Sarasota Ballet performs de Mille, Ashton

Besides two classic works, the ballet also offers world premiere by Graziano

February 27, 2014 

The Sarasota Ballet will perform DeMille's "Rodeo," the classic 1942 work set to rousing music by Aaron Copland.FRANK ATURA/PUBLICITY PHOTO

For its fifth program of the 2013-14 season, Sarasota Ballet offers one of the most well-known ballets of all time and one that has never been seen before.

The concert, titled simply "Graziano, Ashton, DeMille," is set for five performances this weekend, plus a sixth on Monday, at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts.

The last work on the program is DeMille's "Rodeo," the classic 1942 work set to rousing music by Aaron Copland. It is perhaps the quintessential American ballet.

The first dance on the program is the world premiere of "Before Night Falls," a work by company principal Ricardo Graziano, with music by Icelandic minimalist Olafur Arnalds. Arnalds creates landscapes of ambient electronic sounds, and Graziano's work is a series of three duets.

Sarasota ballet audiences have seen Graziano's choreography before. His work "Symphony of Sorrows" premiered in the 2012 "Theatre of Dreams," the company's annual showcase of works created by its dancers. The ballet will reprise "Symphony of Sorrows" as part of its sixth program this season, schedule for April.

In between the Graziano and the de Mille pieces is Sir Frederick Ashton's "Monotones I & II." The music for the two-part piece is Erik Satie's elegantly beautiful piano works "Gymnopedies."

Details: Feb. 28-March 3 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, 7 p.m. Monday. Tickets: $28.50-$100. Information: 941-351-8000,

-- Marty Clear

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