Sarasota's Best Kept Secret is Exposed Next Weekend

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Sarasota, a gulf town with a county population of only 350,000 residents, is an enclave of cultural riches. Already home to a ballet company, an orchestra, an opera company, a film festival and several fine professional theaters will launch its most forward-looking art event yet.

Next week, from October 7-11, 2009, Sarasota inaugurates the Ringling International Arts Festival. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art has collaborated with New York's Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) to present an array of cutting-edge disciplines and performances. Also expected to appear is none other than the legendary Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Included in the eclectic line up is the avant-garde theater company Elevator Repair Service which is presenting its adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. As a former dancer and current cat lover, one artist's name alone has grabbed my attention--Meow Meow--a deconstruction cabaret artist. Also slated are dance pieces by Israeli choreographer Deganit Shemy. And from Spain's Compania Maria Pages in Flamenco y Poesia.

There's quite a selection and performances for every palette. Be sure to check the website for details, hotel reservations with discounts, and more.

To learn more scroll down below or visit

Mertz Theatre
Cook Theatre
Historic Asolo Theater
5401 Bay Shore Road

October 7-11, 2009

$10-$30 for individual performances,
$170 for four shows
$208 for six shows
$240 for eight shows

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  1. This event sounds so interesting. Thanks for sharing all of this information about FL. I had no idea there were so many unique events.


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