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Ballet San Jose Concludes Its 2014 Repertory Season with CARMEN AND IN THE UPPER ROOM, 5/9-11

Ballet San Jose Concludes Its 2014 Repertory Season with CARMEN AND IN THE UPPER ROOM, 5/9-11

Ballet San Jose will conclude its 2014 repertory season-the first under the leadership of new Artistic Director José Manuel Carreño-with Roland Petit's iconic story ballet, Carmen, and Twyla Tharp's masterful In the Upper Room in three performances May 9-11 at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Considered one of Twyla Tharp's most accomplished and striking works, In the Upper Room features a commissioned score by Philip Glass that both propels and liberates the dancers in Tharp's physically demanding choreography. Since its premiere in 1949, Carmen has remained one of inventive French choreographer Roland Petit's most popular ballets for its keen character studies, theatrical staging and soaring dances. Performances will be given Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10, at 8 pm and Sunday, May 11, at 1:30 pm. For more information about Ballet San Jose, visit www.balletsj.org .

Repertory Program 3: Masterworks of Movement and Theatre
Friday, May 9, at 8 pm
Saturday, May 10, at 8 pm
Sunday, May 11, at 1:30 pm

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

Carmen (1949)
Choreography: Roland Petit
Composer: Georges Bizet

In the Upper Room (1986) COMPANY PREMIERE
Choreography:Twyla Tharp
Composer: Philip Glass

About Ballet San Jose

Known for bold and inventive programming that matches the creativity and innovation of its Silicon Valley home, Ballet San Jose is the second largest professional ballet company in California. In 2013 the Company named former American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer José Manuel Carreño Artistic Director and former Ballet San Jose Principal Ballet Master Raymond Rodriguez Associate Artistic Director.

The critically-acclaimed company produces an annual season of mixed-repertory programs and full-length ballets, includingThe Nutcracker, at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts. Through its strategic relationship with American Ballet Theatre (ABT), Ballet San Jose has achieved new and rapid artistic growth with access to productions from ABT's extensive repertory, association with its network of renowned choreographers, directors, and artists as well as to ABT's renowned National Training Curriculum for ballet faculty and students - making Ballet San Jose's school the exclusive ABT-certified institution on the West Coast.

Ballet San Jose produces professional performances of the highest artistic standard, which enhance to the cultural life of the community, and are accessible to the broadest possible audience. Ballet San Jose is committed to providing interactive arts education for children, youth, and adults through its ballet school and outreach programs, focusing on both professional training and on general community enrichment.

Ballet San Jose began in 1986 as a co-venture relationship with Cleveland Ballet, under the leadership of Artistic Director Dennis Nahat. The San Jose Cleveland Ballet spanned the two cities for nearly 15 years before Ballet San Jose was re-established in 2000 as an independent resident company in San Jose.

Tickets are priced $30-$105 and may be purchased at www.balletsj.org or by calling 408-288-2800.


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