Notes from Talia: Ballet San Jose Moves Forward

Ethan Stiefel and Ashley Tuttle featured in American Ballet Theatre’s 1998 performance of Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 (1998 WNET PBS Telecast — Great Performances: DANCE IN AMERICA)

Note: Starting today, Talia the Marketing Intern will begin contributing posts to the Ballet San Jose blog.

BALLET SAN JOSE is moving forward with leaps and bounds! Yesterday was a different kind of day at Ballet San Jose as I got to take a sneak peek at the dancers as they worked on the upcoming Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 (Program 2, April 13-15). It was quite the experience. I couldn’t believe my luck when Lee stopped by my cubicle and told me I’d be allowed to watch some rehearsal upstairs. And the Ballet San Jose dancers didn’t disappoint.

It’s true that you can never really know how good something will really be until you see the finished product. But I could already tell that these pieces from the 2012 season are going to be spectacular. It was great to be able to get a look behind the scenes of the productions, to see the dancers working hard to learn new steps for some really exciting shows.

Clark Tippet’s choreography for Bruch is so elegant, and watching Wes and David Richardson work with the dancers was a treat! David even cracked a couple of jokes that had the dancers laughing and smiling at each other. The camaraderie was obvious, and it made those ten minutes of rehearsal a real joy to watch.

The dancers look so much more regal in person, too! Their poise is astounding, and they hold themselves very elegantly–even when they are walking to get a drink of water. Next door, rehearsals for Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante (also Program 2, April 13-15) were in full swing. That’s one of the pieces I can’t wait to see on stage.

Keep up the great work, guys! We won’t see the finished Bruch until the middle of April, but I look forward to the beginning of the season in March. Can’t wait!

Peace out!
Talia

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