Ballet San Jose

April 10, 2013

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Ballet San Jose

Alexsandra Meijer and Joshua Seibel rehearse at Ballet San Jose.

Alexsandra Meijer and Joshua Seibel rehearse at Ballet San Jose. Photo Quinn Wharton

PROGRAM THREE

“R/Evolutionary”, April 19-21, 2013.

with a WORLD PREMIERE from Jessica Lang

 

JUST ADDED…a ballet by BSJ Principal Dancer, KAREN GABAY…

TZIGANE (Company Premiere)

Choreographer: Karen Gabay

Composer: Maurice Ravel

Music: Tzigane

Soloists: Special musical guest artists, Violinist Lev Polyakin and Pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi.

 

Who: Ballet San Jose

What: Program 3, “R/Evolutionary”

When: April 19-21, 2013

Where: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Boulevard in downtown San Jose (corner of Park Avenue)

Prices: $30 – $105

* Reduced Price Family Matinee (Saturday, April 20 at 1:30) $21 – $75

Tickets: 408.288.2800 or balletsj.org

 

Performances:

Friday, April 19 at 8pm

* Saturday, April 20 at 1:30pm (Reduced Price Family Matinee) Saturday, April 20 at 8pm Sunday, April 21 at 1:30pm All performances with Symphony Silicon Valley and special musical guest artist, Jakub Ciupinski.

 

Short Description

The season-closing mixed repertory program features Eighty One, a World Premiere ballet set on our company by choreographer Jessica Lang, who last year brought us the Bay Area Premiere of Splendid Isolation III. The piece will be danced to a commissioned score by Jakub Ciupinski, one of the pioneers in the exhilarating field of gesture-controlled music. Also on the program are the Company Premieres of Glow-Stop, a fiercely athletic work by Jorma Elo set to the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Philip Glass; and Duets, a series of pas de deux for six couples by the late master choreographer Merce Cunningham set to a fast-paced percussive score by Cunningham’s long-time collaborator John Cage.

 

NEW: Ballet San Jose has added Karen Gabay’s TZIGANE to the program. A gypsy pas de deux set to the famed violin and piano composition by Maurice Ravel, danced by Gabay and long-time partner, Raymond Rodriguez.

 

 

The Ballets on this Program

MARCH 22-24, 2013 / Mixed Repertory, “R/Evolutionary”

 

EIGHTY ONE (A World Premiere Ballet)

Choreography by Jessica Lang

Music by Jakub Ciupiski – Commissioned Score World Premiere: Ballet San Jose, San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, California, April 19, 2013

 

Jessica Lang, creator of last season’s stunning pas de deux, Splendid Isolation III, returns to Ballet San Jose to choreograph an entirely new work on the company.  The ballet will be set to commissioned music by Lang’s fellow Juilliard alumnus, Jakub Ciupiski, a pioneer in the exhilarating field of gesture-controlled music. This is Jessica Lang’s 81st ballet creation.

 

 

DUETS (Company Premiere)

Choreography by Merce Cunningham

Music by John Cage (Improvisation III)

Percussion by Pendar and Med Mercier

World Premiere: Merce Cunningham Dance Company, City Center 55 Street Theatre, New York. February, 26, 1980

 

A series of pas de deux for six couples by the late master choreographer Merce Cunningham, the mood is both playful and intense. The music is percussive and very fast with complex rhythms. Couples with distinct personalities each enter for a brief pas but are interrupted at some point by other couples making brief, disruptive cameos. All six couples draw from the same vocabulary with lively footwork, torso tips and arches, lifts, and close side-by-side simultaneous movement, and yet each duet is dramatically unalike. At the conclusion, the couples return to the stage to repeat their previous steps, all related and yet distinct. Cunningham is unmatched as a modern-dance choreographer for his duets. This is one of his most ballet-friendly compositions.

 

 

GLOW-STOP (Company Premiere)

Choreography by Jorma Elo

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Symphony No. 28 in C, 4th Movement)and Philip Glass (Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, 2nd Movement) Costumes by Zack Brown World Premiere: American Ballet Theatre, City Center, New York, 2006

 

Fiercely athletic and executed at breakneck speed, Glow-Stop blends familiar ballet pirouettes and leaps with off-kilter profiles and cantilevered lifts to create a thrill-a-minute dance that challenges dancers in this new style of virtuosic classical ballet. Mozart and Philip Glass come together in the music, as does contemporary dance with an undercurrent of classical ballet. Jorma Elo is the Resident Choreographer of Boston Ballet and was the winner of the 2005 Helsinki International Ballet Competition (Choreography).

 

 

TZIGANE (Company Premiere)

Choreographer: Karen Gabay

Composer: Maurice Ravel

Music: Tzigane

Soloists: Special musical guest artists, Violinist Lev Polyakin and Pianist Keisuke Nakagoshi

 

A strolling violinist makes his way through a gypsy camp. A gypsy couple wakes hearing his music, and they are enraptured with the melody and each other. They begin to dance and their passion is full of zest, fervor and desire. This pas de deux to be danced by Karen Gabay and Raymond Rodriguez.

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