Karen Gabay dances the part of Maria in Ballet San Jose's 'The Nutcracker.' Photo by John Gerbetz.
Attention, Ballet San Jose fans! It’s been almost a year since we started this blog, and you might say that we let it fall temporarily by the wayside. With all of the activity around Ballet SJ, we have been known to throw ourselves completely into our work and brush aside the extraneous (but no less important!) details. Luckily, we have some new faces around the Ballet this season. And our new Social Media Coordinator is fully committed to getting this blog up and running in time for The Nutcracker this December.
It certainly has been a whirlwind year — after 2010’s Giselle (Oct. 22-24) and The Nutcracker, (Dec. 11-26), Dennis Nahat and Ballet SJ wowed audiences and critics with two favorites: Swan Lake (Feb. 25 – 27) and Carmen (Apr. 1-3).
Both shows were spectacular. We were lucky enough to have ballet superstar Carlos Acosta as a guest star in Swan Lake — by now one of the most notorious ballets of our time, thanks to the Oscar-nominated movie Black Swan. Because of the hard work and sanity of our dancers and staff, we avoided the hallucinations and nervous breakdowns that Hollywood associates with the show. Carlos and Ballet SJ were received with critical applause, and the show was a rousing success.
Later this past spring, our dancers seduced large crowds with a tale of intrigue and passion from the late French Dance Master Roland Petit. Carmen was a saucy affair that the San Francisco Chronicle called an “opulent and rambunctious, daring production.” And as Carmen ended, so did the 2010-2011 season.
Where are we now? Ballet SJ is gearing up again for a 2011 run of The Nutcracker. For us, the holiday season always comes with a certain sense of familiarity, of coming home. Dennis Nahat’s Nutcracker remains a unique and colorful retelling, and it is entirely ours.
Keep an eye out for future blog posts from Ballet SJ. We have an exciting host of things planned — interviews with our dancers, exclusive photos from around the Ballet, and other long-winded ruminations from your favorite Social Media Coordinator. Please feel free to subscribe to this WordPress blog, or follow our real-time updates on Twitter and Facebook.
For now, any ballet fan, aspiring dancer, or San Jose local who strolls down North First Street this fall will see us right where we have always been — a pale pink building tucked up against a gorgeous mural; a restless and athletic crowd of dancers milling outside the school; a box office window filled with posters from seasons past. If you’re ever in the area, please stop by. We’d love to see you.