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 Post subject: Re: Ballet San Jose 2004-2005
PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2005 9:41 am 
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Paragraph one of this item column by the San Jose Mercury News' Leigh Weimers contains some news about a few BSJ dancers:

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/11256207.htm


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet San Jose 2004-2005
PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 11:04 am 
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A preview on "Shinju" by Michael Smuin:

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Tragic dance draws power from stillness

By Anita Amirrezvani
San Jose Mercury News

At a time when dancers are taught to push their bodies to the limit by going higher, longer and faster -- especially faster -- it's an arresting experience to watch a ballet that gets its strength from stillness. <a href=http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/living/11294456.htm target=_blank>more</a>


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet San Jose 2004-2005
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 9:15 am 
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A pair of reviews from Ballet San Jose's mixed repertoire performances last weekend. Janice Berman in the San Francisco Chronicle:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/04/05/DDG5UC32CQ1.DTL

Keith Kreitman in Inside Bay Area:

http://www.insidebayarea.com/bayarealiving/ci_2640517


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 Post subject: Re: Ballet San Jose 2004-2005
PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 10:39 am 
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Kreitman said:

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From the instant the male dancers spring from the wings in the allegro first movement of Felix Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1.... world class dancing was on display.
Sorry to be so crass, but that is a gross overstatement. Many nice dancers are in this company, but the term "world class" should not be bandied about so easily.

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With longtime dancing colleagues Nahat and Smuin still active, creative forces, the San Francisco Bay Area is not far behind the leading edge in the development of modern dance in America, and the world.
I would be surprised in Mr. Nahat and Mr. Smuin regarded themselves as "modern dance" choreographers. Perhaps "contemporary" is a better word?

Trixie
PS: I saw this show Saturday night. Shinju was wonderful.


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Not that bad a review from MWS actually...

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Ballet San Jose makes a study of 'The Lesson'

Michael Wade Simpson, Special to The SF Chronicle

"The Lesson," a 1963 ballet by Danish choreographer Flemming Flindt, may be one of the creepiest works ever created. more


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Fleming Flindt's "The Lesson" is indeed a macabre work that shocks many ballet goers. Interestingly, it's the only work of this choreographer that I admire:

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Pair of dancers dazzle in still-shocking trio, gentler duet

By Anita Amirrezvani
San Jose Mercury News

The closest thing ballet has to a slasher flick is probably Flemming Flindt's ``The Lesson.'' more


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