"Balanchine, Ashton & Tudor"

Sarasota Opera House

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In a Nutshell

The Sarasota Ballet performs three works by masters of their craft, including Apollo, Sinfonietta, and Gala Performance

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The Deal

  • $45 for one ticket for seating in the orchestra or balcony (up to $92 value)

Balanchine, Ashton & Tudor

  • Balanchine—Apollo: Choreographed in 1928, this piece is regarded as the dance legend’s artistic coming-of-age. The work centers on the titular Greek god as he’s visited by three muses: poetry, mime, and dance.
  • Ashton—Sinfonietta: In this difficult abstract ballet, expect to see a ballerina lifted off the stage and plunged downward, supported and unsupported pirouettes, and revolutionary same-sex partnering that was years ahead of its time upon debut.
  • Tudor—Gala Performance: The New York Times called Tudor’s Gala Performance “corrosive satire on warring styles in ballet.” Those styles? Russian, French, and Italian, each in this work meant to cow a humble ballet company.

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.

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