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

Casting     Playbill     A video conversation with composer of Eighty One.

Eighty One
Eighty One, a World Premiere ballet by choreographer Jessica Lang
set to a commissioned score by Jakub Ciupinski, one of the pioneers
in the exhilarating field of gesture-controlled music.

Eighty One (World Premiere)
Choreography: Jessica Lang
Music: Jakub Ciupinski

All photos by Robert Shomler

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Alexsandra Meijer and Jeremy Kovitch.

Alexsandra Meijer and Jeremy Kovitch.

Composer, musical guest artist Jakub Ciupinski.

Final pose.

"Jessica Lang's world premiere Eighty One [is] a happy tailor-made acquisition for a company that seems to be finding its way toward a new identity."

"Lang's most brilliant decision was working with composer Jakub Ciupinski. He created a score of electronics and live theremins -- an early 20th century instrument that appears to pull sound out of thin air. Placing Ciupinsky on a podium upstage left, he looked like the wizard who kept this world in his hands."
  San Jose Mercury News,
  Rita Felciano

"…this company seems to be developing in an intriguing way... South Bay people should pay attention to what's going on here."

"Eighty One...a dazzling theatrical spectacle."

"Jim French's arresting illumination includes myriad spots and other stage lighting plots. It's smoky and mysterious, and high on a platform looms composer Jakub Ciupinski, creating an electronic score... The choreography for 11 dancers abounds in unisons, frozen tableaux (upturned palms) sweeping bourrees and transitory relationship in which limbs are stretched and backs bear the weight of partners."
  San Francisco Chronicle,
  Allan Ulrich

"Truly one of the most brilliantly innovative ballets Odette has ever seen, Jessica Lang's world premiere for Ballet San Jose, Eighty One. If you see no other dance in the Bay Area this season, this ballet is the one you should see."
  Odette's Ordeal,
  Teri McCollom

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