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Ricardo Graziano

Principal Dancer

Ricardo Graziano joined The Sarasota Ballet in 2010 and was promoted to Principal in 2011. His lead and featured roles include Ashton’s Birthday Offering, Enigma Variations, Façade, La Fille mal gardée, Illuminations, Jazz Calendar, Marguerite and Armand, Méditation from Thaïs, Monotones II, Symphonic Variations, Valses nobles et sentimentales, Varii Capricci, The Walk to the Paradise Garden; Balanchine’s Diamonds, Emeralds, The Four Temperaments, Prodigal Son, Stars and Stripes, Western Symphony, Who Cares?; Bintley’s A Comedy of Errors, ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café; Darrell’s Othello; de Mille’s Rodeo; de Valois’ The Rake’s Progress; Fokine’s Les Sylphides; Graham’s Appalachian Spring; Lang’s Shades of Spring; MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations, Las Hermanas; Nijinsky’s L’Après-midi d’un Faune; Nureyev’s Raymonda Act III; Robbins’ The Concert; Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Nine Sinatra Songs; Taylor’s Airs, Brandenburgs; Tuckett’s Changing Light, Lux Aeterna; Tudor’s Lilac Garden; Wheeldon’s The American, There Where She Loved; Wright’s Giselle, Summertide.

In 2011 Graziano was approached by Director Iain Webb to create a ballet for The Company and, ever since, choreography has become one of his passions. Shostakovich Suite, which premiered in October 2011 and was reprised in February 2012 and March 2015, was his first professional creation. In 2014 Graziano was appointed Resident Choreographer and, to date, has created a total of 10 ballets for The Sarasota Ballet and its school programs. His Company works include Symphony of Sorrows for the April 2012 Theatre of Dreams production (reprised in April 2014), Pomp and Circumstance for The Sarasota Ballet “Encore – the Dance Goes On” Gala in March 2013 (reprised in February 2016), Valsinhas for the May 2013 Theatre of Dreams production (reprised in January 2018), Before Night Falls in February 2014 (reprised in January 2017), En las Calles de Murcia in March 2015, In a State of Weightlessness, which premiered at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival on 12 August 2015 (reprised in March 2016 and January 2017), and Sonata in Four Movements, which premiered on 19 August 2016 at the 1932 Criterion Theater in Bar Harbor, Maine (reprised in October 2016). His latest work, The Pilgrimage, premiered with The Sarasota Ballet in October 2022.

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