The Sarasota Ballet to Host the 2014 Sir Frederick Ashton Festival

November 28, 2013

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The Sarasota Ballet to Host the 2014 Sir Frederick Ashton Festival

The four-day festival will honor the life and works of the acclaimed British choreographer and feature 10 Ashton ballets

 

The Sarasota Ballet formally announced today that they will host a four-day festival, April 30 through May 3, which will honor the life and works of the British choreographer, Sir Frederick Ashton. With events located throughout Sarasota, Florida, the 2014 Sir Frederick Ashton Festival will feature 10 of the renowned choreographer’s ballets, as well as several films and lectures that highlight Ashton’s contributions to modern-day dance.

 

As a Company known for presenting more Ashton ballets than any other American ballet company – 10 since 2007 when Director Iain Webb was appointed as Executive Director at The Sarasota Ballet – the Festival is very much Webb’s vision.

 

“Having worked so closely with Ashton during my time at The Royal Ballet, I feel it’s my duty to help preserve his great works,” said Webb.

The Festival’s ballets will be performed within four programs hosted at The Sarasota Opera House.  These ballets include Ashton’s Birthday Offering, Illuminations, Façade, Les Rendezvous, Symphonic Variations, Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, Monotones I & II and Sinfonietta.  The closing gala performance on May 3, will include additional divertissements from Ashton’s repertoire as well as Les Patineurs, which received rave reviews last year when the Company performed it in Ballet Across America III at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.

 

In addition to the evening ballet performances, every afternoon will feature a film about Ashton and his works and a lecture/discussion panel, hosted at the Historic Asolo Theatre.  The lectures will feature ballet leaders and experts such as Antoinette Sibley, Anthony Dowell, David Vaughan, Margaret Barbieri, Wendy Ellis Somes and Alastair Macaulay.

 

“This festival will bring together rare and beautiful ballets, showcasing the works of one of the best choreographers to have ever lived,” said Webb. “It’s going to be a historic event.”

 

Festival subscriptions are available now. Single tickets will be available on January. 6.

For more information about the Festival or to purchase tickets, please visit the website.

 

The 2014 Sir Frederick Ashton Festival Schedule

 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

  • Lecture, Historic Asolo Theatre, 12:00 p.m.
  • Film, Historic Asolo Theatre, 3:00 p.m.
  • Program 1 – Sarasota Opera House, 8:00 p.m.

o   Birthday Offering, Illuminations, Façade

 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

  • Lecture, Historic Asolo Theatre, 12:00 p.m.
  • Film, Historic Asolo Theatre, 3:00 p.m.
  • Program 2 – Sarasota Opera House, 8:00 p.m.

o   Les Rendezvous, Symphonic Variations, Façade

 

Friday, May 2, 2014

  • Lecture, Historic Asolo Theatre, 12:00 p.m.
  • Film, Historic Asolo Theatre, 3:00 p.m.
  • Program 3 – Sarasota Opera House, 8:00 p.m.

o   Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, Monotones I & II, Sinfonietta

 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

  • Lecture, Historic Asolo Theatre, 12:00 p.m.
  • Film, Historic Asolo Theatre, 3:00 p.m.
  • Program 4 – Sarasota Opera House, 6:00 p.m.

o   Les Patineurs and a selection of Divertissements

  • Festival Gala, immediately following the end of Program 4

 

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.

 

About The Ashton Festival

The 2014 Ashton Festival is being staged by The Sarasota Ballet to honor the life and works of the Royal Ballet’s founding choreographer, Sir Frederick Ashton (1909-1988). As one of ballet’s most notable choreographers, Ashton has been a leading influence for The Sarasota Ballet’s repertoire since 2007, with the Company presenting more Ashton ballets each season than any other American Company.

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One Response to “The Sarasota Ballet to Host the 2014 Sir Frederick Ashton Festival”

  1. Iain Webb Says:

    Dear Ballet News

    Thank you for posting the above information about The Sarasota Ballet’s Ashton Festival.

    At this moment of time, the list of names stated to participate in the lectures / discussion panel is a dream list! However,
    I am in discussion with some of the names mentioned, but this part of the Festival has yet to be finalized.
    I will update you soon.

    Many apologies to all

    Sincerely

    Iain Webb – Director