The second program of The Sarasota Ballet’s 2019–2020 Season, Symphonic Tales, is this weekend!

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Opening this weekend at the Sarasota Opera House!

The second program of The Sarasota Ballet’s 2019–2020 Season, Symphonic Tales, showcases the choreographic variety featured in the company’s repertoire and brings a vivacious company premiere by George Balanchine to stage. George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations leads the three-ballet program with regal splendor reminiscent of the tradition of the Russian Imperial Ballet – a deep musicality and complexity driven by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in G major, Opus 55, yet with a refined elegance augmented by Peter Farmer’s resplendent designs and dazzling ivory costumes. The second ballet marks a dramatic shift in tone; Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Las Hermanas serves as an adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s theatrical masterpiece, The House of Bernarda Alba. A demonstration of repression and tyranny set in a decadent pre-Spanish Civil War provincial Spain, the narrative of a widowed, controlling mother forcing the fates of her daughters when approached by a male suitor and the resulting mismatch of infatuations is destined for grim consequences. Frank Martin supplies the music for this tale of sensuality and rebellion. After this darker middle act, the program closes on a much more upbeat note with the Company Premiere of George Balanchine’s lively rustic spectacle, Western Symphony. In contrast with Theme and Variations, Western Symphony is Balanchine’s love letter to Americana – cowboys and dance hall girls rejoice along an Old West street, performing a fusion of traditional ballet techniques and American folk gestures and formations. A rollicking yet technically impressive piece, Western Symphony closes the program with Balanchine’s trademark charm and whimsy.

The Sarasota Orchestra will accompany this performance, conducted by American Ballet Theatre Music Director Ormsby Wilkins.

Marcelo Gomes will join The Sarasota Ballet as a Guest Artist for this Program.

Guidance - Las Hermanas features mature themes that may not be suitable for some audience members; for more information, please contact the Box Office at 941.359.0099 or, for more specific details involving some spoilers, please click here.

“[Theme and Variations] is a masterpiece” - The Guardian

“[Las Hermanas] a highly sophisticated performance, beautifully danced and powerfully acted” - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Choreography by George Balanchine
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography by Sir Kenneth MacMillan
Music by Frank Martin

WESTERN SYMPHONY (Company Premiere)
Choreography by George Balanchine
Music - American folk tunes arranged by Hershy Kay

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