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Ballet San Jose -- Just Balanchine, March 27-30

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Ballet San Jose presents... JUST BALANCHINE

(a program of three Balanchine ballets)

JUST BALANCHINE, March 27-30, 2008

SERENADE

Choreography: George Balanchine

Music: Serenade in C Major

Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

SERENADE was Balanchine’s first ballet created in the United States and was given its premiere in 1934. Set in four movements, and danced without interruption, the classical romantic ballet is set on 28 dancers performing on a bare stage in the moody ethereal light of the moon, and shows off the lyricism of the female corps.

THEME AND VARIATIONS

Choreography: George Balanchine

Music: Final movement of Suite No. 3 for Orchestra in G minor.

Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Classic ballet in a formal setting of a great ballroom with towering pillars, draperies, and crystal chandeliers. THEME AND VARIATIONS is Ballanchine at his neo-classic best. The dance steps are tightly tied to the music as illustrated by the opening work of the ballerina to the principal theme played by the violins. It requires boldness in the male variations with strong leaps and swift movements. The ensemble plays a very important part in the work with strong technique demanded in all the ensemble variations. In the imperial Russian style, THEME AND VARIATIONS concludes with a regal polonaise for the entire ensemble emphasizing rapid regroupings and shifting of partners.

THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS

Choreography: George Balanchine

Music: Piano and a few Strings

Composer: Paul Hindemith

Subtitled, “Dance without a Plot”, THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS is an abstract work in five parts that explores the classic belief that human beings are made up of four distinct “humors”... melancholic, sanguinic, phlegmatic and choleric. The intricate and abstract piece is danced in a Neo-Classic style that showcases the complexity of this sentiment, and evokes meditation on the different types of human personalities. The dancers are simply clothed in black leotards and pink tights.

DATES/TIMES

Thursday, March 27 at 8:00pm

Friday, March 28 at 8:00pm

Saturday, March 29 at 8:00pm

Sunday, March 30 at 1:30pm (matinee)

LOCATION: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Boulevard in downtown San Jose

BOX OFFICE: 408.288.2800

40 North First Street in downtown San Jose

Buy online at www.balletsanjose.org

GROUP SALES: 408.288.2820 x 204

PRICES: $25-$82 (discounts for students, seniors, groups)

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