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 Post subject: Sarasota Ballet Premieres Mozart Trilogy Apr 24-26
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Sarasota Ballet and Dominic Walsh Dance Theater Perform Together in World
Premiere of The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart April 24-26, 2009 at the
FSU Center

[Sarasota, FL – April 12, 2009] Sarasota Ballet Director
Iain Webb and choreographer Dominc Walsh continue their collaborative
efforts with the world premiere of The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in
five performances, April 24-26, 2009 at the FSU Center for Performing Arts
(5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota).

“To end what has been an incredible season, this last program is ground
breaking and thrilling two world premieres and two firsts for the
company,” says Webb.

This program will mark the premiere of the third movement Mozart as well as
the Trilogy in its entirety. This is also the first time that the dancers
of both the Sarasota Ballet and the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater will dance
together and then will be traveling to Houston for Sarasota Ballet’s first
out of state tour.

During the 2008-2009 season, Webb invited Walsh to
choreograph a new work for Sarasota Ballet. Wolfgang for Webb, the first
work in Walsh’s Mozart trilogy, was premiered by the company in April 2008.
“For several years, I have laid the groundwork for a creation that pays
homage to the works of Mozart. I find so much of his music both humorous and
poignantly touching, and even sometimes intriguingly irreverent,” states
Walsh. Wolfgang is set to piano sonatas, operatic works, and symphonies and
features twelve dancers. Of the world premiere of the ballet, Bill
Hutchinson for the Herald-Tribune said, “Wolfgang for Webb has some
beautiful moments, in particular a stunning sequence in which the dancers
emerge as body parts from a swirling sea of white silk.”

Walsh created the second installment of his trilogy, the 2007 Choo-San Goh
Award winning Amadeus for Anita, for Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. After its
world premiere in Houston in February 2008, the company toured the work to
Sarasota, Florida and to New York’s Joyce SoHo. Amadeus is dedicated to an
amazing woman who has been instrumental in the development of Dominic Walsh
Dance Theater, Anita Garten. “I am grateful for her guidance and generous
patronage of the company and for her unwavering support of my artistic
vision. Her passion for quality culture and her commitment to ensure that it
continues to thrive is inspiring,” says Walsh.



Walsh will complete his three year journey through the
varied compositions of Mozart by creating the final work of the trilogy on
dancers from both Sarasota Ballet and Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. “What is
unique about Mozart, and what I am most excited to explore, is creating a
work that will blend the personalities, skills, and artistic abilities of
dancers from two distinct companies. I feel there is a great deal that will
be shared and enhanced by this exchange of qualities, thus providing a
wonderfully wide canvas for me to reach new heights as a choreographer,”
states Walsh.

After the Sarasota performances, both companies will travel to Houston where
Dominic Walsh Dance Theater will present The Trilogy on April 30-May 2,
2009. “I am excited about the vocabulary of movement and the dance theater
aspects that we will invent over our time creating Mozart together. It will
be wonderful to have a group of such diverse dancers to explore new
terrain," states Walsh.

Recognizing the importance of this project to Walsh’s development as a
choreographer, the Princess Grace Foundation recently awarded him a
prestigious Princess Grace Award to support the creation of Mozart. “I am
grateful to the Princess Grace Foundation-USA for supporting this
extraordinary exchange and also to Iain Webb for presenting this incredible
opportunity to me,” says Walsh. This past fall, Walsh traveled to New York
as the guest of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA for the black-tie awards
gala held in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco.

For Mozart, Walsh will collaborate once again with Houston visual artist
Libbie Masterson on the set design and Nicholas Phillips on lighting. Upon
seeing an exhibition of Masterson’s photographs of Antarctica several years
ago, Walsh was immediately inspired by her aesthetic. “These images were so
powerful for me and create feelings and ideas of open space, a clean
coldness, solitude, loneliness, and something endangered like all of us,”
says Walsh. For the first and second ballets of the trilogy, Masterson drew
upon these photographs and created sculptures that are dramatically lit from
within. They are reminiscent of icebergs and suggest an essence of time and
space in a sea of solitude. DWDT company member Domenico Luciano who also
designed the costumes for Wolfgang and Amadeus will design the costumes for
Mozart. The costuming will suggest elements from the Baroque period and will
evolve into a more danceable while still representational look – high
collars, long sleeves, and stylized make-up and hair for the women. This
abstract, yet theatrical design is congruent with the choreographic style of
the trilogy.

With a variety of costumed looks integrated with Mozart’s sometimes strange
and wonderful compositions, and inside the icy glaciers of Antarctica,
Walsh’s The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will offer something unique
and thought-provoking. “I am really enjoying taking this subject of Mozart,
his life and his work, and developing the ideas over a period of a couple
years, three works, and two dance companies, to really discover something
through this immersion,” says Walsh.
The Florida premiere of The Trilogy will take place at the
FSU Center for the Performing Arts Theater on April 24, 2009 at 8:00 PM;
April 25, 2009 at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM; and April 26, 2009 at 2:00 PM and 8
PM. For tickets ranging from $20 to $75, visit HYPERLINK
"http://www.sarasotaballet.org/"www.sarasotaballet.org or call the Box
Office at 941-351-8000 or 800-361-8388.


The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart- world premiere - FSU Center for
Performing Arts

Friday, April 24, 8 pm

Saturday, April 25, 2 pm & 8 pm

Sunday, April 26, 2 pm & 8 pm

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