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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!

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Tales from the BSJ Box Office: Holiday Windows, Pink Trees and Old Friends

The holidays have arrived at the Ballet San Jose Box Office!

The holidays have arrived at the Ballet San Jose Box Office! (Photo by Dennis Keefe)

LAUREN AND DENNIS HAVE BEEN way too busy to blog lately — which is a really good thing! — but they did want to take a moment to wish everyone a joyous holiday season!

From Dennis:

I recently put up some icicle lights, a wreath, and a Nutcracker in the Box Office window. Meanwhile, Lauren has been assigned the task of putting ornaments on her pink holiday tree, but she seems to think that answering the box office phone is more important, so the poor tree is still only half decorated!

We are watching seats for The Nutcracker disappear before our very eyes as the number of online purchasers has increased drastically this year. There are a couple of performances that will soon be completely sold out!

We’ve been listening to holiday music to keep our spirits up while the weather turns colder and our days grow busier. Speaking of music, did you know that Lauren is a songbird? She has her own jazz band that performs  several times a month throughout the city. We can’t wait to hear her sing. We also have the pleasure of listening to the busy workers as they get the beautiful costumes ready for the show. There are roadboxes upon roadboxes full of costumes right outside our door.

Here’s another interesting piece of news: starting this Thursday, not only are we staying open until 6:00 PM — we’ll also have the wonderful assistance of Jess Hutchins once again! He is returning to the Box Office for the Christmas season because Lauren and I can no longer do it alone. Yes, we are THAT busy!

Mostly, we cannot wait to see this year’s production. Every season brings a new reason to see this production of The Nutcracker because every year the dancers, the lighting, the costumes, the sets all are just a little bit different than they were the year before. We love to stand in the lobby after the curtain goes up and watch the show on the TV monitors. We have so much fun pointing out the little nuances we’ve missed in the past. Maybe this year we’ll catch Lauren doing her best Cabriole (I looked that one up on Wikipedia) through the empty lobby!

Happy holidays!
Dennis (and Lauren) 

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Ballet San Jose to Offer Deep Discounts to Military Personnel for 2011 ‘Nutcracker’ Tickets

Act I, Scene 3: "A Curious Combat" between the Mouse King and the Nutcracker Army, as performed by Ballet San Jose.

Act I, Scene 3: "A Curious Combat" between the Mouse King and the Nutcracker Army, as performed by Ballet San Jose.

A VETERANS DAY ANNOUNCEMENT FROM BALLET SAN JOSE: Box Office Manager Dennis Keefe is excited to announce DEEP DISCOUNTS for all Military Personnel for NUTCRACKER tickets.

For all full-priced programs (those performed with Symphony Silicon Valley), military can buy tickets for themselves and their families at half price in sections 2, 3, & 4 of the theater. And for Family Matinee programs (which are performed to a recorded score and already discounted by 30%), military can use the senior/child discount of $5 off per ticket. This is the first time Ballet San Jose has given such a deep discount to the military!

Advanced tickets MUST be purchased IN PERSON at the BSJ Box Office at 40 North First Street in downtown San Jose. Military I.D. must be presented. Tickets can be purchased on the day of a performance at the San Jose Center For The Performing Arts, located at 255 Almaden Boulevard at the corner of Park Avenue.

PLEASE PASS THIS ON and let’s make it a great holiday season for our men and women in arms.

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Tales from the BSJ Box Office: Smells like Christmas Spirit

Ballet San Jose Box Office Staff

Dennis and Lauren hold down the fort in the Ballet San Jose box office

HEY, BALLET SJ FANS. Now that Halloween is over, it is officially Christmas season in the retail world. A great way to avoid the lines and parking lots of department stores and shopping malls is to buy your friends and loved ones tickets to a live theatrical event. How about sending them to see Ballet San Jose’s The Nutcracker? A lot of people in the Bay Area seem to purchase their tickets at the “last minute.” They wait until a week before the show opens. And what happens to these people? They find that we don’t have any of those amazing front-and-center seats left, or they find that our lowest priced tickets are already sold out.

We have amazing front-and-center seats available RIGHT NOW for $100 each, but they won’t last long. These are the seats everyone wants! Get them before they’re gone by calling (408) 288-2800 or visiting the Ballet San Jose web site.

Or, if the economy has hit you like it has hit some of us, we have several different lower priced options, including seats as low as $20.00. We have some performances which we like to call “Family Matinees.” These performances are sold at reduced prices, but you get the same show — the only difference being that at these particular performances, there is no live orchestra. Instead, the whole show is performed to a recorded musical score.

FUN FACT: These reduced-price shows used to be called the “Children’s Series” and included only Act 1 of The Nutcracker. This year, however, we have decided to give you both Act 1 and Act 2 at the same discounted rates. How amazing is that?

Signing off,

And a note from Lauren about Group Sales for Ballet San Jose’s THE NUTCRACKER:

Hey all! Interested in getting a group together to come see The Nutcracker this year? You’re in luck. Because we do offer great group rates for parties of ten or more. For every ten tickets you buy, you receive one FREE ticket. Our lowest prices are for our “Family Matinees,” which range from $20-65.00. These are GREAT prices, and this is going to be a wonderful show you don’t want to miss! Book your tickets now for the best seating available by calling (408) 288-2820 Ext. 219!

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