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A Fairytale Evening: Guest Blog by Mesa Burdick

ABT's Sascha Radetsky and Ballet SJ's Alexsandra Meijer pose for a photo backstage with Mesa Burdick and friends.

ABT’s Sascha Radetsky and Ballet SJ’s Alexsandra Meijer pose for a photo backstage with Mesa Burdick (center, in blue) and friends.

At the beginning of May, Ballet San Jose School student Mesa Burdick participated in one of Ballet SJ’s online contests and won the chance to go behind the scenes of Cinderella (May 4 – 6, 2012) with two of its stars, American Ballet Theatre’s Sascha Radetsky and Ballet SJ’s Alexsandra Meijer. We asked twelve-year-old Mesa to blog about her experience. Continue reading

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What to Wear to the Ballet: Silicon Valley Edition

Alexsandra Meijer in Ben Stevenson's Cinderella, which opens tomorrow. Photo by Chris Hardy.

Sure, you can attend the ballet dressed as Cinderella! Ballet SJ Principal Alexsandra Meijer models the fashions in a photo by Chris Hardy.

The following blog post was contributed by guest blogger Elizabeth Werness, a writer, beginning-level ballet dancer, and longtime friend of Ballet San Jose School principal Dalia Rawson. She loves reading fashion blogs, going to the ballet, and dressing up. Ballet San Jose does not necessarily endorse the products Elizabeth has linked in this post, but we do think these styles are pretty darn cute!

Nailing “casually chic” without swerving off into “sloppy” or “trying too hard” is tricky. So as a resident of Silicon Valley, what do you put on for Ballet San Jose’s upcoming performance of Cinderella? We explore some of your sartorial options.

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Playbill Notes: The Story behind the Story of Cinderella

From Texas Ballet Theater's 2010 production of Ben Stevenson's Cinderella. Photo by Ellen Appel.

From Texas Ballet Theater's 2010 production of Ben Stevenson's Cinderella. Photo by Ellen Appel, courtesy of Texas Ballet Theatre.

With opening night of Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella nearly upon us, we wanted to take a moment to share with you a bit of the fascinating history that surrounds the original Cinderella fairytale. Read this excerpt from pages 6-9 of Ballet SJ’s Cinderella Playbill, which can be downloaded and read in its entirety from the Ballet San Jose website.

One of the great ironies of life, and of art, is that out of pain is born beauty. A country is torn apart by war. A mother dies young. Artists hundreds of years apart give birth to story and music that will become the stuff that dreams are made of. Such is the path of this ballet. —Cinderella.

The Cinderella story is perhaps one of the best-known and best-liked fairy tales in Western culture. Like many folk tales, the origins of Cinderella can be traced back centuries, and individual elements of the story can be found in almost every corner of the world. It has been estimated there are at least 1,500 variations on the theme of Cinderella worldwide.

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A Conversation with BSJ Apprentice Vimala Jeffrey-Howe

Vimala Jeffrey-Howe was recently promoted to apprentice at Ballet San Jose.

Vimala Jeffrey-Howe was recently promoted to apprentice at Ballet San Jose.

When Ballet San Jose announced the promotion of 22-year-old Vimala Jeffrey-Howe, a former Ballet San Jose School student, to apprentice in the professional company a couple of weeks ago, she called her parents immediately.

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Ballet San Jose Looks Ahead to Program Two and ‘Cinderella’

Texas Ballet Theater’s “Cinderella” from Jeff Resta on Vimeo.

WITH PROGRAM ONE already a week behind us, Ballet San Jose is still bustling with activity. After a fantastic and inspiring run of Program One, the staff and dancers have barely had time to stop and savor the reviews. And there have been some good ones!

Steven Winn, writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, liked the “dancers’ ingenuous charm and infectious high spirits.” Of Jerome Robbins’ contemporary romp Interplay, San Jose Mercury News correspondent Rita Felciano wrote: “…rarely has intricacy looked so easy.” Beeri Moalem of Examiner.com gave Program One 4 out of 5 stars, commenting that the “Corps de Ballet, soloists, and principals were all marvelous.” A big thank you to Steven, Rita and Beeri. We’re so glad you all enjoyed the show!

Now, we look ahead to another exciting series of premieres in Program Two (April 13-15), including George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, set to Tchaikovsky’s “Unfinished Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat,” and Clark Tippet’s Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1. Also on the bill are Splendid Isolation III, a stunning pas de deux choreographed to Gustav Mahler’s “Adagietto” by Jessica Lang, and Stanton Welch’s Clear. If Program One was, as Steven Winn wrote, a “diverse and entertaining evening,” our next spring repertory program will offer audiences an even wider variety of classical and contemporary works.

But the 2012 spring season doesn’t end with Program Two. From our conversations with Ballet San Jose School students and other supporters around the Bay Area, we know many BSJ fans young and old are particularly excited to attend Ballet San Jose’s company premiere of Ben Stevenson’s full-length story ballet Cinderella (Program Three, May 4-6).

Cinderella is two months away, but you can whet your appetite by watching Jeff Resta’s gorgeous slideshow above with photographs from Texas Ballet Theater’s 2010 production of Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella. We can’t wait to see this piece on our stage in May!

Tickets for Program Two and Cinderella are currently on sale. And here’s a tip from Dennis and Lauren in the Box Office: You can save 20% on tickets to Programs Two AND Three when you purchase a discounted 2-program subscription. Visit the Ballet San Jose website or call (408) 288-2800 for more information.

See you in April!
Erica

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Ballet San Jose Officially Announces 2012 Season

Ballet San Jose officially announced its 2012 season today. The season begins March 2 and will include a number of exciting new pieces:

PROGRAM ONE (March 2-4, 2012)
Paquita (Company Premiere)
Choreography: After Marius Petipa
Composers: Ludwig Minkus (original music by Edouard Deldevez)

Interplay (Company Premiere)
Choreography: Jerome Robbins
Composer: Morton Gould

Graduation Ball (Company Revival)
Choreography: David Lichine
Composer: Johann Strauss

PROGRAM TWO (April 13-15, 2012)

Allegro Brillante (Company Premiere)
Choreography: George Balanchine
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Splendid Isolation III (Company Premiere)
Choreography: Jessica Lang
Composer: Gustav Mahler

TBA (An additional work To Be Announced)

Bruch Violin Concerto (Company Premiere)
Choreography: Clark Tippet
Composer: Max Bruch

PROGRAM THREE (May 4-6, 2012)

Cinderella (Company Premiere)
Choreography: Ben Stevenson
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev

Subscriptions to the 2012 season will go on sale TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, and single ticket sales for the first program will open MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6. Visit the balletsj.org press page to read the FULL news release, which contains detailed information about our 2012 pieces. Or, you can download the PDF directly.

Once again, thank you for your continued support of Ballet San Jose and its wonderful dancers. The company is ready to move forward with the new season, and we can’t wait to bring these exciting shows to the Silicon Valley arts community!

We hope you’ll join us.

Best wishes,
Ballet San Jose

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