With the blossoming of spring comes The Sarasota Ballet’s Company Premiere of Sir Frederick Ashton’s ballet adaptation of William Shakespeare’s immortal romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, opening 27 March 2020 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. A full-length ballet choreographed in 1955 for the Royal Danish Ballet, and set to a timeless score by Sergei Prokofiev, Ashton’s version of Romeo and Juliet exhibits his mastery of fusing intricate footwork with dramatic characterization as an “intimate tragedy of two young people caught in an all-consuming passion” (David Vaughan, Frederick Ashton and his Ballets, 1977). In his 1988 New York Times review of the ballet as performed by London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet), celebrated dance critic Jack Anderson wrote, “Sir Frederick effectively shatters artifice, contrasting the innocuous peasants with brawling street fighters, and his leading characters are vividly conceived.” Romeo and Juliet puts on display Ashton’s affinity for dazzling pas de deux as well as his seamless integration of music and dance, providing a thoroughly entrancing vehicle for Shakespeare’s quintessential romantic masterpiece.
The Sarasota Orchestra will accompany this performance.
ROMEO & JULIET (Company Premiere)
Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
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