Sarasota News Leader

02/08/2013

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VERY PLEASANT SURPRISES SARASOTA BALLET'S OWN JAMIE CARTER SHOWS EVEN MORE PROMISE, BUT WILL TUCKETT TRULY TRIUMPHS WITH CHANGING LIGHT By Elinor Rogosin A&E Writer It was a cold night in usually balmy Sarasota, and along with the unusual sight of fur jackets was a tangible feeling of anticipation as everyone, myself included, knew that Will Tuckett had choreographed a new piece for The Sarasota Ballet. However, no one knew anything about it. Sir Frederick Ashton's Birthday Offering, the 1956 ballet that had been lovingly restaged by Margaret Barbieri, remained a mystery; and there was also a question about including fledging choreographer Jamie Carter's ballet on the same program with works of two extraordinary, established artists. The pre-performance socializing came to an all-too-quick end. Programs were handed out, people took their seats and the sound of Alexander Glazunov's emotional, rhapsodic music filled the theater as the curtain rose on the formal arrangement of women in jeweled and gilded tutus positioned in front Ricardo Rhodes and Christine Peixoto dance their duet in Between Longing and Yearning. Photo by Frank Atura

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