Here's your post-Thanksgiving dessert treat: The Sarasota Ballet has released the lineup for its four-day tribute to Sir Frederick Ashton in May and it's a doozy.
From April 30 through May 3, the company will present 10 of the renowned British choreographer's ballets, with a triple bill on the first three nights of the festival and some shorter works on the final night, where a gala dinner will follow the evening program. In addition, there will be daily lectures and films (to be announced) to supplement the all-Ashton menu.
Lectures (at noon) and films (at 3 p.m.) will be presented in the Historic Asolo Theatre, while performances will take place nightly (8 p.m. April30-May2; 6 p.m. on May 3) at the Sarasota Opera House. Ballets to be performed include: Birthday Offering, Illuminations, Facade, Les Rendezvous, Symphonic Variations, Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, Monotones I and II, Sinfonietta and Les Patineurs, as well as a selection of Divertissements.
The lectures will feature ballet leaders and Ashton experts such as Antoinette Sibley, Anthony Dowell, David Vaughan, Wendy Ellis Somes and, of course the company's own Margaret Barbieri and Iain Webb, who both worked with Ashton while at the Royal Ballet. New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay is also scheduled to speak.
Subscriptions for the full festival are now available, but prices have yet to be posted online. Single tickets will be released Jan. 6. According to Box Office Manager Mike Marraccini, reservations have already been taken from a number of European patrons who plan to attend.
To order tickets or a subscription to the Ashton Festival, call the box office at 359-0099, ext. 101.
SIR FREDERICK ASHTON FESTIVAL, Sarasota Ballet. April 30-May 3. Subscriptions available; single tickets go on sale Jan. 6. 359-0099, ext. 101; www.sarasotaballet.org.