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Memory Book - Program 3: R/Evolutionary (April 19-21, 2013)

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A series of pas de deux by the late master choreographer Merce Cunningham,
the mood is both playful and intense. The music is percussive and very fast with complex rhythms.
All six couples draw from the same vocabulary with lively footwork,
torso tips and arches, lifts, and close side-by-side simultaneous movement.
At the conclusion, the couples return to the stage to repeat their previous steps,
all related and yet distinct.

Duets (Company Premiere)
Choreography: Merce Cunningham
Music: John Cage (Improvisation III)
Percussion by Peadar and Med Mercier

All photos by Robert Shomler

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Rudy Candia and Beth Ann Namey

Shannon Bynum and Peter Hershey

Lucius Kirst and Harriet McMeekin

Mirai Noda and Shuai Chen

Mallory Welsh and Thomas Baker

Alex Kramer and Sarah Stein

"Happily, Cunningham and his aesthetic will always be with us. As the dancers in this staging by Patricia Lent swing arms and swoon into arabesque, one sees a remarkable artist blessedly at work."
  Allan Ulrich
  San Francisco Chronicle

"Ballet San Jose closed out its season with a powerful reminder of the influence of Merce Cunningham on today's choreographers. Not a hint of narrative on display in Program 3, just a series of fascinating comments on what dance is and why it moves us."

"Ballet San Jose's future appears to be bright indeed, as the corps and apprentice dancers who made up the greater part of Saturday's matinee cast stepped up to the Cunningham challenge [Duets] with authority."
  Carla Escoda
  Huffington Post


The Nutcracker        The Nutcracker : Karen Gabay

Program 1        Don Quixote : After Marius Petipa and
               Alexander Gorsky

Program 2        Les Rendezvous : Sir Frederick Ashton
       Méditation from Thaïs : Sir Frederick Ashton
       Clear : Stanton Welch
       Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 : Clark Tippet

Program 3        Duets : Merce Cunningham
       Glow-Stop : Jorma Elo
       Eighty One : Jessica Lang