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 Post subject: Ballet San Jose 2007-08
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 5:39 pm 
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Ballet San Jose performs Dennis Nahat's "Carmina Burana" and "Summerscape," Thursday-Sunday, November 15-18, 2007 at the San Jose Performing Arts Center. Rita Felciano previews the performance in the San Jose Mercury News:

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Rachel Howard reviews the performance in the San Francisco Chronicle:

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Rita Felciano does the same in the San Jose Mercury News:

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 Post subject: Ballet San Jose 2007-08
PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 2:18 pm 
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My dear friend and colleague Donald Gansheimer, who was the COO/CFO of Ballet San Jose, died suddenly Monday November 12th.

Donald was one of the kindest people I've ever known. He was so proud of his work with the Ballet and his passing is an enormous loss to our profession. My heart goes out to his family at this time. I can’t imagine how difficult this must be for them. I will miss him dearly but I have comfort in knowing that he will continue to live in my memory.

There's a tribute to Donald on Ballet San Jose's website: www.balletsanjose.org. and Here's a link to his obituary: http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_7479487?nclick_check=1


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Ballet San Jose will be doing Swan Lake and they've got a famous Odette working with them.

From the SJ Mercury News.

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Cynthia Gregory got her start with the San Francisco Ballet, and it was in San Francisco 41 years ago that, on tour with the American Ballet Theatre, she made her debut as Odette-Odile. (Odile is the look-alike illusion of the evil sorcerer, and is traditionally performed by the same person.) When that production made it to New York, national dance critics took note, and Gregory's reputation was made.

Gregory appeared in the role many times over the years, including the first time Dennis Nahat choreographed "Swan Lake" for the Cleveland San Jose Ballet - which later became Ballet San Jose - in 1987. She is so identified with the role that her 1990 children's book, "Cynthia Gregory Dances Swan Lake," is still available. Her mission here is to help the Odettes bring full expression to Nahat's vision.


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A review of Swan Lake in the Sf Chronicle.

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Review: San Jose troupe excels in 'Swan Lake'
Rachel Howard, Chronicle Dance Correspondent

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Turns out that during recent seasons of dancing mostly silly spectacles, a crop of credible classical dancers at Ballet San Jose must have been yearning to show us their true chops. On Friday at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, the 44-member company took "Swan Lake" - that warhorse that can be sublime in the right hands or self-parody in the wrong ones - and made it a nonstop showcase of movement artistry. Rarely have so many talents in the San Jose roster shone to such advantage. And, in Karen Gabay, they had a Swan Queen to inspire them to yet greater heights.


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Rita Felciano reviews a cast of "Swan Lake" headed by Maria Jacobs and Ramon Moreno in the San Jose Mercury News:

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Ballet San Jose will be touring eight cities in China on a goodwill tour from May 17 to June 24, 2008, reports Sal Pizarro in the San Jose Mercury News:

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A nice preview from the San Jose Mercury News.

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In Balanchine's dancing shoes
A STAGER HELPS BALLET SAN JOSE ADHERE TO INFLUENTIAL CHOREOGRAPHER'S STANDARDS
By Rita Felciano
for the Mercury News
Article Launched: 03/27/2008 01:34:45 AM PDT

If you have followed today's home-selling process as shown on Home & Garden Television, you know it often involves the use of a "stager," a specialist who will de-clutter your property, highlight its most salable features and maybe even bring in new furniture and accessories to show it off to best advantage.

In real estate, the profession is relatively new. In ballet, it is not.

Meet Victoria Simon, a stager of dance and a former dancer herself. She has been in the staging business for more than 30 years, ever since she returned to her first love after raising a family.



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Review of Firebird in the SJ Mercury News

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Ballet S.J. stages a soaring 'Firebird'
By Rita Felciano
for the Mercury News
Article Launched: 05/03/2008 01:32:39 AM PDT

If Ballet San Jose intended the season's last program as a dress rehearsal for its trip to China this month, it can feel good about itself. The company is in fine shape. "Mendelssohn Symphony" (1973), a neo-Balanchinian abstraction, and "The Firebird" (2005), a narrative charmer with music by Stravinsky, received outstanding performances at the Thursday opening.

The program continues through Sunday at the Center for the Performing Arts.


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Ballet San Jose is headed to China. From the San Jose Mercury News.

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Ballet San Jose embarks on epic tour of China
By Mark de la Viña
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How do you say "goodwill" in Chinese?

Ballet San Jose executive director Dennis Nahat and 44 of his dancers will find out after Saturday when they leave on a private 747 for a five-week, eight-city tour of China. Nicknamed the "Goodwill Tour From Silicon Valley," it's the company's first international trip since the ballet moved from Cleveland to San Jose in 2000.

Ballet San Jose will be one of the first dance companies to take the stage in several state-of-the-art theater complexes, most constructed as part of China's pre-Olympics building boom.


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Notes from China...

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Memories of China
SAN JOSE BALLET TROUPE SHARES GOODWILL TOUR EXPERIENCES, THOUGHTS ON BLOG POSTINGS
Mercury News
Article Launched: 06/15/2008 01:32:11 AM

Since departing for China on May 17, the San Jose Ballet has been maintaining an extensive blog site on the tour at www.balletsanjose.org. In addition to photos from company photographer John Gerbetz and others, members of the troupe have been posting their thoughts about the trip. Here is just a small sampling:

Artistic director Dennis Nahat on the performances:

The performances have taken all our audiences by surprise. One told me, "We don't think of America as having ballet. . . . We see so many Russian companies. . . . We have never seen such beautiful dancing and production ever."

One family came back two times and others wished we could stay longer to tell their friends. And the Shenzhen Daily News headline was "Ballet San Jose, Not to be Missed."



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