Ballet San Jose, 2010-2011: A Season in Review(s)

With many thrilling opportunities in Ballet San Jose’s future — not the least of which is our new partnership with American Ballet Theatre, announced last Friday — this year seems to be winding down rather quietly. We are excited to see what 2012 will bring. However, we can’t bid 2011 adieu without first taking a moment to look back on the 2010-2011 Ballet San Jose season.

In lieu of putting together a true “End of the Year” list, we asked our Marketing Director and resident scrapbooker Lee Kopp to compile a few of his favorite snippets from local reviews of Giselle, Swan Lake and Carmen. The result was a pretty fantastic survey of one-liners.

So here it is. We present to you: Ballet San Jose’s 2010-2011 season in review(s).

GISELLE (October 22-24, 2010)

Maykel Solas as Albrecht and Karen Gabay as Giselle in Ballet San Jose's 'Giselle.' Photo by RJ Muna.

Maykel Solas as Albrecht and Karen Gabay as Giselle in Ballet San Jose's 'Giselle.' Photo by RJ Muna.

Giselle received brilliant realization by Ballet San Jose. The alchemical blend of symphony, dance and theater proved an alluring, often sensational production that the rapturous audience of my matinee was loath to leave.
Gary R. Lemco – Classical Music Guide

Throughout the performance, many dances were hailed by the audience with applause and shouts of “Bravo.” Giselle received a standing ovation at the end.
Iride Aparicio – CulturalWorldBilingual.com

SWAN LAKE (February 25-27, 2011)

Maria Jacobs as Odile, the Black Swan, in Ballet San Jose's SWAN LAKE. Photo by RJ Muna.

Maria Jacobs as Odile, the Black Swan, in Ballet San Jose's SWAN LAKE. Photo by RJ Muna.

Dennis Nahat [has] crafted a powerfully literate narrative, complemented by what had to be the greatest ballet score ever composed in its time.
Gary R. Lemco – Classical Music Guide

The flames of interest fanned by the film [Black Swan] is a blessing and an opportunity for all the ballet companies in the nation to show new audiences how thrilling the dance arts can be. And Dennis Nahat’s staging is thrilling and much, much more.
Paul Myrvold – Out & About

Ballet San Jose is a true gem for our region, for the quality and vision of its productions, and Swan Lake was no exception.
Jeanie K. Smith – Metro

CARMEN (April  1-3, 2011)

Alexsandra Meijer as Carmen and Jeremy Kovitch as Don Jose in Ballet San Jose's 'Carmen.' Photo by Robert Shomler.

Alexsandra Meijer as Carmen and Jeremy Kovitch as Don Jose in Ballet San Jose's 'Carmen.' Photo by Robert Shomler.

…rousing good theater.
Renee Renouf – Ballet.co.uk

Ballet San Jose’s ‘Carmen’ sizzles. [Alexsandra Meijer’s] performance was a major dramatic accomplishment…
Rita Felciano – San Jose Mercury News

Superb…fantastic…amazing and breathtaking…
Jeanie K. Smith – Metro

If you saw only one ballet this year, Carmen would be an excellent choice.
Cy Ashley Webb – The Stark Insider

Thank you again to all who attended a Ballet San Jose performance this past season. Without the generosity of volunteers, donors and supporters like you, Ballet San Jose would never be able to bring such fantastic shows to the Silicon Valley arts community.

See you next year!
Ballet San Jose

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One thought on “Ballet San Jose, 2010-2011: A Season in Review(s)

  1. Richard russell says:

    Congratulations! The upcoming season of dances is courageous and innovative.
    Jerome Robbins’ “Interplay” is a dance that I have always wanted to see, and “Allegro Brillante” and “Bruch Violin Concerto” are two modern masterpieces, so thank you Ballet San Jose.

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