New Film Series and Panel Discussions Enhance The Sarasota Ballet’s 2013-2014 Season

October 8, 2013

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New Film Series and Panel Discussions Enhance The Sarasota Ballet’s 2013-2014 Season

Members of The Sarasota Ballet Company will discuss past performances with patrons

Logan Learned and Sara Sardelli in Tarantella

Logan Learned and Sara Sardelli in Tarantella

In an effort to give audiences an enhanced experience and greater access to its dancers, The Sarasota Ballet has added a new film series to this season’s line-up.  The new program features a film of a past ballet performed by the Company, followed by a panel discussion with various Company members involved in the production, each providing their own perspective and behind-the-scenes stories.  Hosted at The FSU Center for the Performing Arts, four different films will be shown during the season.  Each film is selected based on votes by the public.

“I wanted to give the community a chance to talk with our dancers on a more intimate level,” said Iain Webb, Director of The Sarasota Ballet. “These discussions will give ballet supporters the opportunity to hear personal stories from Company members.”

The first film – George Balanchine’s Tarantella – will be viewed on Oct. 16 at 6:00 p.m. Principal Logan Learned and past Principal Sara Sardelli will be discussing the performance and sharing insights about their on- and off-stage experiences.  Balanchine’s piece was an audience favourite when performed during the Company’s 20th Anniversary Gala in March 2011. 

Tarantella was such a great production to be a part of and I’m thrilled to share my favourite parts of this performance,” said Learned.

While only nine tickets remain for the first film of the series, tickets are still available for the other three films:

  • Film Two:  Dec. 04, 2013, 6 p.m.
    • Will be selected from George Balanchine’s Diamonds and Prodigal Son along with Ricardo Graziano’s Valsinhas.
    • Commentary for this event will be from Principals Danielle Brown and Ricardo Graziano.


  • Film Three:  Feb. 12, 6 p.m.
    • Will be selected from Ashton’s Symphonic Variations, Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room and Will Tuckett’s Changing Light.
    • Principals Ricardo Rhodes and Victoria Hulland will offer their personal comments.


  • Film Four:  April 09, 6 p.m.
    • Will be selected from Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal Gardee, Flemming Flindt’s The Lesson, and Theatre of Dreams from the Companies 2012-13 season.
    • Principal Kate Honea and Soloist Ricki Bertoni will discuss their experiences.

Voting on the various film selections will begin a month before each viewing.  To vote, the public can go to The Sarasota Ballet’s Facebook page.

“Access to our dancers has been limited in the past,” said Webb. “Moving forward, I want ballet enthusiasts to feel connected to our Company and have opportunities to connect with the dancers. This film series is the start of that effort.”

For more information about the new series or to purchase tickets contact the box office at 941-359-0099 x101.

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, the Company’s expanded repertoire includes 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.  For more information, please visit Sarasota Ballet’s website or call (941) 359-0099

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