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The Sarasota Ballet Opens 2019 by Adding An Additional Performance to January’s Transcending Movement

25 – 28 January 2019 at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts Hall. Featuring David Bintley’s ‘Four Scottish Dances,’ Sir Frederick Ashton’s ‘Meditation from Thaïs,’ Ricardo Graziano’s World Premiere, and Sir Frederick Ashton’s ‘Varii Capricci.’

Sarasota, FL (January 4, 2019) – The Sarasota Ballet opens its 2019 winter and spring season with Transcending Movement. The Program, accompanied by Guest Artist Marcelo Gomes, will feature an eclectic combination of ballets including the company premiere of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Varii Capricci, revivals of David Bintley’s Four Scottish Dances and Ashton’s Meditation from Thaïs, as well as a World Premiere by Ricardo Graziano. Due to overwhelming demand, The Sarasota Ballet has added a 2:00 PM Monday Matinee to enable more patrons to see these stunning works.

“This program is a truly fascinating combination of works. Each ballet has an extraordinary and unique story, either through its creative origins or through how it has reached the Sarasota stage,” explains Iain Webb, Director of The Sarasota Ballet. “From Ricardo’s much anticipated World Premiere to the reconstruction of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Varii Capricci, and of course the continuation of Marcelo’s Guest performances with us, there is a great deal to say, and indeed to see, with these upcoming performances!”

Bintley’s Four Scottish Dances, his second professional choreographic work, was created for a 1979 tour to Israel by the dancers of the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet. Described as a ‘picture postcard’ of Scotland, with caber tossing and wandering in the heather, this humorous and entertaining ballet for six dancers is a wonderful example of Bintley’s choreographic brilliance and wit.

Resident Choreographer Ricardo Graziano’s forthcoming World Premiere will be his first new one-act ballet in two years and his first new work to receive its world premiere in Sarasota since 2015. Sarasota Herald-Tribune dance critic Carrie Seidman has stated that “Graziano’s ability to create integrated movement that is both original and difficult, yet still organic and fluid, is impressive.”

Closing the program is the Company Premiere of Ashton’s Varii Capricci, a ballet that received its World Premiere during The Royal Ballet’s 1983 tour to New York. Choreographed to a score by the same name by Sir William Walton, the ballet was struck with tragedy in its infancy as Walton passed away just hours after he had finished the coda for the music for the ballet. During its premiere, esteemed dance critic and writer Anna Kisselgoff described it as “Sir Frederick fooling around, caught up in a spirit of fun. It is that rare ballet bird – a self-parody and an honorable parody of the Royal Ballet’s own traditions.” Created on the mesmerizing partnership of Sir Anthony Dowell and Dame Antoinette Sibley, Ashton poked fun at the reverence and admiration the couple had received and cast the “prince of English ballet classicism as a punk, its golden princess as a matron on the make.” Within this work of parody and fun is Ashton’s extraordinary musicality and choreographic genius, and as Kisselgoff wrote “Varii Capricci contains two genuine Ashton pas de deux, inventive and heart-fluttering as usual.”

The Sarasota Ballet’s performances of Transcending Movement are sponsored by WEDU.

Performance Schedule and Ticket Information
25 – 28 January 2019
FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, 25 January 2019 at 7:30pm (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, 26 January 2019 at 2:00pm (SOLD OUT) & 7:30pm (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, 27 January 2019 at 2:00pm (SOLD OUT) & 7:30pm (LIMITED SEATING)
Monday, 28 January 2019 at 2:00pm (ADDED SHOW) & 7:30pm
Four Scottish Dances
Choreography by David Bintley
Music by Sir Malcolm Arnold
Meditation from Thaïs
Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton
Music by Jules Massenet
World Premiere
Choreography by Ricardo Graziano
Music by Antonio Vivaldi
Varii Capricci
Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton
Music by Sir William Walton
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Single Tickets
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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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