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Memory Book - Program 1: Paquita (Mar 2 – 4, 2012)

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Marius Petipa's 1881 additions for Paquita survived long after the full-length ballet left the stage.
Today these pieces, particularly the Grand Pas classique, are major cornerstones
of the traditional classical ballet repertory.

Paquita (Company Premiere)
Choreography: After Marius Petipa
Music: Lugwig Minkus (Piquita) with
additional music by Richard Drigo and Nikolai Tcherepnin

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All photos are by Robert Shomler unless otherwise noted.
Amy Marie Briones and Maykel Solas
Shannon Bynum Jing Zhang
Photo by Chris Hardy
Junna Ige Mirai Noda

"The star of the evening was Maykel Solas. As the only male character in Paquita, he burst onto the stage with infectious energy. For a good chunk of the story, each of the female dancers gets to show her stuff…But when it was Solas' turn, the energy level amped up. Leaping like a gazelle, light as a bird, with muscular legs sculpted like a Rodin, watching him made me want to get up and jump and run."
Beeri Moalem,
"Led by impressive principals Amy Marie Briones and Maykel Solas, who delivered many breathtaking moments of virtuosity, they were supported by other sterling soloists and a disciplined corps de ballet."
Paul Myvold, Out and About

"Amy Marie Briones in the pas de deux (with Maykel Solas), and even more so in her 'Harp' variation, showed herself as a major talent with legs of steel, feathery feet and an instinctive musicality. Juna Ige's allegro dancing was adorable with good phrasing and pristine finishes. Shannon Bynum brought easy swing to her attitudes."
Rita Felciano, San Jose Mercury News

"…Amy Marie Briones, in the featured female role, hit the high notes. An exacting dancer with a knack for uncanny stillness on point, she stitched out her steps with fluid precision. Near the end, as if she'd stored up all her energy for it, Briones whirled with gyroscopic drive."
Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle

"…the smiling Maykel Solas, leaping around the stage with legs extended, turning with great speed/velocity and dancing with rhythm and elegance, was formidable."
Iride Aparicio, La Oferta Review