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Program 4 – Love & Betrayal sees the return of two powerful British ballets, with the choreography of Dame Ninette de Valois and Sir Frederick Ashton coming together for the first Program of the new year. De Valois’ The Rake’s Progress, a dramatic cautionary tale of betrayal and excess, showcases the downfall of a wealthy merchant’s heir through de Valois’ extraordinary choreography and theatricality. In contrast to The Rake's Progress' intense despair, Ashton’s romantic Valses nobles et sentimentales holds a special place in the history of The Sarasota Ballet. Having worked with Ashton on the 1987 revival, Webb returned the ballet to the stage after almost 25 years for The Sarasota Ballet’s 2012 American Premiere, reviving the almost-lost ballet and allowing audiences to experience Ashton’s vibrant musicality.
The Rake’s Progress
Choreography by Dame Ninette de Valois
Music by Gavin Gordon
Valses nobles et sentimentales
Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton
Music by Maurice Ravel
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