José Carreño Announces that Sarasota’s Carreño Dance Festival will not be Cancelled
José Carreño and Ballet San Jose, along with Director Iain Webb of The Sarasota Ballet, revitalize the Carreño Dance Festival into a program for pre-professional dancers
SARASOTA, Fla. – January 4, 2014 – The Sarasota Ballet, in conjunction with Ballet San Jose, announced today they are relaunching the Sarasota Carreño Dance Festival. In an effort to build upon the three-year-old summer intensive program that drew national and international young dance students, the two companies and their renowned directors will now manage and direct the three-week workshop and ending gala performance.
Renamed as the Carreño-Barbieri Festival for Pre-Professionals, this exciting re-imagined program will give young dancers first-hand training in the Cuban and British styles, and offer the rare opportunity to audition for coveted positions in both The Sarasota Ballet and Ballet San Jose. Hosted at the Sarasota Opera House from August 4 through August 23, courses will be taught by José Carreño, Margaret Barbieri, Iain Webb and an array of guest instructors such as Loipa Araujo–a ballet mistress at English National Ballet in London.
Carreño, one of the original founders of the Carreño Dance Festival, was a principal dancer at both American Ballet Theatre and The Royal Ballet in London. As of last summer, he is now the Artistic Director of Ballet San Jose.
“The city of Sarasota is close to my heart. I’m thrilled to help this program reach its full potential. Collaborating with The Sarasota Ballet and working directly with Iain Webb has been a long time dream of mine,” said Carreño.
Webb and Barbieri share in Carreño’s enthusiasm for the partnership. Having both danced for The Royal Ballet as well, they now lead the charge at The Sarasota Ballet, Webb as Director and Barbieri as Assistant Director.
“I have always had the utmost respect for Jose as a dancer and as a person. When he contacted me a few months ago about our companies working together, I saw it as a great opportunity for our organizations to work one-on-one with the young dancers who have the potential to become a part of one of our organizations,” said Webb.
The dancers who participate in summer intensive will attend classes in the following areas: Ballet Technique for males & females, pointe-variations, repertory-partnering, contemporary, professional artistry enhancement and much more.
For those interested in auditioning for the 2014 Carreño-Barbieri Festival for Pre-Professionals call (941) 225-6515.
About The Sarasota Ballet
Since 1990 The Sarasota Ballet, the Gulf Coast of Florida’s only professional ballet company, has been enriching lives, captivating emotions and strengthening the community through the art of dance. Under the leadership of Director Iain Webb since 2007, the Company’s expanded repertoire includes 99 ballet and divertissements made up of works by world-renowned choreographers such as Sir Frederick Ashton, Dame Ninette de Valois, Twyla Tharp, Antony Tudor, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, John Cranko, Hans van Manen, Andre Prokovsky, Dominic Walsh, Christopher Wheeldon and Matthew Bourne.
About Ballet San Jose
Known for bold and inventive programming that matches the creativity and innovation of its Silicon Valley home, Ballet San Jose is the second largest professional ballet company in California. In 2013 the Company named former American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer José Manuel Carreño Artistic Director and former Ballet San Jose Principal Ballet Master Raymond Rodriguez Associate Artistic Director.
The critically-acclaimed company produces an annual season of mixed-repertory programs and full-length ballets, including The Nutcracker, at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Through its strategic relationship with American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Ballet San Jose has achieved new and rapid artistic growth with access to productions from ABT’s extensive repertory, association with its network of renowned choreographers, directors, and artists as well as to ABT’s renowned National Training Curriculum for ballet faculty and students – making Ballet San Jose’s school the exclusive ABT-certified institution on the West Coast.
Ballet San Jose produces professional performances of the highest artistic standard, which enhance to the cultural life of the community, and are accessible to the broadest possible audience. Ballet San Jose is committed to providing interactive arts education for children, youth, and adults through its ballet school and outreach programs, focusing on both professional training and on general community enrichment.
Ballet San Jose began in 1986 as a co-venture relationship with Cleveland Ballet, under the leadership of Artistic Director Dennis Nahat. The San Jose Cleveland Ballet spanned the two cities for nearly 15 years before Ballet San Jose was re-established in 2000 as an independent resident company in San Jose.