By Carrie Seidman, Herald-Tribune
Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 — Robert de Warren, president and CEO of Sarasota International Dance Festival, will remember dance icon Rudolph Nureyev in a series of multimedia workshops in January and February of 2016, produced in collaboration with the Lifelong Learning Academy at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.
DeWarren, for 13 years director of the Sarasota Ballet and director of ballet at La Scala in Milan, Italy for seven years, was an acquaintance of the famed Russian dancer, who died in 1993. Nureyev had a storied career in Europe and a long-lived May/December dance partnership with Margot Fonteyn after defecting to the West in 1961.
“Personal Memories of a Genius” will consist of three workshops, followed by a cocktail celebration and awards ceremony honoring De Warren’s “great contribution to the cultural life of Sarasota and beyond,” according to a statement released by his organization. Tickets may be purchased for the entire subscription series, or the awards ceremony and/or final workshop alone. The schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, January 28, 3-4:30 p.m.: “Childhood to Defection”
• Thursday, February 4, 3-4:30 p.m.: “The Dance Genius”
• Thursday, February 18, 3:30-5 p.m.: “The Choreographer,” followed by Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception, 5-7 p.m.
All events will take place in the Selby Auditorium on the USF-SM campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.
Costs are $50 for the awards ceremony only; $75 for the ceremony and the final workshop; or $135 for the three workshops and the ceremony. Tickets are transferable, but non-refundable.