31 January – 3 February 2020 at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Sarasota, FL (January 9th, 2020) – Commencing The Sarasota Ballet’s 2020 Winter Spring Season is Program 4 - Redefined Movement, which opens 31 January at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Redefined Movement celebrates the diversity of ballet by combing three remarkable yet vastly different works, melding past and present, classical and modern, and abstract and narrative. Program 4 maintains an energy that shifts in emotion and form throughout its trio of ballets—Sir Frederick Ashton’s refined and immaculate Les Rendezvous, Dominic Walsh’s slice of Italian culture I Napoletani, and the Company Premiere of Paul Taylor’s Baroque-driven dynamo Brandenburgs. With half of the performances already sold out, and limited seating available for the rest, The Sarasota Ballet is pleased to announce an added show to this run – Monday, 3 February 2020 at 2:00 PM.
“These performances are an inspiring fusion of dance in all its various styles,” says Iain Webb, Director of The Sarasota Ballet. “You have Sir Fred’s stunning Les Rendezvous, with its vibrant choreography and music paired with its fiendishly quick and intricate movement; Mr. Taylor’s remarkable Brandenburgs, a piece that I’m incredibly proud to have our Company perform, especially as I believe we are the only ballet company to bring this work into the repertoire; and of course having Dominic Walsh back working with our Company is always such a pleasure and a wonderful opportunity for both the dancers and our audience.”
The program opens with Les Rendezvous, one of only a few of Sir Frederick Ashton’s early works to survive and a ballet that perfectly demonstrates his beloved choreographic genius and innate musicality. Premiering in 1933 by Vic-Wells Ballet (later the Royal Ballet), the one-act ballet adapts a score composed by Daniel Auber originally for his grand opera, L’enfant prodigue (The Prodigal Son), into an aural platform for a series of elegant, classically structured dances. Les Rendezvous combines the pristine, regal aesthetic frequently associated with the Russian ballets that came before it, with a flourish of charm that would prove characteristic of Ashton’s work over the course of his subsequent productions.
Redefined Movement continues with the Company Premiere of Paul Taylor’s Brandenburgs. Originally choreographed in 1988 to Johann Sebastian Bach’s iconic Brandenburg Concertos, the ballet has become a staple of the Paul Taylor Dance Company’s. Longtime Paul Taylor dancer Michael Trusnovec has been coaching the Company to instill the heart of a Paul Taylor production into the upcoming performance. In addition, International Guest Artist Marcelo Gomes will take the stage alongside The Sarasota Ballet in select performances. Brandenburgs serves as a major part of this Season’s tribute to the recently deceased modern dance titan, Paul Taylor.
Dominic Walsh’s I Napoletani closes the program with a vivacious celebration of the people and culture of Naples, Italy. Set to Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater as well as traditional Neapolitan popular music, I Napoletani was originally created for Walsh’s own company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, before its Company Premiere with The Sarasota Ballet in February 2010. This slice-of-life tribute to Italian heritage through music and dance brings a joyous finale to the program.
The Sarasota Ballet’s performances of Redefined Movement are sponsored by SRQ Media Group.
Performance Schedule and Ticket Information
31 January – 3 February 2020
FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, 31 January 2020 at 7:30 PM [ SOLD OUT ]
Saturday, 1 February 2020 at 2:00 PM [ SOLD OUT ]
Saturday, 1 February 2020 at 7:30 PM [ SOLD OUT ]
Sunday, 2 February 2020 at 2:00 PM [ LIMITED SEATING ]
Sunday, 2 February 2020 at 7:30 PM [ LIMITED SEATING ]
Monday, 3 February 2020 at 2:00 PM [ADDED SHOW ]
Monday, 3 February 2020 at 7:30 PM [ LIMITED SEATING ]
Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton
Music by Daniel Auber
Brandenburgs (Company Premiere)
Choreography by Paul Taylor
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreography by Dominic Walsh
Music by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and traditional Italian music
Subscriptions and Packages to The Sarasota Ballet’s 2019 - 2020 Season are on sale now, beginning at $100. For information, please visit www.SarasotaBallet.org or call the box office at 941.359.0099, Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm.
Individual tickets for Redefined Movement, starting at $35, are on sale now at www.SarasotaBallet.org 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 returned to the Joyce Theater for another sold out week-long residency.