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BALLET SAN JOSE
Music By Symphony Silicon Valley


(December 13 – 26, 2013)
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THE NUTCRACKER
Choreographer and former Ballet San Jose Principal Dancer Karen Gabay's The Nutcracker is a delightful take on the holiday classic that preserves the best of E.T.A. Hoffmann's traditional story about the Nutcracker Prince and the King of Mice amid glorious bravura dancing, good-enough-to-eat sets and costumes and Tchaikovsky's lush and iconic score with a bit of a fresh and feminist touch to the story.

 

PROGRAM ONE (February 14-16, 2014)
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Neoclassical to Now
From the first ballet George Balanchine created in America to last season's runaway hit by Jorma Elo to inventive Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin's engaging tour-de-force that sparkles with improvisation and literally brings audience members to their feet, this program has remarkable range and sophistication.

Serenade (1949)
Choreography:
George Balanchine
Composer:
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Music:
Serenade for Strings in C, Op. 48

Glow-Stop (2006)
Choreography:
Jorma Elo
Composers:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Philip Glass
Music:
Symphony No. 29 in C, 4th Movement and Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, 2nd Movement

Minus 16 (1999)
(Company Premiere)
Choreography: Ohad Naharin
Music:
Various Artists

 

PROGRAM TWO (March 21-23, 2014)
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Popular Music, Transcendent Dancing
This program explores the inspiration two centuries of popular music has had on modern and contemporary choreographers. Two strikingly different works by Paul Taylor and Jorge Amarante highlighting the incendiary passions and complexities of tango demonstrate the genre's flexibility. Dwight Rhoden mines the richly nuanced songs of Nat King Cole, while Igal Perry plumbs the monumental lyricism of the adagio from one of Beethoven's most enduringly popular piano sonatas (the "Hammerklavier"). The late Venezuelan dance-maker Vicente Nebrada's Nuestros Valses ("Our Waltzes") is a playfully sublime homage to the quintessential social dance.

Nuestros Valses (1976) (Company Premiere)
Choreography:
Vicente Nebrada
Composers:
Ramón Delgado Palacios and Teresa Carreño
Musical Arrangements:
Mark Richards

Grapa Tango (2007)
(Company Premiere)
Choreography:
Jorge Amarante
Composers:
Carlos Libedinsky and Sverre Indris Joner

Infinity (2013)
(Company Premiere)
Choreography:
Igal Perry
Composer:
Ludwig van Beethoven
Music:
"Hammerklavier" Sonata: Adagio

Evermore (2013)
(Company Premiere)
Choreography:
Dwight Rhoden
Music:
Nat King Cole

Piazzolla Caldera (1997)
(Company Premiere)
Choreography:
Paul Taylor
Composer:
Astor Piazzolla
Music:
Escualo

 

PROGRAM THREE (May 9-11, 2014)
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Masterworks of Movement and Theatre
Two masterworks—a fiery story ballet and a celebration of pure movement--by two different master dance-makers of our era share a program of extreme contrasts and bravura dancing. Considered one of Twyla Tharp's most accomplished and striking works, In the Upper Room features a commissioned score by Philip Glass that both propels and liberates the dancers in Tharp's whirling, pulse-pounding choreography. Since its premiere in 1949, Carmen has remained one of inventive French choreographer Roland Petit's most popular ballets for its keen character studies, theatrical staging and soaring dances.

Carmen (1949)
Choreography: Roland Petit
Composer: Georges Bizet

In the Upper Room (1986)
(Company Premiere)
Choreography: Twyla Tharp
Composer: Philip Glass

Programming Subject To Change

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Supported, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San José