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 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 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
George Balanchine's Serenade
An earlier Balanchine creation - in fact, his first ballet choreographed in America, Serenade was initially performed in June of 1934 by students of the School of American Ballet; after several revisions, it would see its official professional premiere with the American Ballet in March of 1935. Blue-costumed dancers, set against a blue background, gracefully interact through four movements of a score composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Elite Syncopations
This 1974 production first performed by The Royal Ballet demonstrates MacMillan in his most playful choreographic space; dancers engage one another in a mock "dance concert" set to rollicking ragtime music by Scott Joplin and others. Delightfully gaudy costumes designed by Ian Spurling infuse the ballet with a garish twist of joy, bringing a splash of colorful splendor to this relentlessly fun affair.
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.