The Sarasota Ballet’s Season continues with Program 6, opening 8 March at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and accompanied by a full orchestra. This program sees the much anticipated Company Premiere of Sir Frederick Ashton’s Apparitions. Originally planned for the 2016 – 2017 Season, the premiere of Apparitions was delayed in order for greater care and time to be taken with the restoration and recreation of Cecil Beaton’s stunning sets and costumes. Choreographed in 1936, Apparitions helped to strengthen Ashton’s claim to be taken seriously in his early choreographic years and helped define his future relationship with his muse, Dame Margot Fonteyn. It also cemented his presence as a choreographer in view of the scale and complexity of the ballet, a feat more ambitious than anything he had attempted so far. Not seen since its 1987 performance in London, Apparitions opens and closes in the poet’s study, before he enters a ballroom moving through the eloquently disposed dancers in an opiate-inspired trance, futilely pursuing the unattainable L’Amour Supreme. The ensuing scene becomes a macabre nightmare before the poet kills himself in despair and is borne away in a cortege led by the girl of his morbid dreams. Celebrating Director Iain Webb’s newly acquired American Citizenship, The Sarasota Ballet revives George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, his vibrant and patriotic tribute to the United States of America. This pièce d’occasion evokes Fourth of July parades and was created as a salute to the choreographer’s adoptive country. The work is divided into five campaigns and set to musical marches by American composer John Philip Sousa. A full-company ballet, Stars and Stripes includes baton twirling, military marching and a regiment of rifle-bearing male dancers.
The Sarasota Orchestra will accompany this performance, conducted by American Ballet Theatre Music Director Ormsby Wilkins.
Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton
Music by Franz Liszt
STARS AND STRIPES
Choreography by George Balanchine
Music by John Philip Sousa