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 Post subject: Creation of San Jose Ballet
PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2000 10:37 am 
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This is a continuation of the <a href=http://forum.criticaldance.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=15;t=000130 target=_blank>thread on the demise of San Jose Cleveland Ballet</a>.

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A new Bay Area dance troupe called San Jose Ballet may rise from the ashes of San Jose Cleveland Ballet.

The Cleveland side of the company suspended all operations in that city Thursday night, laid off all the dancers and canceled its 25th anniversary season in that city. The San Jose side made an exploratory offer yesterday to the 41 dancers to move to San Jose and be part of a new dance company.
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Also, members of the media have been invited to a press event with the Executive Director and the Artistic Director of SJCB.

[This message has been edited by Azlan (edited June 17, 2001).]

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2000 3:09 pm 
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From SJCB's press office:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>San Jose Cleveland Ballet Board Examines Options for New Company<P><BR>(San Jose, CA) San Jose Cleveland Ballet’s Board of Trustees has held several meetings to discuss its options in light of the cessation of operations by Cleveland San Jose Ballet, an Ohio corporation. The two entities are separate corporations with separate budgets, administrative staffs and boards. The San Jose corporation has been operating in the black with a $4.5 million budget for the current season.<P><BR>The San Jose Board has determined that it wishes to test the feasibility of retaining the major elements of the former company as it founds a new ballet for the Silicon Valley. Among the areas being investigated are the availability of dancers from the troupe to join the new company, the interest of Artistic Director Dennis Nahat to lead the venture, and our ability to obtain financial resources necessary to make this move. The Board’s goal is to provide uninterrupted service to our loyal audience members in the Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area.<P><BR>Board President Linda F. Sarles and Executive Director Andrew Bales met with company’s dancers in Cleveland yesterday and discussed their interest in moving to San Jose to become part of the new dance company. The dancers were asked to indicate their interest by tomorrow. (Thursday, September 14th)<P><BR>Our season is still set to open October 12th.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>More announcements to follow.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2000 3:04 pm 
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a couple of links on this subject:<P>Published Thursday, September 14, 2000, in the San Jose Mercury News "Officials in San<BR>Jose proposing to assemble resident company" <A HREF="http://www7.mercurycenter.com:80/premium/local/docs/ballet14.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www7.mercurycenter.com:80/premium/local/docs/ballet14.htm</A> <P>and "San Jose asks dancers to relocate" <BR>Thursday, September 14, 2000<BR>By WILMA SALISBURY - i found this one interesting re the dancers' choices....<BR><A HREF="http://www.cleveland.com:80/entertainment/index.ssf?/entertainment/pd/e14balle.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.cleveland.com:80/entertainment/<BR>index.ssf?/entertainment/pd/e14balle.html</A> <P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited October 11, 2000).]

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Fresh news from San Jose Ballet's press department:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>- San Jose Cleveland Ballet is now Ballet San Jose of Silicon Valley.<P><BR>- Dennis Nahat has signed to be our founding Artistic Director.<P><BR>- 31 members of our dancers from our former company have joined the new company. 24 of the dancers have signed for the entire season. 7 will be dancing the season opener and other projects as contracts can be worked out. (See attached list of names)<P><BR>- Our program dates for the full season will remain the same as previously announced. Program changes will follow as soon as possible. Our first announced program Celebrations and Ode will be moved to a slot later in the season. The October 12 through 15 dates will be filled with a rep program; Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Bournoville’s Napoli, and Nahat’s Moments.<P>- San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales will make an announcement today at our 3:30pm press conference regarding City of San Jose support proposed for the ballet. This will be in the form of a challenge grant.<P>- Our theme for the day is "Believe in the Power of Ballet." (We on staff are all wearing buttons with that sentiment.)<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


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Charter members of Ballet San Jose of Silicon Valley:<P><BR>Willie Anderson<BR>Deidre Byrne<BR>Kwang Suk Choi<BR>Ashley Dick<BR>Ariel Cisneros<BR>Grethel Domingo<BR>Stephan Dalle<BR>Karen Gabay<BR>Gonzalo Espinoza<BR>Catherine Grow<BR>Todd Fox<BR>Emy Hariyama<BR>Daniel Gwatkin<BR>Maria Jacobs<BR>Demetrius King<BR>Jody Jaglowski<BR>Le Mai Linh<BR>Ana Lobe<BR>Ramon Moreno<BR>Victoria Moses<BR>Mark Otloski<BR>Beth Ann Namey<BR>Raymond Rodriguez<BR>Maydee Pena<BR>David Strobbe<BR>Patricia Perez<BR>Shingo Yoshimoto<BR>DeAnne Petrushka<BR>Dalia Rawson<BR>Jennifer Snowden<BR>Pamela True


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History and chronology of events:<P><BR>1976 Cleveland Ballet founded by Dennis Nahat and Ian "Ernie" Horvath.<P><BR>1979 Cleveland Ballet performs The Nutcracker for the first time, Public Music Hall in Cleveland.<P><BR>1984 Horvath retires from the Company; Nahat becomes sole artistic director. The Company moves to the State Theatre in Cleveland.<P><BR>November 1985<BR>Cleveland Ballet begins its San Jose relationship with 5 sold-out performances of The Nutcracker in San Jose.<P><BR>February 1986<BR>Co-venture agreement creates San Jose Cleveland Ballet and Cleveland San Jose Ballet, two separate corporations sharing one artistic team. <BR>1986-87<BR>First subscription season ends with a critically praised new production of Swan Lake paid for in equal parts by San Jose and Cleveland donors.<P><BR>1987<BR>Ballet renovates San Jose's Center of Performing Arts stage house and backstage for $1.25 million to better accommodate the art of ballet.<P><BR>1992-93 Cleveland goes public with ‘Save Cleveland Ballet’ campaign; receives $1.1 million from group of trustees, and a $1 million special foundation gift. Reduces company from 38 to 28 dancers; cuts season from 38 weeks to 26. Collaborates with Atlanta Ballet to have enough dancers to finish season.<P><BR>February 1994<BR>San Jose Cleveland Ballet mounts a $1.7 million 10-day campaign to recapitalize the company. The Silicon Valley Arts Fund was a major contributor to the campaign. This set the stage for 6 straight years in the black.<P><BR>1995-96<BR>The co-venture premieres $1.2 million production of Blue Suede Shoes, which is later filmed in the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts for national PBS broadcast. <BR>1996-97<BR>School of San Jose Cleveland Ballet coverts Knight of Columbus building into a school. It grows to serve 300 students a week. <BR>1998-99<BR>San Jose trustees recommit to the co-venture, but set their sights on a future company based here in the Silicon Valley.<P><BR>Late Afternoon (PST) September 7, 2000<BR>Cleveland Board of Trustees suspends operations and cancels 25th Anniversary season. Dancers contract to be terminated.<P><BR>September 8, 2000<BR>SJCB Board of Trustees chair Mike Fulton organizes meetings of San Jose trustees to look at all options for saving the local season.<P><BR>September 13, 2000<BR>San Jose Board announces unanimous support to investigate a plan to create a new company based in the Silicon Valley. Dancers are asked for their interest in joining this company.<P><BR>Late Afternoon, Thursday, September 14, 2000<BR>24 dancers agree to join as charter members of the new company, while 7 more indicate an interest to guest during this first season.<P><BR>Press and Donor Event; Friday, September 15, 2000<BR>Dennis Nahat is engaged as Ballet San Jose of Silicon Valley’s founding Artistic Director. Charter season scheduled to open October 12-15, 2000 with a repertory program including Dennis Nahat's Moments, Themes and Variations by George Balanchine, and Bournenville's Napoli. Moments and Napoli are both San Jose premieres. Celebrations and Ode will be moved to a slot later in the season.


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More notes on the ballet:<P><BR>* San Jose Cleveland Ballet has an operating budget for the 2000/2001 season of $4.5 million. It projects the need to increase the budget by $2 million to capture the Company and complete the season with a San Jose based group of artists.<P><BR>* Each season approximately 70,000 people attend one or more of San Jose Cleveland Ballet's performances at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.<P><BR>* San Jose Cleveland Ballet has garnered critical acclaim for many years. Its production of The Nutcracker is routinely called the "Bay Areas Best." The California Arts Council awarded the company its highest level rating , 4.0 -- one of only two dance companies in the state to achieve this level recognition. This past summer dancer Emi Hariyama won the Bronze medal at New York's International Ballet Competition and Shingo Yoshimoto was a gold medal winner in Varna two years ago.<P><BR>* Dancers in the company come from all over the world with dancers from such diverse regions as Mongolia, Korea, Poland, Peru, Cuba, Wales, Vietnam, Canada, Venezuela, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, and Saratoga, California (Dalia Rawson).<P><BR>* Un-audited numbers from 1999-2000 Season:<BR> $4.5 million budget<BR> $4,779.083 total revenue<BR> $4,234,753 total expenses<BR> $544,330 budget surplus<BR> 43% = Contributed Revenue (individual, corporate and foudations)<BR> 7% = Government 50% = Earned Revenue<P>Leaders:<BR>Founding Chair: Karen Loewenstern - wife of ROLM co-founder<BR>2nd President: Richard Coniff - currently with Heritage Bank<BR>3rd Chair: Sigrun Corrigan - wife of LSI Logic founder<BR>4th Chair: Greg Jamison - President San Jose Sharks<BR>5th Chair: Maryles Casto - owner of Casto Travel<BR>Current Chair: Mike Fulton - President of Comerica Bank<BR>Current President: Linda Sarles - owner Synchrony Consulting


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a fascinating process to observe, azlan. thanks for all this info. do you think this will change anything in the bay area for the other dance companies there?

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An interesting bit from the SF Chronicle:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales announced yesterday that he will seek a $250,000 challenge grant from the San Jose City Council to help with start-up costs. The ballet must raise $4 for each $1 it would receive from the city.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><B><A HREF="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/09/16/DD6847.DTL" TARGET=_blank>More</A></B>


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Grace, to answer your question, yes, this will definitely affect the ballet community in the Bay Area in many different ways, some more subtle than others, the most subtle but profound being the commitment (if it is honest) of the San Jose community to the ballet school.<P>Silicon Valley has been for the most part an untapped resource of $$$. There are CEOs here who think nothing of spending money on leisure items that are worth the annual budget of a small ballet company. And Dennis Nahat is a genius when it comes to putting on shows that the people eat up; i.e. story ballets with spectacular costumes and music, never mind the quality of dancing... I see this being a very successful formula. The question is how inclusive and cooperative they will be with the rest of the ballet community in the Bay Area.


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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>The question is how inclusive and cooperative they will be with the rest of the<BR> ballet community in the Bay Area.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>woooooh! i hear alarm bells ringing ALREADY!<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>this will definitely affect the ballet community in<BR> the Bay Area in many different ways, some more subtle than others, the most subtle<BR> but profound being the commitment (if it is honest) of the San Jose community to the<BR> ballet school.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>-WHAT school? <P>sorry if i have missed something important above. the only school item i have seen re this thread is re the establishment of a new school to take care of the students in CLEVELAND...did i miss something (very possible - haven't had time to read it all).<P>

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Yes, the school bit is in question. I believe there is already a school in San Jose. I just hope they continue to support it.


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from SF Gate: <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Ballet in San Jose has been saved. <P> San Jose Cleveland Ballet is no more, but a<BR> new company called Ballet San Jose of<BR> Silicon Valley will debut Oct. 12 at the San<BR> Jose Center for the Performing Arts. - - -<P>The company will open with Balanchine's<BR> ``Theme and Variations,'' August<BR> Bournonville's ``Napoli'' and Dennis Nahat's<BR> ``Moments.'' <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <A HREF="http://www.sfgate.com:80/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/09/16/DD6847.DTL" TARGET=_blank>http://www.sfgate.com:80/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/09/16/DD6847.DTL</A> <P><BR>from akron journal: <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Thirty-one of the 40 Cleveland San<BR> Jose Ballet dancers let go when the company canceled its<BR> 2000 season have signed with Ballet San Jose of Silicon<BR> Valley.<P> Twenty of the 31 signed contracts for a 25-week season.<BR> The rest chose not to move to California with some saying<BR> they will commute between Ohio and San Jose.<P> Dancer Karen Gabay said the opportunity to dance in San<BR> Jose carries no guarantees and that there are long<BR> stretches of layoff. - - -<P>The dancers are guaranteed three weeks of rehearsal and<BR> one week of performances in San Jose. The rest of the<BR> season hinges on the ability of the San Jose trustees to<BR> raise $2 million. - - -<P>Todd Fox said he signed the 25-week contract with San<BR> Jose because he had no other choices.<P> ``We're all starving. We have not seen a paycheck in 5 1/2<BR> weeks,'' he said. ``It's a bad situation. I totally feel backed<BR> up against the wall.''<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <A HREF="http://www.ohio.com:80/bj/news/ohio/docs/017282.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://www.ohio.com:80/bj/news/ohio/docs/017282.htm</A> <P>

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more from Todd Fox (above): <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Finding a job in another ballet<BR> company at this time of the year is difficult, but not<BR> impossible, especially for male dancers. "It’s no<BR> problem for guys," said dancer Todd Fox. "The<BR> problem is to find a decent job with a positive<BR> contract."<P> Fox, president of the American Alliance of Dance<BR> Artists (the dancers union), said he was not sure<BR> he wanted to continue dancing himself. Before<BR> joining Cleveland San Jose Ballet three years<BR> ago, he had been a member of four other<BR> companies that had closed or filed for<BR> bankruptcy. He was preparing for his next career<BR> by running three small businesses, including <A HREF="http://www.elitedance.com/elite" TARGET=_blank>Elite Dance Management </A> <BR>, an Internet agency that<BR> helps professional ballet dancers and teachers<BR> find part-time work.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>this article has some personal stories of a few dancer's predicaments...slight, but interesting....and a little description of rudi van dantzig's final rehearsals with the previous company:<BR> <A HREF="http://www.cleveland.com:80/entertainment/index.ssf?/entertainment/pd/e17dance.html" TARGET=_blank>Read more here...</A> <P> <P><p>[This message has been edited by grace (edited September 22, 2000).]

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Ballet San Jose launches from Cleveland<BR> wreckage<P>The dancers' contract, a nonunion arrangement, calls for 25 weeks of<BR> employment in 2000-01. Salaries will be raised 20 percent after the<BR> dancers relocate to California. They will also be assisted in their<BR> housing in the South Bay, where rents are considerably higher than in<BR> Ohio. Dancers are owed 3 1/2 weeks' salary by the Cleveland San<BR> Jose Ballet.<P>The fate of a new production of "Don Quixote" is uncertain. Peter<BR> Farmer's designs are complete, but construction, to be executed in<BR> London, has not begun. Unclear, too, is the eventual disposition of the<BR> company's older sets and costumes, which are stored in Cleveland.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <A HREF="http://examiner.com/000916/0916sanjose.html" TARGET=_blank>http://examiner.com/000916/0916sanjose.html</A>

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