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November 17-18, 2023

P2 – CONFLICTED BEAUTY

Featuring Liang’s Art of War, Ashton’s Dante Sonata, and Taylor’s Company B

With assertive partnering and forceful music by Michael Torke, Liang’s “The Art of War” was meant to call to mind calligraphy, with dancers sprinting across the stage with lengths of black silk — akin to ink filling a page.

Peter Tonguette

The Columbus Dispatch

The Company premiere of The Art of War leads Program Two. Created in 2015 by BalletMet’s Artistic Director Edwaard Liang, to be driving, pulsing, and powerful, he describes it as, “…about controlling chaos.” Choreographed during the opening stages of the Second World War, Ashton’s Dante Sonata continues the theme of conflict in Program Two. A synthesis of wartime symbolism and his reflections upon experiencing Franz Liszt’s score, the work enraptured Sarasota audiences during it’s Company Premiere. The triple bill closes with Paul Taylor’s Company B, framing the turbulent era of World War II through the songs of the Andrews Sisters. Combining moments of joy and hilarity with the heavy reality of war, Taylor creates a remarkable piece that perfectly exemplifies the duality of America in the 1940s.

Repertoire will include:

The Art of War (Company Premiere)
Choreography by Edwaard Liang
Music by Michael Torke

Dante Sonata
Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton
Music by Franz Liszt

Company B
Choreography by Paul Taylor
Music by The Andrews Sisters

PRICE

$35 – $125

RUN TIME

Approximately 2 hours with two 20 minute intermissions

Venue

Sarasota Opera House
61 N Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

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Creative Team

THE ART OF WAR

Choreography

Edwaard Liang

 

Staged By

Andres Estevez

 

Music By

Michael Torke

 

Original Lighting Design By

Les Dickert

DANTE SONATA

Choreography

Sir Frederick Ashton

 

Staged By

Patricia Tierney and Margaret Barbieri

 

Music By

Franz Liszt

 

Orchestration By

Constant Lambert

 

Original Designs By

Sophie Fedorovitch

COMPANY B

Choreography

Paul Taylor

 

Staged By

Michael Trusnovec

 

Music By

The Andrews Sisters

 

Costume Design By

Santo Loquasto

 

Original Lighting Design By

Jennifer Tipton