Top 10 art events for Sarasota-Manatee: May 20-26
Tharp and Ashton in digital ballet
The Sarasota Ballet brings its the season at the end with a final digital production of two favorite pieces. The program includes Sir Frederick Ashton’s ‘Birthday Offering’, which was created in 1956 to mark the 25th anniversary of the Royal Ballet. The company recently performed it live during its gala program at the Van Wezel. It also includes “Nine Sinatra Songs” by Twyla Tharp, originally premiered in 1982 and premiered in Sarasota in 2012. This is a series of pairings representing love at different ages and stages. of life, on hits by Frank Sinatra such as “Softly as I Leave You”, “Strangers in the Night”, “Somethin ‘Stupid” and “My Way”. This is the seventh digital program presented by the company in this pandemic-hit season, but the Sarasota Ballet is planning a return to a regular schedule of live shows starting in the fall. Digital program 7 will be available from Friday to Tuesday at sarasotaballet.org. Tickets cost $ 35.
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The choreographer builds a dance
Sarasota Contemporary Dance kicks off an expanded In Studio performance series this weekend with a presentation created by ensemble member Zoe Austin, “Nor Cast Before Swine” at 7pm Thursday and Friday. Austin says she started working on the piece in 2014 when she was a student at the New World School of the Arts in Miami and then began expanding it for the 2019 SCD series “Voices”. She developed the characters and the narrative between the dancers and the props used in a dance piece that she says plays on the emotions of the audience. The presentation is built around what she calls “the central piece” of a story set in the present, as she works on past and future elements. It will be shown in person at SCD Studio, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts, Suite 300, and online at 7 p.m. today and Friday. In person tickets are $ 20, virtual tickets are $ 5 to $ 15 or pay what you can. For more information: sarasotacontemporarydance.org/in-studioperformanceseries.
Hermitage presents the Pulitzer winner
Composer, lyricist and playwright Michael R. Jackson caused a sensation two years ago with his musical “A Strange Loop”, about a black queer writer supporting himself with a job he hates by writing a musical about a writer. black queer doing the same. The New York Times called it a “brave, joy-angry musical with infectious melodies.” Jackson won the Pulitzer Prize for the show, and he is now a member of the Hermitage Artist Retreat, which will present a program of music and stories during “Just Sittin ‘Here Lookin’” at 6:30 p.m. Friday on the beach at the Hermitage, 6660 Manasota Key Rd., Englewood. The program is a collaboration between the Hermitage and the Westcoast black theater troupe. In a statement, Jackson said that after months of feeling repressed in creating new music, “now a lot is coming and I maybe need someone to hold my hair back. Registration is $ 5 at hermitageartistretreat.org
Russian ballet school does “ Aladdin ”
Aladdin’s story from “1001 Arabian Nights” gets a new narrative in a production by the Russian Ballet School. It will present a complete ballet with guest international dancers and handmade costumes, choreographed by Vadim Fedotov and featuring a score by Dr David Goldstein of Sarasota. Fedotov follows the classic story while also including characters and storylines that have been developed into other versions of the story, including the evil Jafar, the beautiful Princess Jasmine, and the Magic Carpet. The production will premiere at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota. Production follows CDC health guidelines for admission. Tickets cost between $ 30 and $ 60 and are available at tickets.sarasotaopera.org/5364
Sarasota Opera Comedy and Drama
This week marks your last chance to taste the Sarasota Opera Spring Season. The company presented two works in one act live to a limited audience, and also videotaped the performances. They are available for home streaming. Both productions – Rossini’s comic strip “Il signor Bruschino” (directed by artistic director Victor DeRenzi and directed by Stephanie Sundine) and the history of Henry Purcell “Dido and Aeneas” (directed by Jesse Martins and directed by Martha Collins) can be viewed from home through May 26. Tickets cost $ 25 for each performance: 941-328-1300; tickets.sarasotaopera.org/events
Monet and Lichtenstein at Selby
Art and nature combine again in the colorful new exhibit at Selby Botanic Gardens, “Roy Lichtenstein: Monet’s Garden goes pop.” Running through June 27, it features Lichtenstein’s takes on Claude Monet’s garden paintings, and the two artists are pictured around Selby with a variety of outdoor and plant displays in the conservatory. . Previous artists featured in the Jean and Alfred Goldstein series of exhibitions, which began in 2015, include Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Andy Warhol and Paul Gauguin. Selby is at 1534 Mound St., Sarasota. For more information: 941-366-5731; selby.org. Read Marty Fugate’s review.
FST cabaret closing weekend
This weekend marks your last chance to experience the Florida Studio Theater’s return to live entertainment with the two cabaret shows that ultimately brought audiences back to the Gompertz and Keating Theaters. Places are limited for social distancing for both Carole J. Bufford “Vintage POP!” and the theater’s original cabaret show “Three pianos.” Both have been extended several times, but they are due to close on Sunday to make way for the theater’s lineup of summer productions on the main and cabaret stage. Bufford sings songs that capture the hits of most of the 20th century. In “Three Pianos”, Nygel Robinson, Madlyn McHugh and Michael Maricondi pay homage to pianists-singer-songwriters like Elton John, Billy Joel, Carole King and Sara Bareilles. For tickets: 941-366-9000; floridastudiotheatre.org
The best of Ringling College shows
Each year, Ringling College highlights the exceptional work produced by its students as part of the Best of Ringling Showcase and the annual Senior Thesis Exhibition. Due to the pandemic, they are again available for viewing online this year. The Best of Ringling show features work in all disciplines, from computer animation to fine art. It can be viewed on ringling.edu. The senior thesis exhibit can be viewed at ringlingthesis.com. It includes virtual wall exhibitions and unique computer animation and film projections. For more details, contact [email protected].
Last chance for the WBTT ‘Pipeline’
Another last chance is the streaming version of Dominique Morisseau’s penetrating play “Pipeline,” performed and presented by the Westcoast Black Theater Troupe, available until Sunday. The story of a downtown teacher trying to help her son when he is in trouble at an elite boarding school was filmed inside the theater like a play. If you are looking for something live and musical, you can join the outdoor audience sitting in two-person pods for the animated review. “Sistas in the name of the soul” with Ariel Blue, Delores McKenzie, Syreeta Shontee and Stephanie Zandra. They perform hits from Freda Payne, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross and dozens of others. Performances continue through June 6 in the WBTT parking lot, 1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota. For tickets for both productions: 941-366-1505; westcoastblacktheatre.org
Explore a tragedy
In addition to its regular and limited edition exhibitions around the art museum, The Ringling is organizing a screening of the film “Blood is at the Doorstep”. The 2017 documentary is about Dontre Hamilton, who was shot 14 times by a Milwaukee cop, an act that leads his family to seek answers, justice and reform. Erik Ljung’s film was shot within three years of Hamilton’s death. The screening will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and tickets are $ 15, $ 13.50 for members and $ 10 for students. It will be followed by a conversation with Maria Hamilton and others, moderated by Queen Zabriskie. The conversation will also be available virtually (but not the movie). For more information on tickets: ringling.org
Jay Handelman, editor and theater critic, has been editor and writer at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune since 1984. Learn more about his art and entertainment stories. And please support local journalism by subscribing to the Herald-Tribune.