Every year, one of the most popular programs of the Sarasota Ballet's season is "Theatre of Dreams," the showcase of original choreography from several of the company's dancers. It's not unusual for "Theatre of Dreams" to attract larger audiences than programs that feature works by Balanchine, Ashton or other masters.
Usually, ballet aficionados have to wait until the end of the season to experience "Theatre of Dreams." But for 2013-14, it's the season-opener, slated for Friday through Sunday at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts.
Six dancers have works on the program this year: principals Kate Honea and Logan Learned, coryphee members Jamie Carter, Kelly Yankle and Alex Harrison, and corps de ballet member David Tlaiye.
Besides the excitement of seeing the work of young choreographers who could be the next big stars of the art form, the appeal of "Theatre of Dreams" comes largely from its variety of short pieces. This year's offerings range from Carter's 22-minute classical ballet featuring live music composed by Louis Mander specifically for Carter's use, to Yankle's six-minute contemporary pas de deux.
The Sarasota Orchestra will be on hand to perform the music.
Details: Oct. 25-27, Mertz Theatre at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Show times: 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15-$100. Information: 941-359-0099, ext. 101, www.sarasotaballet.org.
-- Marty Clear