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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BALLET SAN JOSE OPENS 2014 REPERTORY SEASON FEBRUARY 14-16

COMPANY PREMIERE OF OHAD NAHARIN'S MINUS 16 PLUS RETURN OF JORMA ELO'S GLOW-STOP AND BALANCHINE'S SERENADE


San Jose, CA, December 4, 2013 - Following its tremendously successful gala in November-which featured some of the world's top ballet stars from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Boston Ballet-and annual Nutcracker performances, Ballet San Jose will open its first repertory season planned by new Artistic Director José Manuel Carreño February 14-16 at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. The program will feature the Company premiere of Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin's inventive and popular Minus 16, the return of Balanchine's sublimely neo-classical Serenade-the first ballet he choreographed in the U.S.-and Jorma Elo's Glow-Stop, which was a hit of Ballet San Jose's 2013 season. Performances will be given Friday, February 14, at 8 pm; Saturday, February 15, at 1:30 and 8 pm; and Sunday, February 16, at 1:30 pm.

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For his first season, new Ballet San Jose Artistic Director José Manuel Carreño has assembled a program that dynamically demonstrates the technical range and mastery of Ballet San Jose and gives audiences a diverse sampling of ballets from the last three-quarters of a century. From the first ballet George Balanchine created in America to last season's runaway hit by Jorma Elo to 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.

BALLET SAN JOSE 2014 REPERTORY SEASON OPENING FEB. 14-16

Repertory Program 1: Neoclassical to Now
Friday, February 14, at 8 pm
Saturday, February 15, at 1:30 and 8 pm
Sunday, February 16, at 1:30 pm

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

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

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.

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About Ballet San Jose

Known for bold and inventive programming that matches the creativity and innovation of its Silicon Valley home, Ballet San Jose is the second largest professional ballet company in California. In 2013 the Company named former American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer José Manuel Carreño Artistic Director and former Ballet San Jose Principal Ballet Master Raymond Rodriguez Associate Artistic Director.

The critically-acclaimed company produces an annual season of mixed-repertory programs and full-length ballets, including The Nutcracker, at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts. Through its strategic relationship with American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Ballet San Jose has achieved new and rapid artistic growth with access to productions from ABT's extensive repertory, association with its network of renowned choreographers, directors, and artists as well as to ABT's renowned National Training Curriculum for ballet faculty and students - making Ballet San Jose's school the exclusive ABT-certified institution on the West Coast.

Ballet San Jose produces professional performances of the highest artistic standard, which enhance to the cultural life of the community, and are accessible to the broadest possible audience. Ballet San Jose is committed to providing interactive arts education for children, youth, and adults through its ballet school and outreach programs, focusing on both professional training and on general community enrichment.

Ballet San Jose began in 1986 as a co-venture relationship with Cleveland Ballet, under the leadership of Artistic Director Dennis Nahat. The San Jose Cleveland Ballet spanned the two cities for nearly 15 years before Ballet San Jose was re-established in 2000 as an independent resident company in San Jose.

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