- for one ticket to Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardée (up to $75– value)
- When: Friday, December 19, at 7:30 p.m., or Saturday, December 20, at 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
- Seating: second orchestra
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Full offer value includes ticketing fees
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La Fille Mal Gardée
Practicality has its place, but the heart wants what it wants. Such is the case in the charming ballet La Fille Mal Gardée, roughly translated as “The Poorly Guarded Girl.” The girl in question is Lise, who loves the dashing Colas—although her mother Mme. Simone would prefer that she turn her attention to the dimwitted, but wealthy, Alain. What follows is a series of secret rendezvous, comedic near-misses, and acrobatic attempts to wriggle out of curfew. And although the delightfully frothy ballet was first performed in the late 18th century, its sweet story and memorable characters make it one of the most popular works in the modern repertoire.
The Sarasota Ballet
George Balanchine’s Jewels performed by the Sarasota Ballet is segemented into three parts, presents a miniature history of classical dance with references to ballet’s French origins, Russia’s imperial style, the new age of Jazz in America, and Balanchine’s own take on the art form. Founded in 1990, the Sarasota Ballet is still relatively young—but then, ballet is an art form designed for young prodigies. In under three decades, the company led by acclaimed director Iain Webb has cemented its reputation as both a reliable source of ballet standards and an innovative troupe unafraid to break genre conventions. Besides commissioning brand new pieces to stage, the company is known for integrating child-friendly elements into their performances, from puppets to multiplication tables. They've earned high praise from such sources as the New York Times, who found "glittering virtuoso ballerinas" and plenty of "charm, wit, humanity, affection, [and] love of dance itself" on display.