Sarasota Ballet to Perform April 5 at Selby Gardens

March 24, 2017

The performance is part of the Gardens’ evening event series, “Chagall Nights.”


SARASOTA, FLA. – March 24, 2017: Selby Gardens will host The Sarasota Ballet for an evening performance on April 5. The performance is part of “Chagall Nights,” a series of cultural performances that accompany the Gardens’ ongoing exhibition of Marc Chagall’s nature-inspired artwork, which includes masterworks painting and art-inspired, dramatic living plant displays.

Pre-Professional students of the award-winning Margaret Barbieri Conservatory will perform at 7 p.m. at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens.  The performance will include several dances, including a world premiere titled Promenade, which is inspired by Chagall’s painting of the same name. Promenade includes choreography by Elizabeth Weil Bergmann and music specially created by Steve Orich, the Tony nominated orchestrator of Jersey Boys, bringing the men and women in Chagall’s paintings to life through dance.

Tickets for “Chagall Nights” are $40 for Selby Gardens Members, $50 guests, and include full access to the exhibition, garden grounds, performance and heavy hors d’oevres, wine, beer and craft cocktails. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the Gardens remain open until 9 p.m.

“Marc Chagall, Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams” opened February 12, 2017 at Selby Gardens and runs through July 31, 2017. The master work painting The Lovers (1937) on loan from the Israel Museum, Jerusalem is center at the exhibit, along with two additional paintings loaned from a private collector that have never before been publicly exhibited: The two private paintings making their public debut in the exhibition are Bouquets of Lilacs at Saint-Paul, (Bouquets de Lilas a Saint-Paul), 1978 and Couple with Lilies of the Valley (Le Couple aux Muguets), 1973.

In addition to the paintings, visitors at the 15-acre, bayfront garde experience a glass house conservatory where reproductions of nature-inspired stained glass by Chagall are displayed among living plants, and the grounds of the gardens are enhanced with flora like orchids, bromeliads, bougainvillea and citrus trees that evoke the south of France, the land that inspired Chagall and where he spent much of the later part of his life.

In addition to The Sarasota Ballet, accompanying monthly cultural performances are in partnership with Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, Asolo Repertory Theatre, theSarasota Opera and the Sarasota Orchestra.  A full schedule of events is available at

Selby Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the research, study and conservation of epiphytes, or plants that grow on other plants without harming them, such as orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and ferns. Per acre, Selby Gardens is the most species-rich botanical garden in North America, if not the world. Selby Gardens has the second largest spirit [or “liquid-preserved”] collection of flowering plants following only the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It also has the third largest collection of preserved bromeliad plants and the fourth largest collection of preserved orchid plants in the U.S. as part of its herbarium.

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About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas. Regular admission is $20 and $10 children ages 4-17; members and children 3 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or Get social with us on Facebook, Instagram and more by searching @selbygardens.


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