Sarasota Ballet is calling its program this weekend "Modern Greats,'' because the company is performing works by three living choreographers: Christopher Wheeldon, Will Tuckett and Twyla Tharp.
Wheeldon, who at 37 has more than 40 works to his credit, is one of the golden boys of contemporary ballet, and the Sarasota company will be doing its second staging of a work by him with The American, set to music by Dvorak. Tuckett, an Englishman, was in Sarasota in September to work with the company on his Spielende Kinder (Children at Play), which he says is designed "to capture that fleeting moment between childhood and maturity in these snapshots of life as a series of playground games.''
Tharp's In the Upper Room, to a score by Philip Glass, is said to refer to the place where Christ and his disciples gathered for the Last Supper. Since its premiere in 1986, it has been one of her most popular dances, about 40 continuous minutes of what one reviewer has called "the sheer exuberance of motion."
Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Sarasota Opera House, 61 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. $20-$75. (941) 359-0099, ext. 101; sarasotaballet.org.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic