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Sarasota Ballet have announced a true 'Heritage' programme for their upcoming Autumn digital season and for which you can buy tickets to watch.  I have a feeling that many hereabouts may want to do so as it features some true Ashton gems that we don't oft get to see hereabouts nowadays. 

 

PURITY IN MOTION (Program 1)

23 – 25 October 2020
FSU Center for the Performing Arts

George Balanchine's Donizetti Variations
Ricardo Graziano's Amorosa
Paul Taylor's Company B

BEYOND EXPRESSION (Program 2)

20 – 21 November 2020
Sarasota Opera House

Sir Frederick Ashton's Birthday Offering
Sir Frederick Ashton's Dante Sonata
Sir David Bintley's The Spider's Feast

ROMEO & JULIET (Program 3)
18 – 19 December 2020
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Sir Frederick Ashton's Romeo & Juliet
Composed by Sergei Prokofiev

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59 minutes ago, Bruce Wall said:

Sarasota Ballet have announced a true 'Heritage' programme for their upcoming Autumn digital season and for which you can buy tickets to watch.  I have a feeling that many hereabouts may want to do so as it features some true Ashton gems that we don't oft get to see hereabouts nowadays. 

 

 

The situation is admittedly worse here in the US but the e-mail also states they don't expect the dancers back until January.  

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49 minutes ago, alison said:

So, is this a prerecorded "digital season", or what?

 

It sounds like new material....from the e-mail

 

"While we’re still finalizing the exact programming elements, this newly created  (emphasis mine) Digital Fall Season is something we’re all excited about,” explains Iain Webb, Director of The Sarasota Ballet. “Our aim is to continue to bring breathtaking works to the stage and ensure that we’re keeping the safety of our dancers in mind. Therefore, as we start this new project, we will focus on ballets and works that have smaller casts in order to limit the number of dancers rehearsing together. Additionally, we are continuing to investigate other innovative performance experiences for audience members and patrons of The Sarasota Ballet.”

The Digital Fall Season will emulate as close as possible the traditional experience audience members expect from The Sarasota Ballet. Additionally, the streamed performances will include extra features to bring audience members behind the scenes with special guest interviews and rehearsal clips, and a look into the process of a world premiere. The three programs will be released to ticket holders at approximately the same dates that the three in-theater programs were scheduled to open. The ballets will be filmed with multiple cameras to ensure audiences can see every aspect of the performance. These programs will then be emailed to ticket holders, who can watch the performance at their leisure over a period of time."

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Does anyone know when the tickets for the streamed Sarasota programme will go on sale or about how much they will cost? Sounds a great programme with some really different items in there. 

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2 minutes ago, jmhopton said:

Does anyone know when the tickets for the streamed Sarasota programme will go on sale or about how much they will cost? Sounds a great programme with some really different items in there. 

 

No specific date in the e-mail. "Full programming details for the October, November, and December programs will be announced in the future."

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12 minutes ago, oncnp said:

 

No specific date in the e-mail. "Full programming details for the October, November, and December programs will be announced in the future."

 

Thanks oncnp. I'll just have to be patient. It's not as if they're going to sell out!

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will be interesting to see if it is streamed via You Tube or what. The recent Met recitals were similar to the ROH paid concerts that caused problems. Hope my technology doesn't stop me seeing these.

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List of works performed, for those who haven't caught it yet:

 

-Meditation from Thaïs - first performed by Dame Antoinette Sibley and Sir Anthony Dowell 21 March 1971, to music by Jules Massenet
-Monotones II - first performed by The Royal Ballet 24 March 1965, to music by Erik Satie orchestrated by Claude Debussy and Alexis Roland-Manuel
-Façade, Extracts - first performed by the Camargo Society 26 April 1931, set to William Walton's score originally created as a setting for the poetry of Edith Sitwell
-Romeo & Juliet, Balcony pas de deux - first performed by Royal Danish Ballet 19 May 1955, to music by Serge Prokofiev
-La chatte métamorphosée en femme - first performed by Merle Park 31 March 1985, to music by Jacques Offenbach arranged by Philip Gammon
-The Sleeping Beauty, Vision Solo - first performed by Sadler's Wells Ballet 20 February 1946, to music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
-Les Patineurs, Extracts - first performed by Vic-Wells Ballet 16 February 1937, to music by Giacomo Meyerbeer arranged by Constant Lambert

 

I'm trying to re-locate the page which has details of the extras, including the coaching by Anthony Dowell, but can't find it at the moment :(

 

EDIT: Ah, that's why: the links to the other pages are in the confirmation email.  Suffice it to say that your money also gets you access to the extra content (over an hour of additional footage, including Dowell) and to digital copies of both the programme book for this programme and the (far larger) 30th anniversary programme book.

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Thanks, Alison.  I very much enjoyed the programme and look forward to the other two presentations in the subscription series.  I was perhaps a little surprised that there wasn't more comment here about this specific programme - given the Board's dedicated interest in Ashton.  

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Digital Program 2 - 20-24 November 2020

Featuring performances and excerpts of George Balanchine's:

Tarantella - first performed by New York City Ballet 7 January 1964, to music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk reorchestrated by Hershy Kay

The Four Temperaments, Extracts - first performed by Ballet Society 20 November 1946, to music by Paul Hindemith

Donizetti Variations, pas de deux - first performed by New York City Ballet 16 November 1960, to music by Gaetano Donizetti from the opera Don Sebastien

Western Symphony, 2nd Movement (Adagio) - first performed by New York City Ballet 7 September 1954, to an assortment of American folk songs arranged by Hershy Kay

Who Cares?, Extracts - first performed by New York City Ballet 7 February 1970, to music by George Gershwin

Additional content includes rehearsal footage and more to be announced.

Tickets for Digital Program 2 will be on sale until Tuesday, 24 November, at 2:00 PM EST. Upon becoming available to watch, Digital Program 2 can be watched as many times as you would like, until Tuesday, 24 November, at 11:59 PM EST, at which point the Program will no longer be viewable.

https://cart.sarasotaballet.org/digitalprogram2/4850?&promoApplied=true

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Some details of Digital Programme 3 are now available: https://www.sarasotaballet.org/digital-fall-season-2020

 

Digital Program 3 (from December 18 to December 22)

Featuring performances and excerpts of works including:

·                            Christopher Wheeldon's The American

·                            Sir Matthew Bourne's The Infernal Galop, Merman Solo

·                            Sir Peter Wright's The Mirror Walkers

·                            Sir Peter Wright's Summertide

·                            Dominic Walsh's Clair de Lune

·                            Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Concerto

·                            Ricardo Graziano's Amorosa, pas de deux

Additional one-act ballet and extra content to be announced

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