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The final program of the season opens Friday, May 1 at the Sarasota Opera House with a special tribute to Sergei Diaghilev and The Ballets Russes. Stretching 20 years, The Sarasota Ballet pays tribute to the Fokine era, presenting Fokine’s Les Sylphides and Petrushka, along with Nijinsky’s Afternoon of a Faun, presented with live music by the Sarasota Orchestra. Often described as a “romantic reverie,” Fokine’s Les Sylphides has no plot, but instead consists of many white-clad sylphs dancing in the moonlight with a young man, The Poet. Petrushka, also choreographed by Fokine, tells the story of a Russian traditional puppet made of straw who comes to life and develops emotions and was created for Vaslav Nijinsky. Included in this triple bill is Afternoon of a Faun, choreographed by Nijinsky and later revived by Ann Hutchinson-Guest and Claudia Jeschke from Nijinsky’s own dance notation score. Redefining ballet for the twentieth century, Afternoon of a Faun is considered one of the first modern ballets.