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Ricki Bertoni

Character Principal

Joined The Sarasota Ballet in 2010 as a Soloist, promoted to Character Principal in 2014.

Born: London, England

Training: Royal Ballet School

Previous companies: K-Ballet, English National Ballet

Favorite quotes: “Don’t act crazy, be crazy.” ~M. Barbieri
“It’s better to create something that others criticize, than create nothing and criticize others.” ~Ricky Gervais

Favorite ballet: Petrushka. This ballet is a collective work so unique in all senses, in fact, there’s nothing the ballet doesn’t have. The complexities and multiple layers within every aspect of the ballet from the intensely powerful and complex Stravinsky score to the unique choreography and magical set, a historic masterpiece in every right. The ballet left me with unique memories and emotions I’ve yet to revisit, which for me just adds to the mystery and awe of Petrushka.

Favorite costume: Widow Simone in La Fille mal gardée. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite costume per se, but dressing up in drag was the most memorable. Getting to emulate all the women I admire was a bizarre but a beautiful experience.

Fun fact: I restore vintage timepieces in my spare time. Watches are a lot like ballet – you have to be very precise or it just won’t work.

Lead and featured roles include: Ashton’s Dante Sonata, The DreamEnigma VariationsFaçadeLa Fille mal gardéeJazz CalendarA Wedding Bouquet; Balanchine’s BugakuDiamondsRubiesProdigal SonWestern Symphony, Who Cares?; Bintley’s A Comedy of Errors‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café; Bond’s Excursions; Bruce’s Sergeant Early’s Dream; de Mille’s Rodeo; de Valois’ CheckmateThe Rake’s Progress; Flindt’s The Lesson; Fokine’s Petrushka; Graham’s Appalachian Spring; Graziano’s Before Night FallsSymphony of Sorrows; House’s Living Ghosts; Kobborg’s La Sylphide; Layton’s The Grand Tour; MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations; North’s Troy Game; Robbins’ The Concert; Taylor’s Brandenburgs, Company B; Tharp’s In The Upper RoomNine Sinatra Songs; Tuckett’s Changing LightThe Secret Garden; Walsh’s I Napoletani; Wheeldon’s The American; Wright’s Giselle.