Ballet San Jose | Season of Premieres

February 2, 2012

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Ballet San Jose | Season of Premieres

Ballet San Jose opens the 2012 “Season of Premieres” with two Company premieres, and a revival from 2002, March 2nd at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. PROGRAM ONE slated for March 2-4 opens with the premiere of the iconic classical ballet Paquita (after Marius Petipa’s 1881 revival of the work with music by Ludwig Minkus.) Also on the bill is the company premiere of Jerome Robbins’ Interplay, a work in four movements set to selections from “American Concertette” by composer Morton Gould. Interplay preceded Robbins’ ground-breaking choreography for West Side Story and is considered an American Masterpiece. It is the first Jerome Robbins piece ever to be performed by Ballet San Jose. David Lichine’s ‘high-life,’ comedy one-act ballet Graduation Ball concludes the program.

ballet dancers on stage

Graduation Ball Photograph : Robert Shomler

As previously announced, Ballet San Jose has formed a partnership with American Ballet Theatre that will serve as a catalyst for new and rapid growth for its professional company and the Ballet San Jose School. This unique partnership has already provided BSJ with access to ABT’s vast creative resources and huge repertory of nineteenth and twentieth century ballets and commissioned works.  This will be the first program produced since the partnership announcement. After the close of the 2012 season, an advisory staff will implement the ABT National Training Curriculum in the Ballet San Jose School after which the school will become the only certified institution on the west coast to provide the complete ABT Curriculum.

PROGRAM ONE (March 2-4, 2012)

Paquita (Company Premiere) Choreography: After Marius Petipa Composers: Ludwig Minkus (original music by Edouard Deldevez) World Premiere: Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia in 1847 Originally choreographed by Joseph Mazilier and presented at the Salle LePeletier by the Paris Opera Ballet on April 1, 1846. Petipa and Pierre-Frederic Malevergne staged the 1847 version and Petipa produced a revival in 1881 for which he added new pieces composed by Ludwig Minkus. This included the Grand pas classique and the Mazurka des enfants.

SHORT BYTE: Marius Petipa’s 1881 additions for Paquita survived long after the full-length ballet left the stage. Today these pieces, particularly the Grand pas classique, are major cornerstones of the traditional classical ballet repertory, and have been staged by ballet companies throughout the world.

Interplay  (Company Premiere)
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Composer: Morton Gould
Music: American Concertette
World Premiere: First presented by Billy Rose, in Concert Varieties, at the Ziegfeld Theatre, New York, June 1, 1945.
Original Cast: John Kriza, Janet Reed, and Jerome Robbins

SHORT BYTE: Interplay is a ballet in four movements made for eight dancers; four boys and four girls. It has no subject matter and no locale. It is Robbins’ second ballet and a distinctly American work. With a simple setting of a plain colored backdrop and informal costumes, the music is loud and brassy at the beginning; the score raucous and playful. It is justly considered an American Masterpiece.

Graduation Ball  (Company Revival)
Choreography: David Lichine
Composer: Johann Strauss
Arranger: Antal Dorati
Music: Various pieces from Strauss
World Premiere: Presented by the Original Ballet Russe at the Theatre Royal, Sydney, Australia, February 28, 1940.
Original Cast: Tatiana Riabouchinska and David Lichine in the leading roles.

SHORT BYTE: David Lichine’s ‘high-life’ one-act, comedy ballet in Ballet Russe style is the story of a party. Young girls at a fashionable school in Vienna host a party for the graduates of a nearby military academy. The girls and boys meet, entertain themselves with a series of dances and discover romance…as do the school’s Headmistress and the pompous old general of the academy.

TICKETS: Subscriptions are available.  Two additional programs follow.
Subscriptions: $45.00 to $255.00
Single Tickets: $30 to $100

BOX OFFICE: (408) 288.2800 or online at Ballet San Jose’s website.
Ballet Box Office is located at 40 North First Street in downtown San Jose.

PERFORMANCES: All performances are at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Boulevard (at the corner of Park Avenue) in downtown San Jose.

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