Monday, June 15, 2009

Sarasota Ballet announces new season

The Sarasota Ballet recently unveiled program highlights for the upcoming season, which will feature the return of several area favorites along with new pieces.

Opening the season Oct. 23, will be the Tony Award-winning musical "Contact." This will be presented as a co-production with Asolo Repertory Theatre.

Next is one of the most beloved ballets of them all, "Giselle," which opens Nov. 27 at the Sarasota Opera House.

For the holiday season, Robert de Warren's "The Nutcracker" will return to the stage for a limited two-day run beginning Dec. 4 at the Sarasota Opera House.

A triple bill program, including a to-be-announced Sir Frederick Ashton ballet will open Jan. 29., 2010. The program also features the U.S. premiere of Matthew Bourne's "Boutique."

Peter Darrell's "Othello" makes its area debut during the troupe's next triple bill program, which opens Feb. 19, 2010. The program includes Matthew Bourne's "Infernal Galop" and a new piece by Dominic Walsh.

April's triple bill, opening April 2 at the Sarasota Opera House, will pay tribute to some of America's best choreographers. John Cranko's "Pineapple Poll" will also be performed.

The season will close, April 23, with another triple bill that includes a new world premiere and the return of last season's successful "The Rake's Progress."

Programming is subject to change. Unless otherwise noted, shows will be presented at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information or to purchase season subscription, call 359-0099 or visit

-January Holmes

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