Five dancers from Sarasota Ballet will share a different side of their artistry this weekend.
"Theatre of Dreams" is the popular annual showcase of new works choreographed by Sarasota Ballet dancers. This year's edition boasts five performances May 3-5 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
For the first time, the works will feature live music. Company Director Iain Webb instructed each dancer/choreographer to incorporate on-stage instruments into their dances.
The choreographers chose their own music so the accompaniment ranges from a solo piano to a jazz band.
Choreographers in this year's program are principals Kate Honea, Ricardo Graziano and Logan Learned; soloist Ricki Bertoni; and company member Jamie Carter.
Carter and Honea presented works in "Theatre of Dreams" twice before. This time, Carter will offer "Concordium," a neoclassical piece for 24 dancers set to music by George Rochberg. Honea's work is "Broke & Blues" with 14 dancers performing to music by Claude Bolling.
Graziano's "Symphony of Sorrows" is set to music by Schubert. Bertoni's Fosse-influenced "Rag Top" is accompanied by Scott Joplin tunes, Learned's "Scenes de Ballet" is a dance farce inspired by the moods of ballet rehearsals.
"Theatre of Dreams" has traditionally been the final production of the Sarasota Ballet season. But the company announced that next year it will be season-opener.
Details: May 3-5, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Show times: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $30-$90. Information: 941-359-0099 or sarasotaballet.com.
-- Marty Clear