Review Roundup: MasterPieces

As we closed the curtain on last weekend’s MasterPieces performance, the Ballet San Jose Company was glowing at their achievement, and the feeling was clearly contagious. Reflecting on their success, here are a few thoughts about the performance from our reviewers.

Carla Escoda of the Huffington Post commented on Ballet San Jose’s performance of Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, stating,

The company threw themselves into that electrifying work with great style and daring – a triumph from start to finish.

Maykel Solas, Alexsandra Meijer, and Amy Marie Briones in Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room. Photo courtesy of Ballet San Jose.

Maykel Solas, Alexsandra Meijer, and Amy Marie Briones in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room. Photo courtesy of Ballet San Jose.

She went on to say,

The company, with an infusion of new, youthful talent from Cuba, China, and points beyond – imported by the charismatic José Manuel Carreño, now a little over a year at the artistic helm of the Silicon Valley troupe – is dancing with elegance and great chutzpah.

Of San Francisco Classical Voice, Janice Berman was impressed with Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free.

So entertaining, debonair and practically perfect was Friday’s performance that what it took to get it on its feet might well be left in the dust…all of it came together at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts so precisely, with fine technique and such wonderful, readable nuance…This company needs – and all of us need it – to keep on dancing.

Ballet San Jose Fancy Free

Ballet San Jose dancers Walter Garcia, Joshua Seibel, and Rudy Candia admiring Emma Francis in Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free. Photo by Alejandro Gomez.

 

Claudia Bauer of Critical Dance noted,

“…throughout the program the company exuded a refreshing sense of unity…impassioned dancing, enthusiasm, and technical consistency across the whole ensemble…By the finale, the audience was in a rapture, and their standing ovation demanded at least five rounds of bows.

In her review for Culture Vulture, Toba Singer’s praise for Ballet San Jose’s performance of George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations included,

Junna Ige is bandbox crisp in her sparkling white tutu, and at the ready to dazzle with clipped footwork. The equally smart-looking Maykel Solas squires her gallantly…dancers, who frame the couple in white, work hard to achieve a sanguine ensemble quality. As they move through the piece, they garner more of it. It’s like watching a company come of age before your eyes.

Maykel Solas and Junna Ige in George Balanchine's Theme and Variations. Photo courtesy of Ballet San Jose.

Maykel Solas and Junna Ige in George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations. Photo courtesy of Ballet San Jose.

Here is what some other theater-goers had to say.

Very well danced. Each piece was really different from each other, but fit really well together.

If Ballet San Jose performed dances like the third piece they would continue to wow the audience. The selection and the performance was outstanding. It kept the audience engaged.

It was absolutely fantastic just like going to San Francisco!! Just amazing, impressive from beginning to end 🙂

The first and last pieces were technically difficult at such a fast pace and so skillfully done. All in unison, in it and on it. The second piece more playful. Expressions were clear, movement fluid. Very impressive and enjoyable to watch.

Outstanding performance by Ballet San Jose. Energetic, creative and colorful demonstrations of the great master piece. We are definitely coming back for their performance!

Ballet San Jose Principal Dancer Alexsandra Meijer and Soloist Joshua Seibel. Photo by Quinn Wharton.

Ballet San Jose Principal Dancer Alexsandra Meijer and Soloist Joshua Seibel. Photo by Quinn Wharton.

If you loved this performance, you won’t want to miss our upcoming program, Bodies of Technology. Join us at the California Theatre in March for a show that combines the work of top-flight choreographers and musicians with the talents of our company of dancers. Jessica Lang’s Eighty One featuring live music and two world premieres by Amy Seiwert and Yuri Zhukov explore the convergence of technology and great dance. Tickets are available online or by calling 408.288.2800.

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