Then & Now 12/12: Let's Dance!

Then & Now 12/12:  Let's Dance!

On this date in 1920, Ravel’s "La Valse" was performed for the first time by the Lamoureux Orchestra in Paris.  Ravel said that he intended the work to be a kind of apotheosis of the Viennese waltz, with which was associated in his imagination an impression of a fantastic and fatal kind of Dervish's dance.  "La Valse" was written for the great ballet impresario Serge Diagalev, who apparently found it un-danceable, and his failure to stage "La Valse" caused a serious rift in his friendship with Ravel.

The Sarasota Ballet is getting ready for the company’s production of John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker. Combining Sarasota’s circus tradition and ringing in the spirit of the holidays, this family friendly ballet features Tchaikovsky’s iconic music performed live by the Sarasota Orchestra. The ballet entwines the history of John and Mable Ringling with E. T. A. Hoffman’s classic tale of the Nutcracker.