Commencing The Sarasota Ballet’s 2020 Winter - Spring Season, Redefined Movement (Program 4), opens January 31 at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts with a triple bill that includes Sir Frederick Ashton’s Les Rendezvous, the compa-
ny premiere of Paul Taylor’s
Brandenburgs, and Dominic Walsh’s I Napoletani. Choreographed in 1933, Les Rendezvous is a seminal work in the Ashton canon and played an important role in demonstrating that British ballet could be just as resplendent and magnificent as its Russian counterpart. The ballet is full of the exquisite choreographic nuances that have come to define and distinguish Ashton as one of the greatest choreographers of the twentieth century.

Choreographed in 1988 to the renowned Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach, Branden- burgs is a shining example of Paul Taylor’s unique and exemplary choreography. With Paul Taylor’s passing in 29 August 2018, the last of the great pioneers of American modern dance has gone. The Sarasota Ballet pays tribute to this legend of dance through both the company premiere of Taylor’s Brandenburgs and the February 2020 presentation of the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

Closing the program is Dominic Walsh’s I Napoletani, first created for Dominic Walsh Dance Theater in 2007. A lighthearted ballet, the piece is set to Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Neapoli- tan popular music from the late 1800s. With I Napoletani, Walsh brings the charm and culture of Naples, Italy to stage in a rousing celebration of hearty food and fiery hearts.