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The Sarasota Ballet Receives Grant

The Sarasota Ballet today announced an Arts Appreciation grant award from Gulf Coast Community Foundation in support of the 2017-2018 Season. “Gulf Coast continues to be an extraordinary resource for our Company,” says Joseph Volpe, Executive Director of The Sarasota Ballet. “Not only for the grants that help us to bring the highest quality of dance to Sarasota, but also for the learning opportunities they provide that enrich our board and staff.”

This grant will support the 2017-2018 Season, which features seven programs, including 13 ballets by some of the most celebrated and prestigious choreographers and composers of the ballet world. “The repertoire of The Sarasota Ballet has been one of the main driving factors for the growth and success the Company has seen over the past 10 years,” explains Webb. “My goal this Season is to once again bring to our audience, and indeed our dancers, an array of works that showcase ballet’s versatility and beauty. In just a single season our audience will see works by such prestigious Choreographers as Sir Frederick Ashton and George Balanchine, while in the same evening witness Choreographers like Marcelo Gomes who are impacting the art form today. This artistic freedom is made possible in part by Gulf Coast Community Foundation and it enhances our Company and this community.”

The 2017-2018 Season opened with Will Tuckett’s The Secret Garden 27-29 October.  Audiences can now look forward to Company premieres of Sir Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, George Balanchine’s Theme and Variationsand Bugaku, David Bintley’s ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café, Paul Taylor’s Airs, and Antony Tudor’s The Leaves are Fading, as well as a World Premiere by Marcelo Gomes, star of American Ballet Theatre. Revivals include Sir Frederick Ashton’s Illuminations and Marguerite and Armand, Ricardo Graziano’s Valsinhas, Matthew Hart’s John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker and Robert North’s Troy Game.

Program 2 – Metropolitan
1 – 2 December 2017
Sarasota Opera House
Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton
Music by Sir Benjamin Britten
World Premiere
Choreography by Marcelo Gomes
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Theme and Variations (Company premiere)
Choreography by George Balanchine
Music by Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky

Program 3 – John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker
15 – 16 December 2017
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Choreography by Matthew Hart
Design by Peter Docherty
Music by Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky

Program 4 – Moving Identities
26 – 29 January 2018
FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Airs (Company premiere)
Choreography by Paul Taylor
Music by George Frideric Handel
Choreography by Ricardo Graziano
Music by Franz Schubert
Troy Game
Choreography by Robert North
Music by Bob Downes

Program 5 – The Sarasota Ballet Presents
23 – 25 February 2018
FSU Center for the Performing Arts
Ballet Hispánico

Program 6 – Dreams of Nature
2 – 3 March 2018
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
The Dream (Company premiere)
Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton
Music by Felix Mendelssohn
‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café (Company premiere)
Choreography by David Bintley
Music by Simon Jeffes
Program 7 – Great Masters of Dance
27 – 28 April 2018
Sarasota Opera House
The Leaves are Fading (Company premiere)
Choreography by Antony Tudor
Music by Antonín Dvořák
Bugaku (Company premiere)
Choreography by George Balanchine
Music by Toshiro Mayuzumi
Marguerite and Armand
Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton
Music by Franz Liszt

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