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 Post subject: Ballet San Jose 'Nutcracker' 2003
PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2003 10:33 am 
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The Nutcracker

Anita Amirrezvani
San Jose Mercury News

Every year, the ``Nutcracker'' fascinates a new group of children, opening young eyes to the magic of dance. <a href=http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/7349814.htm target=_blank>more</a>


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2003 11:53 am 
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A review from the SJ Mercury News.

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San Jose Ballet 'Nutcracker' a magical treat
DENNIS NAHAT'S PRODUCTION OFFERS AUDIENCE MANY HIGHLIGHTS
By Anita Amirrezvani
Mercury News

A starry-eyed young couple is always a delight to behold. In Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley's ``Nutcracker,'' Maria Jacobs and Shingo Yoshimoto captured the miracle of such budding love in a magical performance at Friday's opening night show.

As Maria, Jacobs radiated youthful surprise and delight, while Yoshimoto fulfilled her dreams as an affectionate Prince. This enthusiastic pair was just one of many highlights of the ``Nutcracker,'' which runs through Dec. 28 at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts with rotating casts.
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A review from the SF Chronicle.

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Revised story buoys San Jose 'Nut'

Ann Murphy, Special to The Chronicle

If the twin engines of every "Nutcracker" are magic and transformation, the man in the pilot's seat should be the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer, godfather, toymaker and mesmerist who initiates change and keeps it aloft throughout the tale.

Yet few Drosselmeyers are given enough substance to be more than a clanking plot device in what is usually a misshapen holiday story. Even those that are substantial rarely make the tale jibe with the degree of vaudevillian gusto, inventiveness and delicacy that Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley artistic director Dennis Nahat brought to the role Friday when the company opened its 24th season of the ballet at the Center for the Performing Arts in San Jose. But maybe that is because almost no Drosselmeyer has Nahat's luxury of having staged and choreographed the "Nutcracker" himself.
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From the SJ Mercury News.

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`Nutcracker' star received training from local dancers, organizations

Rika Onizuka of Cupertino is starring as Maria in the Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley's production of ``The Nutcracker.'' The ballet, with music by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Dennis Nahat, runs through Dec. 28 at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd.

Onizuka, a Bay Area native, began her training locally with Richard Gibson and Zory Karah, with whom she continues to study. She has also studied at the San Francisco Ballet School, and as a scholarship student at The Joffrey Ballet School and David Howard Dance Center.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2003 11:34 am 
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From the SJ Mercury News.

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Karen Gabay
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Gabay, a principal dancer for Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, is among the artists rotating in the role of Maria during this month's run of ``Nutcracker'' performances, which continue through Dec. 28.

Her career has included touring South America with Cynthia Gregory's Dance Galaxy company and performing with the Royal Danish Ballet. She has also choreographed ballets and helps coach the San Jose company while helping to stage its productions.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2003 2:48 pm 
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I have a general question about some choreography from Dennis Nahat's Nutcracker. In the end, where the Czar and Czarina are dancing, she does this move that I've heard is the most difficult of all. If I remember correctly, she kind of spins around and the Czar catches her and holds her in a sort of arabesque and she is completely off the ground.
I'm trying to tell a friend about this and it's very hard to talk about it, since I don't remember what the move is called and it's been several years since I've seen The Nutcracker.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2003 5:37 pm 
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I wonder if you're referring to a "fish dive"? ME Hunt and many others here could explain the step in detail.


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Yes, I believe you are describing a fish dive. No, they are not very difficult to do, but cool looking and very dramatic.


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Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley `Nutcracker' ticket sales better than expected

By Anita Amirrezvani
Mercury News

Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley sold more than 24,000 tickets to its ``Nutcracker'' this year, bringing in more than $900,000, company CEO Charles Hart announced today.

The number, though not yet final, fell well short of the $1.2 million budgeted for ``Nutcracker'' sales before Hart began his job in September -- and at this point appears smaller than the amount raised by the annual holiday show the year before, when a drop off triggered a financial crisis for the troupe. But Hart said the sales were better than he anticipated.

``We were expecting as low as $800,000 to $850,000,'' he said, calling the budgeted amount ``a very optimistic figure, knowing what they did last year and in light of the economy.'' The performances at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts ended Sunday.

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