Decades before choreographing dances to the music of Billy Joel and then Bob Dylan, Twyla Tharp borrowed from Ol' Blue Eyes for "Nine Sinatra Songs," one of her most popular works.
On Friday and Saturday, the Sarasota Ballet will present it as part of three premiers new to the company's repertoire. This triple bill, titled "My Way," also includes George Balanchine's first original ballet, "Serenade," as well as Dominic Walsh's "Bello."
"Nine Sinatra Songs" combines ballroom dancing with songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, presenting an intimate view into each of the seven couples' relationships. With original costumes designed by Oscar de la Renta, "Nine Sinatra Songs" recreates the 1940s while enhancing Tharp's movements.
Répétiteur Shelly Washington, an original cast member of the 1982 "Nine Sinatra Songs" debut, staged the ballet for the Sarasota Ballet dancers.
Details: 8 p.m. April 13, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 14, Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Avenue. Tickets: $25-$85. Information: 941-359-0099 or www.sarasotaballet.org.
-- Wade Tatangelo