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#1 Birdsall

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 01:57 PM

SARASOTA BALLET — 2013-2014 Season

  • Oct. 25-28: "Theatre of Dreams," choreography by company dancers. FSU Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Nov. 22-23: George Balanchine's "Serenade," Frederick Ashton's "Les Illuminations" and Balanchine's "Who Cares?" Sarasota Opera House. Live music by Sarasota Orchestra.[/color]
  • Dec. 20-21: Matthew Hart's "John Ringling's Circus Nutcracker." Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Live music by Sarasota Orchestra.
  • ]Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2014: Balanchine's "Four Temperaments," Will Tuckett world premiere, Ashton's "Sinfonietta." FSU Center for the Performing Arts.
  • Feb. 28-March 3, 2014: World premiere by Ricardo "Graziano, Ashton's "Monotones I & II," and Agnes DeMille's "Rodeo." FSU CEnter for the Performing Arts.
  • Apr. 4-5, 2014: Ashton's "Birthday Offering," Graziano's "Symphony of Sorrows" and Antony Tudor's "Gala Performance." Sarasota Opera House.
  • April 25-26, 2014: Johan Kobborg, Alina Cojocaru & Friends. Sarasota Opera House.
  • Early May 2014: Ashton Festival, commemorating 25th anniversary of the death of Sir Fredick Ashton. With performances, lectures, gala and other events TBD.


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 02:32 PM

I will try to make it for the Ashton and Tudor's works. Thanks, BB for the heads up!

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 06:29 PM

This is some fascinating programming -- I cannot think of too many companies in the US right now that have this perspective.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 07:43 PM

Illuminations!!! Unbelievably great programming all round....

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 03:49 AM

Iain Webb and Margaret Barbieri (his wife) are probably the main reason for the programming. They are making Sarasota Ballet an Ashton company! It is a small company and only some of the shows are with a live orchestra, but with those two at the helm, I suspect the company will grow.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 03:52 AM

By the way, Webb hopes to do Ashton's "Foyer de la Danse" which he says is a "lost" ballet and only exists on film. He wants to do it during their Ashton Festival in May 2014. I don't know anything about the ballet, but I figured I should post this since many here on this forum might know about it and have interest in that being done!

I am going to their "La Fille Mal Gardee" tonight!

#7 Natalia

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 04:29 AM

Fantastic programs! I'll be a frequent flyer to Sarasota next season. Posted Image

Kudos to this company for going against the 'pop tide' of Alices and Draculas and, instead, programing quality ballet from the 20th C. When was the last time that we saw Gala Performance or Les Illuminations on any bill? Sarasota rocks!

Are there some nice hotels within walking distance of the company's theater?

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 08:15 AM

There are nice hotels (and often very expensive during season) nearby, but I think if you stay on the outskirts of downtown the prices are reasonable. If money is not a problem you will find plenty of places near all three of their performance venues. They perform at the Sarasota Opera House sometimes and sometimes at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts (a very beautiful theatre actually), and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, so PAY ATTENTION to the venue when you purchase tickets!!! All places are fairly close to each other by car though so if you discover you are at the wrong place it isn't too hard to get to the other place within minutes. Sarasota Opera House is owned by the opera company and is downtown so lots of hotels nearby within walking distance (but fairly expensive). Van Wezel is the performing arts center for touring acts, musicals, etc. and there are a couple of hotels right near it but probably expensive also. It is fairly close to downtown also. Just northeast of downtown the FSU Center is the prettiest venue, in my opinion, but it has a tiny stage (but looks like a jewel box horseshoe shaped theatre on the inside), and the hotels near that are sort of a long walk but can be walked, but it is a very, very busy intersection of two main streets. This FSU venue is mainly for plays, but Sarasota Ballet uses all three places. Sort of strange situation, I guess. I think a rental car might be best if you stay near the FSU venue. It is sort of too far to walk to downtown but in a car it is a short drive. The Ringling Museum is right next to the FSU Center. It has beautiful gardens, a mansion, and circus museum as well as art museum. It is worth a visit too.

Downtown Sarasota has experienced a Renaissance of sorts. When I lived in Tampa and first started attending Sarasota Opera for the rare Verdi operas, the downtown was dead and closed up for the evening. The restaurants were "okay," but now there are tons of wonderful restaurants, shops some that stay open at night, etc. It is really a lovely, quaint downtown now by American standards.

I think you can get by without a car once you make your way to the downtown-ish area, but I think most visitors would be happier to have a rental car for freedom of movement. Basically, I suggest a car rental.

#9 Natalia

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 09:54 AM

Many thanks for the great tips, Birdsall. Because of the folks with whom I travel, I'll likely stay close to the theaters...the extra expense is worth it for convenience & not having to rent a car.

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 01:44 PM

I think if the performance is at the Sarasota Opera House you can easily stay nearby and walk. The Sarasota Opera House is smack inside the downtown area. I think you will want to pay attention to how many miles a hotel is from the USF Center or the Van Wezel if the performances are in either of those two places when you go. Van Wezel is somewhat close to downtown but a sort of longish walk on a busy road. And, like I said, the USF Center has hotels close to it but it is a very busy road and not a pleasant walk I don't think. And the good restaurants are going to be downtown which would probably require transportation if the performance is at the USF Center and you stay near the USF Center. However, I do think there are probably restaurants inside the hotels close to the USF Center. So it isn't that bad. I just think the downtown area is going to be the best place to stay visually, for restaurants, walking around. The hotels near the USF Center don't strike me as nice as the downtown ones, but I have never stayed in them. Be warned that probably anything at the USF Center will probably not have an orchestra since it is so small.

Just got back from Ashton's La Fille Mal Gardee by the Sarasota Ballet, and it was charming. They worked hard and did really well. It is a small company, so this was probably a major undertaking for them, and they did well. They used the sets and costumes you see in the dvd available w/Costa and Nunez. Kate Hornea and Ricardo Graziano were the two romantic leads, who kissed very passionately and gave their all to these roles. Logan Learned as Alain was impressive. I have seen him in several things, and he is perfect for this role b/c he specializes in the nerds, creepy guys, etc., but he is a great dancer too and he can do serious dancing too, but I think his small size limits him in casting unfortunately. Rick Bertoni was hilarious as the Widow Simone.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 02:18 PM

I teach at SB and there are no nice hotels near FSU within walking distance. We use FSU a lot since our studios are in the same building.
The company is getting bigger- more dancers than we had last year. the company will be dancing in Washington at the ennedy Center in June.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 02:20 PM

Forgot to add: check out the links on April 19th for a great review of Fille.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 02:42 PM

balletgirl, I thought down the road (University, I think) east of the Ringling there were a couple of decent hotels across from each other, but it is a bit of a trek but you can walk it (at least I thought...maybe it just seemed close b/c I was in a car and saw these hotels as I drove by). However, I do think it is an unpleasant walk due to the traffic and so I do think Natalia would be happier having a car if the performance is at the FSU Center. And I have not stayed at those hotels, so I have no idea how good they are, but they looked large and they were well known names, although I can't remember which hotels they were.

Yes, that review of Fille was great! It was a charming evening! I was glad I drove down for it!

#14 Natalia

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 08:07 AM

I'll pray & hope that the Ashton celebration in May 2014 & that the regular-season perfs with Illuminations and Gala Performance happen in the Sarasota Opera House. If not, I hope that taxis between FSU and downtown hotels are readily available. In all of my years of traveling to over 70 countries on all continents (exceptAntarctica), the only real problem that I've encountered with transport between theaters-hotels was in South Africa (esp. Jo'burg-Pretoria area) where, I believe, the law dictates that all citizens must drive (or else be stuck in suburban limbo). Taxis very, very hard to find. Buses few and far between. Please tell me that the Sarasota Metro area is not the American Pretoria. Posted Image

p.s. - Ah...I see that my two programs of choice (Nov & April) are indeed in the SOH. Yahoo!!! So now I only need to hear that the Ashton Festival will also be at the SOH.

#15 Natalia

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 08:35 AM

Hotel Indigo, the Hyatt Regency & (for those with big bucks) the Ritz Carlton were all recommended to me as being fairly close to the SOH. The Indigo appears to be the closest but is the smallest (95 rooms). All can be booked through the big travel sites.


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