Ringling Museum of Art melds dance with Barnum & Bailey Circus photos

Modern dance and vintage circus photography come together this weekend in The Center Ring, a performance by Moving Ethos Dance Company at the Historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling Museum of Art. The dance performance is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Heyday: The Photography of Frederick W. Glasier. As official photographer for the Barnum & Bailey Circus, Glasier (1866-1950) had unparalleled access to performances under the big top and backstage life. The exhibition, which opens Saturday and runs through Sept. 6, features more than 60 photographs and a dozen lithographic posters that depict circus life, such as the photo here of the Deike Sisters, circa 1910.

Moving Ethos, based in Sarasota and directed by Courtney Smith and Leah Verier-Dunn, has created five works inspired by Glasier's photography. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Tickets are $25, and on Saturday a $35 "combo'' ticket for both the dance and admission to the museum is available. (941) 360-7399; ringling.org.

John Fleming, Times performing arts critic

Ringling Museum of Art melds dance with Barnum & Bailey Circus photos 05/12/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 8:28pm]

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