He's done it again.
New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay -- the mere mention of whose name causes ire amongst some dance afficionados who bridle at his no-holds-barred reviews -- has come out with yet another article in praise of the Sarasota Ballet and its devotion to the British choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton.
Macaulay recently opened his Sunday piece on "the most extraordinary dance adventure in 2013-2014" with accolades for the local company's resurrection of some of Ashton's works and its plans for a four-day Ashton festival in May. The critic wrote a rave review of the company's performances in "Ballet Across America" at the Kennedy Center in June. "This season," he adds, "the Sarasota troupe goes much further."
"It takes courage and vision to fill a company’s repertory with what you believe in rather than playing it safe; Mr. Webb’s policies show both," Macaulay concludes.
Wonderful for our local company to receive such attention and praise. However, it does set a rather high bar(re) to be grand jete-ed over this season.
Is that a spot of perspiration we see, Mr. Webb?