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The Sarasota Ballet’s Principal Film Series Explores The World Of Ballet Through Film

The Principal Film Series provides audience members with historical insights into The Sarasota Ballet’s 2018 – 2019 Season

Sarasota, FL (September 6, 2018) – The Sarasota Ballet announces today the line-up of films for The Principal Film Series, inviting audiences to explore the world of ballet through film, and gain a unique insight into the art form’s history. The four films this Season are a feature of famed choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton; the documentary Martha Graham – The Dancer Revealed; a feature on beloved dancer Dame Margot Fonteyn in celebration of her Centennial; and performance highlights of Ricki Bertoni, Character Principal Dancer of The Sarasota Ballet.

“There is an incredibly rich tapestry of history and artistic endeavor that lives behind the scenes of every ballet. By presenting this film series we give our audiences a fascinating and important look at the art form as a whole,” explains Iain Webb, Director of The Sarasota Ballet.


The Principal Film Series

Sir Frederick Ashton | Knight of British Ballet

26 November 2018

As a part of the 30th Anniversary of the passing of Sir Frederick Ashton, join The Sarasota Ballet for a special Principal Film series in celebration of Ashton’s life and his incredible choreographic genius.

6:00 PM | FSU Center for the Performing Arts, Studio 1


Martha Graham | American Dance Icon

4 February 2019

One of the great figures in American Performing Arts, Martha Graham revolutionized the world of dance. Join The Sarasota Ballet for the documentary Martha Graham - The Dancer Revealed, an extraordinary look at one of the innovators of modern dance.

6:00 PM | FSU Center for the Performing Arts, Studio 1


Dame Margot Fonteyn | Ballet Royalty

25 March 2019

Appointed by Queen Elizabeth II as Prima Ballerina Assoluta of The Royal Ballet, Fonteyn’s distinguished career made her a household name the world over. As we celebrate her Centennial, join The Sarasota Ballet for an evening featuring extracts from some of her most beloved roles.

6:00 PM | FSU Center for the Performing Arts, Studio 1


Ricki Bertoni | Principal of The Sarasota Ballet

15 April 2019

Join Ricki Bertoni as he shows clips from some of his favorite on-stage roles so far at The Sarasota Ballet, and reveals the hard work and dedication required for a dancer to prepare for these ballets.

6:00 PM | FSU Center for the Performing Arts, Studio 1


The Principal Film Series is sponsored by SRQ Magazine and SRQ MEDIA


Subscription Tickets

Audiences can choose from a full subscription for both The Principal Film Series and Inside the Studio, or a package for only The Principal Film Series. For information, please visit or call the box office at 941.359.0099 Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm.

Single Tickets

Individual tickets for all 4 Films are available at $15 per person. For information, please visit or call the box office at 941.359.0099 Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm.

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.

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