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The Sarasota Ballet Announces Marcelo Gomes as Guest Artist for the 2018 – 2019 Season

Marcelo Gomes will join The Sarasota Ballet as a Guest Artist for three of the Company’s productions during the upcoming 2018 – 2019 Season and for the 2018 August performances at the Joyce Theater

Sarasota, FL (June 28, 2018) – The Sarasota Ballet’s Director, Iain Webb, and Executive Director, Joseph Volpe announce today that renowned Principal Dancer, Marcelo Gomes, will join the Company as a guest artist for its upcoming 2018 – 2019 Season. Gomes will perform in three of The Sarasota Ballet’s productions and will also join the Company in New York for their August performances at the Joyce Theater. Starting with December’s Victorian Winters program, where Gomes will perform in George Balanchine’s Diamonds, and continuing with January’s program Transcending Movement, where Gomes will perform in Ricardo Graziano’s upcoming World Premiere. Gomes will finish his Season with The Sarasota Ballet’s March program, Poetry & Liberty, in the much anticipated revival of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Apparitions. In New York, Gomes will perform the final pas de deux in Ashton’s The Two Pigeons during The Sarasota Ballet’s Program 2 at The Joyce Theater, which will commemorate the 30th anniversary to the day of the passing of Sir Frederick Ashton.

“Marcelo is an incredible artist and we are delighted to have him here in Sarasota to perform with the Company,” says Webb. “I am particularly excited to work with Marcelo on our revival of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Apparitions. This is an important project and an important work of art that we have been entrusted to bring to life again on stage. I know that Marcelo will be truly marvelous as The Poet, a role originally created on Robert Helpmann.”

The Sarasota Ballet’s relationship with Marcelo Gomes began during the 2016 – 2017 Season, when Gomes performed during the Company’s January Gala and then returned in March where he was coached by Webb and Assistant Director Margaret Barbieri in the role of The Young Man in Ashton’s The Two Pigeons. During the 2017 – 2018 Season, Gomes was commissioned to create a World Premiere, titled Dear Life…, and again returned in April, partnering Misty Copeland, for the Company’s 27th Season Gala.

“I’m thrilled to return to The Sarasota Ballet as a guest artist for this coming Season,” Says Gomes. “Working alongside these wonderful dancers, and of course working with Margaret and Iain in the studio, is such a joy. I am so excited to perform in Ricardo’s World Premiere, in George Balanchine’s Diamonds partnering Ellen Overstreet, and of course so honored to have the opportunity to be a part of this remarkable revival of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Apparitions.”

The Sarasota Ballet’s 2018 – 2019 Season

Program 1 – August 14 – 17, 19

Sir Frederick Ashton’s Monotones I & II
Ricardo Graziano’s Symphony of Sorrows
Christopher Wheeldon’s There Where She Loved

Program 2 – August 18 (matinee & evening)
Christopher Wheeldon’s There Where She Loved
Sir Frederick Ashton’s Monotones I & II
Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Chatte métamorphosée en femme
Sir Frederick Ashton’s pas de trois from Les Patineurs
Sir Frederick Ashton’s Méditation from Thaïs
Sir Frederick Ashton’s final pas de deux from The Two Pigeons

Iconographic | Program 1 | 26 – 28 October 2018

FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Martha Graham's APPALACHIAN SPRING | music by Aaron Copland (company premiere)
Ricardo Graziano's SYMPHONY OF SORROWS | music by Henryk Górecki
Galina Samsova's PAQUITA | music by Ludwig Minkus

Masters of Dance| Program 2 | 16 – 17 November 2018
Sarasota Opera House
Sir Frederick Ashton's RHAPSODY | music by Sergei Rachmaninoff (company premiere)
Christopher Wheeldon's THERE WHERE SHE LOVED | music by Frédéric Chopin and Kurt Weill
Jerome Robbins' THE CONCERT | music by Frédéric Chopin (company premiere)

Victorian Winters | Program 3 | 14 – 15 December 2018
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sir Frederick Ashton's LES PATINEURS | music by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Sir Frederick Ashton's ENIGMA VARIATIONS | music by Sir Edward Elgar
George Balanchine's DIAMONDS | music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Transcending Movement | Program 4 | 25 – 28 January 2019
FSU Center for the Performing Arts
David Bintley's FOUR SCOTTISH DANCES | music by Malcolm Arnold
Ricardo Graziano WORLD PREMIERE
Sir Frederick Ashton's VARII CAPRICCI | music by Varii Capricci (company premiere)

The Martha Graham Dance Company | Program 5 | 15 – 17 February 2019
FSU Center for the Performing Arts

Poetry and Liberty | Program 6 | 8 – 9 March 2019
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sir Frederick Ashton's APPARITIONS | music by Franz Liszt (company premiere)
George Balanchine's STARS AND STRIPES | music by John Philip Sousa

Giselle | Program 7 | 26 – 27 April 2019
Sarasota Opera House
Sir Peter Wright’s renowned production of this beloved full-length classic.

Subscription Tickets

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Single Tickets

Tickets for The Sarasota Ballet’s performances at the Joyce Theater are available from $10 at 212.242.0800 or online at

Individual tickets for The Sarasota Ballet’s 2018 - 2019 Season, starting at $30, go on sale 1 August 2018 at or by calling 941.359.0099.

About The Sarasota Ballet

Since 1990, the mission of The Sarasota Ballet has been enriching lives, captivating emotions and strengthening the community through the art of dance. Under the leadership of Director Iain Webb, Executive Director Joseph Volpe and Assistant Director Margaret Barbieri, The Sarasota Ballet has received national and international recognition for its diverse repertoire of rarely performed ballets, as well as the integrity and artistry of its performances. The Company’s expanded repertoire includes works by world-renowned choreographers such as Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Sir Matthew Bourne, Dame Ninette de Valois, Michel Fokine, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Rudolf Nureyev, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor and Christopher Wheeldon. During Webb’s tenure, The Sarasota Ballet has been invited to perform twice at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and twice at the Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center, as well as week-long residencies at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Joyce Theater in New York. In May 2017 The Sarasota Ballet performed at the inaugural National Choreographic Festival in Salt Lake City and in August of 2018 will return to the Joyce Theater for another week-long residency.

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