Ricardo Graziano joined The Sarasota Ballet in 2010 and was promoted to Principal in 2011. His lead and featured roles include Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand, Enigma Variations, Jazz Calendar, The Walk to the Paradise Garden, La Fille mal Gardée, Symphonic Variations, Illuminations, Birthday Offering, Les Patineurs, Façade, Les Rendezvous, Monotones II, Valse nobles et sentimentales; Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, Emeralds, Diamonds, Prodigal Son, The Four Temperaments, Serenade, Donizetti Variations, Divertimento No. 15, Who Cares?; de Mille’s Rodeo; de Valois’ The Rake’s Progress; Fokine’s Les Sylphides; Nijinsky’s L’Après-midi d’un Faune; Nureyev’s Raymonda Act III; Possokhov’s Firebird; Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Nine Sinatra Songs; Tuckett’s Changing Light, Lux Aeterna, The Secret Garden; Tudor’s Lilac Garden; Wheeldon’s The American, There Where She Loves; Wright’s Summertide.
In 2011 Graziano was approached by Director Iain Webb to create a ballet for The Company and, since then, 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, he 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, Before Night Falls in February 2014, 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 and Sonata in Four Movements, which premiered on 19 August 2016 at the 1932 Criterion Theater in Bar Harbor, Maine. He will premiere a new work for The Sarasota Ballet in January 2017.