The Sarasota Ballet's Digital Program 6 features:
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.
Note: The ballets included in Digital Program 6 have been updated as of 22 March 2021.
HOW TO VIEW DIGITAL PROGRAM 6:
On the morning of April 23rd, all ticket holders will receive a personalized email containing their private link to Digital Program 6 along with links to the Performance Program Book, our 30th Anniversary Season Program Book, and a tutorial video on connecting your internet device to your television.
If tickets are purchased after the morning of the 23rd, you will receive these links via email several minutes after time of purchase. Tickets for Digital Program 6 will be on sale until Tuesday, 27 April, at 6:00 PM EST.
Upon becoming available to watch, Digital Program 6 can be watched as many times as you would like, until Tuesday, 27 April, at 11:59 PM EST, at which point the Program will no longer be viewable. Make sure you enjoy it before then!