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Ballet San Jose -- Firebird/Mendelssohn May 1-4, 2008

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Ballet San Jose presents... THE FIREBIRD

Maria Jacobs is the title character in Dennis Nahat's THE FIREBIRD

THE FIREBIRD May 1-4, 2008

Choreography: Dennis Nahat

Music: The Firebird

Composer: Igor Stravinsky

Scenery and Costumes: Ian Falconer

Lighting: Kenneth Keith

Danced to a groundbreaking score by Igor Stravinsky, this Russian fairy tale tells of a prince who captures the mysterious Firebird. To gain her release, the Firebird gives the prince a feather, with the promise of her magic intercession if he should ever need it. Little does he realize how soon he will have to call on her, and how many people she will be asked to save from the monstrous ruler of the enchanted forest, The Immortal Kastchei. When Dennis Nahat’s version of the classic story had its world premiere in October, 2005 it won rave reviews and audience acclaim. With three-dimensional scenery and dynamic costumes by Ian Falconer that range from the beautiful to the ghoulish, this FIREBIRD will wow adults and children alike with its passion, its drama and its magic.


Choreography: Dennis Nahat

Music: Symphony #4 in A Major, Opus 90

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn

Set to Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, “The Italian”, Nahat creates a memorable work (first performed by American Ballet Theatre in 1971) by showcasing his signature style of varied tempos and rhythms. An abstract, joyful ballet undertaken in the classical style, the piece progresses through four movements that culminate in a lively saltarello.


Thursday, May 1 at 8:00pm

Friday, May 2 at 8:00pm

Saturday, May 3 at 1:30pm (children’s 1-hour matinee) and 8:00pm

Sunday, May 4 at 1:30pm (full-length 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 and groups)

NOTE: Pricing for the Children’s Matinee on Saturday, May 3rd is reduced. Tickets: $16-$47

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