BALLET SAN JOSE PRESENTS KAREN GABAY'S THE NUTCRACKER
11 PERFORMANCES DECEMBER 13-26 AT
THE SAN JOSE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
LIVE MUSIC AND NEARLY 100 PERFORMERS ON STAGE, SETS BY PAUL KELLY AND COSTUMES BY THEONI V. ALDREDGE MAKE IT THE TRADITIONAL NUTCRACKER TO SEE!
San Jose, CA, October 7, 2013 – Ballet San Jose will present choreographer Karen Gabay's staging of the holiday classic The Nutcracker--which received its acclaimed premiere last season—in 11 performances December 13 through 26 at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. The production features nearly 100 performers, live music with Ballet San Jose Music Director George Daugherty conducting Symphony Silicon Valley, sets by Paul Kelly and costumes by Broadway legend Theoni V. Aldredge. Gabay's staging takes much of its inspiration from the traditional E.T.A. Hoffmann story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, but features subtle but decidedly feminist underpinnings and brims with bravura dancing and seasonal charm. Performances will be given Friday, December 13, at 7 pm; Saturday, December 14, at 1:30 and *7 pm; Sunday, December 15, at *1:30 pm; Friday, December 20, at *7 pm, Saturday, December 21, at 1:30 and 7 pm; Sunday, December 22, at 1:30 pm; Monday, December 23, at 1:30 pm; Tuesday, December 24, at *1:30 pm; and Thursday, December 26, 1:30 pm (*special Family-Priced tickets available.
About Karen Gabay
Karen Denise Gabay was born in San Diego, California and began her ballet training at the age of eight at the California Ballet School, and later studied at the School of American Ballet in New York City. A principal dancer with Ballet San Jose until 2013 when she was named Artistic Associate, Miss Gabay's diverse repertoire included creating the role of Juliet in Dennis Nahat's Romeo and Juliet, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, the title role in Giselle, Swanilda in Coppélia, the pupil in Flemming Flindt's The Lesson, the title role in Roland Petit's Carmen, the principal female in George Balanchine's Theme and Variations, Tarantella, and Who Cares?, the Cowgirl in Agnes DeMille's Rodeo. She is most recognized for her roles as Maria and the Tsarina in Nahat's The Nutcracker.
An audience favorite, Ms. Gabay has been an invited guest artist with North Carolina Dance Theater, Ballet Tucson, Ballet Nuevo Mundo, The Eglevsky Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Los Angeles Classical Ballet and has toured with Cynthia Gregory's Dance Galaxy throughout South America. She has performed in various galas and festivals that include the International Ballet Competition Reunion Gala, the Vail International Dance Festival, the Career Transitions for Dancers Gala in New York City, and the Spoleto and Edinburgh Festivals with Rudolph Nureyev. In 2006, she assisted the late Flemming Flindt in rehearsing The Lesson for the Kings of the Dance with Angel Corella, Johann Kobberg, and Nikolay Tsiskaridze, and later that year performed in the Hungarian Festival of Freedom Tribute with members of the Cleveland Orchestra.
In 2011, Ms. Gabay was honored by the Arts Council Silicon Valley and was given the Artist Fellowship Award for Choreography. She is the founding and Co-Artistic Director/Resident Choreographer of Pointe of Departure, her own not-for-profit ballet company based in San Jose. She has choreographed and created over forty ballets for companies which include Pointe of Departure, Ballet San Jose, the Cleveland San Jose Ballet, Dancing Wheels, the Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Ballet, Chautauqua Dance Company, Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet and the Cleveland Composer's Guild.
Ms. Gabay has worked for a branch of the Ford Model Agency, and her film and television credits include the feature film, RENT, The Drew Carey Show, the PBS Emmy-nominated Blue Suede Shoes, the independent film, Twisted, and the Queen of Denmark's Silver Anniversary Gala for Scandinavian television and the KTEH show, This is US!, that profiles Miss Gabay's career of thirty years as a Prima Ballerina.
Nutcracker Tickets are priced $20-$105 with specially designated Family Priced performances and group discounts available. Tickets may be purchased online at www.balletsj.org