
One of Ashton's earliest choreographed works first performed by the Camargo Society in 1931, Façade is a series of divertissements described by ballet critic Debra Crane as "choreographic satires on popular dance forms and their dancers." Thematically based on a collection of eponymous poems by Edith Sitwell and set to music crafted by William Walton originally for the purpose of accompanying a recital of this poetry, Façade has since come to be known as a signature Ashton display of wit and musicality.
Digital Program 7
Sir Frederick Ashton's Birthday Offering
A rich and sumptuous display, Ashton's Birthday Offering was crafted as a pièce d'occasion for The Royal Ballet's 25th anniversary in May of 1956. Seven couples, in elegant costumes by André Levasseur, make a grand entrance to music by Alexander Glazunov, arranged by Robert Irving, then perform a dazzling series of solo variations, a bravura mazurka, and an enrapturing pas de deux, all concluding on a waltz for the entire ensemble.
Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs
Nine Sinatra Songs saw its premiere in October of 1982 by Twyla Tharp Dance, set to many of Frank Sinatra's most popular tunes. Like the thoroughly classical Birthday Offering preceding it, Nine Sinatra Songs features seven couples, but there the similarities end; dancers swing and tango through Sinatra's music, giving physical form to the tales of life and love so intimately woven by the legendary vocalist.