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Sarasota Ballet announces 2020 - 2021 season

The company's 30th anniversary season is scheduled to begin in October.
by: Harry Sayer Staff Writer

The Sarasota Ballet is looking to the future with the announcement of its 2020-2021 season.

The company announced in a release that its 30th anniversary season — scheduled to start in October — will have seven programs, several premieres and revivals, and a showcase featuring the works of three female choreographers who helped shape 20th-century ballet to round out the order.

Those premieres include George Balanchine’s "Donizetti Variations,'' Sir Frederick Ashton’s "Dante Sonata," Sir Frederick Ashton’s "Romeo & Juliet," Mark Morris’ "The Letter V," Agnes de Mille’s "Fall River Legend," and Bronislava Nijinska’s "Les Biches."

The coming season also will have the return of Resident Choreographer Ricardo Graziano’s "Amorosa," Sir Frederick Ashton’s "Birthday Offering," Peter Darrell’s "Othello," Will Tuckett’s "Changing Light," and Ninette de Valois’ "Checkmate." 

“Major anniversaries such as these can serve just as much for profound reflection and contemplation, as they can for celebration” Director Iain Webb said in a release. “It has been an enormous privilege to guide the creative path of this company over the past 13 years. To have been able to bring so many phenomenal works into our repertoire that I had only dreamed of when I first started with The Sarasota Ballet, and to have honored ballet history and revived such important works – especially those created by Sir Fred – has been, and continues to be, a tremendously fulfilling experience

The highlight of the season, according to the release, will be the company Premiere of Sir Frederick Ashton’s adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, which is scheduled to be performed at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in December.

The 2020-2021 Sarasota Ballet Season

Program 1  

Oct. 23-25  at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
"Donizetti Variations"
Choreography by George Balanchine
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Choreography by Ricardo Graziano
Music by Antonio Vivaldi
"Company B"
Choreography by Paul Taylor
Music by the Andrews Sisters
Program 2  

Nov. 20-21 at the Sarasota Opera House
"The Spider’s Feast"
Choreography by Sir David Bintley
Music by Albert Roussel
"Dante Sonata"
Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton
Music by Franz Liszt
"Birthday Offering"
Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton
Music by Alexander Glazunov, Arranged by Robert Irving

Program 3 

Dec. 18-19 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

"Romeo & Juliet"
Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Program 4  

February 26-March 1 at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Choreography by Peter Darrell
Music by Franz Liszt
"Changing Light"
Choreography by Will Tuckett
Music by Jeremy Holland-Smith
A yet to be announced third ballet
Program 5  

 March 26-27  at the Sarasota Opera House
Choreography by George Balanchine
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
"The Letter V"
Choreography by Mark Morris
Music by Joseph Haydn

"Elite Syncopations"
Choreography by Sir Kenneth MacMillan
Music by Scott Joplin
Program 6 

April 9-10 at the Sarasota Opera House
The Sarasota Ballet Presents Mark Morris Dance Group
Program 7  

April 30-May 1 at the Sarasota Opera House
"Fall River Legend"
Choreography by Agnes de Mille
Music by Morton Gould
Choreography by Dame Ninette de Valois
Music by Arthur Bliss
"Les Biches"
Choreography by Bronislava Nijinska
Music by Francis Poulenc

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Harry Sayer is the Black Tie Reporter for the Observer. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and previously worked the Black Tie beat for the Observer newspaper in Winter Park and Maitland. You can catch him at one of Sarasota's fundraisers and shindigs. 

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