Will Tuckett Returns to The Sarasota Ballet with Second World Premiere, Lux Aeterna
Lux Aeterna joins Four Temperaments and Sinfonietta for The Sarasota Ballet’s Fourth Program
Situated beautifully between the Company premieres of George Balanchine’s Four Temperaments and Sir Frederick Ashton’s Sinfonietta, The Sarasota Ballet is honored to present the world-premiere of Will Tuckett’s Lux Aeterna in its fourth program of the season. Opening Friday, January 31 at 8 p.m. at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, Program Four Balanchine, Tuckett, Ashton will run until February 3.
Inspired by the fact that 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the World War I, Tuckett created Lux Aeterna as a requiem for the many fallen soldiers of war. Translated to mean eternal light, the five-movement, 27-minute ballet encompasses a large cast and conveys an abstract theme of optimism and hopefulness.
“Dance is typically all about movement but sometimes it is necessary to just slow it down and let it sit. It is captivating when dancers can hold your attention with stillness and athleticism,” said Tuckett. “This piece is designed to draw you into the stage, compared to jumping off the stage to meet you. It is a piece that I hope creates a reflective atmosphere as much as one of enjoyment in the athleticism and beauty of these wonderful dancers.”
Composed by American composer Morten Lauridsen, this piece for choir and orchestra is fashioned on texts from several different Latin sources, including the requiem mass, each containing a reference to light. The ballet’s structure follows the rich melodies, complex textures and close harmonies of the music it is set to.
In addition to Tuckett’s Changing Light, a ballet he successfully premiered last season at The Sarasota Ballet, Lux Aeterna will be the third Tuckett work that The Sarasota Ballet presents to its audiences.
“It’s a true luxury to be working once again with this team, led by Iain Webb,” explained Tuckett. “The dancers are so focused and work so quickly. You can tell they have a great respect for how the Company is managed. The dancers trust Iain, and so in turn they trust me.”
Featuring simple monochromatic costumes and lighting Lux Aeterna is genteel, soft and deep.
“We are beyond thrilled to have Will back with the Company and we are confident audiences will be impressed and enthralled with his new piece,” stated Iain Webb, Director of the Sarasota Ballet.
In addition to Lux Aeterna. The Sarasota Ballet will be the first American ballet company to premiere Sir Frederick Ashton’s Sinfonietta.
First premiering in 1967, and considered by some as “The Forgotten Ballet,” this rare work showcases precise footwork, virtuoso technical choreography, a moving adagio and a spirited and fast third movement. Sinfonietta holds a special spot in the heart of The Sarasota Ballet’s Assistant Director, Margaret Barbieri, having danced in the piece during her time in The Royal Ballet.
“I was in the Corps de Ballet dancer when Sir Fred choreographed Sinfonietta. It was my first opportunity working directly with him and it was an amazing experience that I’ll always treasure,” said Barbieri.
The third ballet of the program will be another Company premiere and one of George Balanchine’s most popular works, Four Temperaments. This ballet visually depicts the ancient Greek theory of Humorism. The focus of human geometry and movement is displayed via solos, couples, quartets and an ending ensemble.
“This ballet is considered one of the great ballets of the 20th century and I’m thrilled that we are bringing it into The Sarasota Ballet repertoire,” said Barbieri.
Due to the high demand for tickets to attend the January/February performances in the past, The Sarasota Ballet has added a sixth performance this year – Monday Feb. 3. This will allow all patrons the opportunity to see this wonderful program.
Performance Schedule and Ticket Information
Balanchine, Tuckett, Ashton
FSU Center for the Performing Arts
5555 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243
Friday, January 31 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 1 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Monday, February 3 at 7 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased online 24 hours a day, seven days a week with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. The box office can be contacted by calling (941) 359-0099 x101