The lights go down, a hush falls over the audience and the curtain rises on Sarasota's most storied theater. U-shaped, with three tiers of boxes, this architectural gem provides a rare sense of intimacy between audience and performer that adds so much to the theater going experience. Created in Asolo, Italy in 1798, brought to Sarasota in the early 1950s and painstakingly restored in 2006, the Historic Asolo Theater is one of the most beloved objects in The Ringling collection.
Historic Asolo Theater
Employing the traditional Kuruma Ningyo puppetry of Japan, with video and live music, Shank’s Mare explores the questions of life and death in a story of two wandering travelers whose paths intersect in time and space. – This performance is part of Ringling International Arts Festival.
Frequently characterized as “rowdy,” the musicians of Orkes Sinten Remen, led by the charismatic Djaduk Ferjanto, transform traditional folk music into a mélange of musical sounds that illustrate the reality of Indonesian life in a humorous way. – This performance is part of Ringling International Arts Festival.
Helen Mirren reprises her award-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II in this encore screening of the original West End production. For sixty years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a private weekly meeting known as The Audience.
This engaging program will enhance your understanding and appreciation of the exhibition Royal Taste: The Art of Princely Courts in Fifteenth-Century China. Reception to follow. Presented by David Robinson and Robert H.N. Ho Professor of Asian Studies and History, Colgate University, NY
Soyeon Kate Lee, Piano This performance is part of Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota.
A classically trained dancer, Margie was performing with the corps de ballet at Radio city Music Hall while the Ringling show was hiring dancers. Margie was selected and found herself rehearsing at Winter Quarters in Sarasota. She went on to have a career as an aerialist with the Wallenda Family.