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2013-2014 Repertory Season

The Nutcracker
December 13 – 26, 2013
All performances at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts with Symphony Silicon Valley and Ballet San Jose Music Director George Daugherty

December 13 7 p.m.
December 14 1:30 and *7 p.m.
December 15 *1:30 p.m.
December 20 *7 p.m.
December 21 1:30 and 7 p.m.
December 22 1:30 p.m.
December 23 1:30 p.m.
December 24 *1:30 p.m.
December 26 1:30 p.m.

*Special Family-Priced Performances

Choreographer and former Ballet San Jose Principal Dancer Karen Gabay's The Nutcracker is a delightful take on the holiday classic that preserves the best of E.T.A. Hoffmann's traditional story about the Nutcracker Prince and the King of Mice amid glorious bravura dancing, good-enough-to-eat sets and costumes and Tchaikovsky's lush and iconic score with a bit of a fresh and feminist touch to the story.

Repertory Program 1: Neoclassical to Now
Friday, February 14, at 8 pm
Saturday, February 15, at 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.

Neoclassical to Now Digital Program

Repertory Program 2: Popular Music, Transcendent Dancing
Friday, March 21, at 8 pm
Saturday, March 22, at 8 pm
Sunday, March 23, at 1:30 pm

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

Nuestros Valses (1976) COMPANY PREMIERE
Choreography: Vicente Nebrada
Composers: Ramón Delgado Palacios and Teresa Carreño
Musical Arrangements: Mark Richards

Infinity (2013) COMPANY PREMIERE
Choreography: Igal Perry
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Music: "Hammerklavier" Sonata: Adagio

Evermore (2013) COMPANY PREMIERE
Choreography: Dwight Rhoden
Music: Nat King Cole

Piazzolla Caldera (1997) COMPANY PREMIERE
Choreography: Paul Taylor
Composer: Astor Piazzolla
Music: Escualo

This program explores the inspiration two centuries of popular music has had on modern and contemporary choreographers. Two strikingly different works by Paul Taylor and Jorge Amarante highlighting the incendiary passions and complexities of tango demonstrate the genre's flexibility. Dwight Rhoden mines the richly nuanced songs of Nat King Cole, while Igal Perry plumbs the monumental lyricism of the adagio from one of Beethoven's most enduringly popular piano sonatas (the "Hammerklavier"). The late Venezuelan dance-maker Vicente Nebrada's Nuestros Valses ("Our Waltzes") is a playfully sublime homage to the quintessential social dance.

Repertory Program 3: Masterworks of Movement and Theatre
Friday, May 9, at 8 pm
Saturday, May 10, at 8 pm
Sunday, May 11, at 1:30 pm

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

Carmen (1949)
Choreography: Roland Petit
Composer: Georges Bizet

In the Upper Room (1986) COMPANY PREMIERE
Choreography:Twyla Tharp
Composer: Philip Glass
This program contains adult content that may not be suitable for children.

Two masterworks—a fiery story ballet and a celebration of pure movement--by two different master dance-makers of our era share a program of extreme contrasts and bravura dancing. Considered one of Twyla Tharp's most accomplished and striking works, In the Upper Room features a commissioned score by Philip Glass that both propels and liberates the dancers in Tharp's whirling, pulse-pounding choreography. Since its premiere in 1949, Carmen has remained one of inventive French choreographer Roland Petit's most popular ballets for its keen character studies, theatrical staging and soaring dances.  
Learn more about Ballet San Jose's 2013-2014 Season here  

   Program 3 May 9-11, 2014
   Masterworks of Movement and Theatre

   2013-2014 Season Announcement

   See our 2013 memory book here

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