Florida’s Sarasota Ballet will help The Suzanne Farrell Ballet celebrate its 10th anniversary this fall when dancer from both companies take to the stage in George Balanchine’s Diamonds at the Eisenhower Theater of The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet will present two all-Balanchine programs, both featuring Diamonds, from October 12-16 at The Kennedy Center. Diamonds, one of Balanchine’s most famous ballets, features music by Tchaikovsky and was created for Suzanne Farrell in 1967. The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will accompany all performances under the baton of Emil de Cou.
“This is quite an honor for our dancers and the entire community,” says Sarasota Ballet director Iain Webb. “I believe this marks the first time one of Sarasota’s leading arts organizations has been invited to perform at such a prestigious venue and we are honored to be collaborating so closely with one of the nation’s fastest growing ballet companies.”
Farrell said she has been watching Sarasota Ballet closely in the past few seasons and has been very impressed with the consistent quality of performances. Farrell and her dancers will travel to Sarasota in early September for a week of rehearsals. The Sarasota Ballet dancers will then arrive in Washington for rehearsals prior to the October 12 opening night.
For ticket information, visit www.kennedy-center.org.