The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory of Dance Presents Its Fall Concert October 29th
The performance kicks-off the 2013-14 seasons for The Sarasota Ballet’s Conservatory students
The students of The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory of Dance, The Sarasota Ballet’s elite classical ballet program, are preparing for their first performance of the 2013-14 season. With three unique programs scheduled throughout the season, students will have the opportunity to showcase their evolving technique and artistry to the Sarasota community.
Hosted at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m., the fall concert features a demonstration of the Conservatory’s vigorous ballet classes. With all 24 students on stage, audiences will be shown a brief example of the day-to-day work required of the aspiring dancers.
“Normally audiences only see the final product, but that’s a small part of the story,” said Dex Honea, education director for The Sarasota Ballet. “There is so much work that goes into the classes and rehearsals and this short performance will allow patrons to see something they customarily wouldn’t.”
Following the group performance will be an excerpt from Joseph Mazilier’s Paquita. Noted by Pointe Magazine as being “some of ballet’s most celebrated examples of 19th-century classicism-and some of its most difficult,” Paquita will be performed by the Conservatory’s upper level students.
After Paquita, the students will perform Feir de Castro by Ricardo Graziano, a principal for The Sarasota Ballet. Created last year by Graziano specifically for the students of the Conservatory, this contemporary ballet will be noticeably different from Mazilier’s classical excerpt.
The fall concert is free to the public, but a $10 donation is recommended to help support the growing pre-professional program.
In addition to the fall concert, the Conservatory will also perform a winter concert in December, Holiday Variations, and a spring concert in May. Both performances will be open to the public and will highlight the students as they continuously advance.
“We’ve created three separate programs, spanning from October to May, in order to really showcase the growth of our students,” said Margaret Barbieri, assistant director for The Sarasota Ballet. “The development that happens over the course of the year truly is remarkable and we wanted the community to witness the transformation.”
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. Receiving national and international recognition for their diverse repertoire of rarely performed ballets, The Sarasota Ballet was recently noted by Sarah Kaufman, a dance critic for The Washington Post to be “…the jewel of this year’s ‘Ballet Across America,’” a 2013 showcase of the best ballet companies from across the nation at the Kennedy Center.