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5.0 / 5 Rated by 5 members
Review from Dan McGrath
17 events 5 reviews

Ballet San Jose put on a wonderful and skillful performance. The program had a nice flow to it going from the stylish modern to the classical romantic to the the narrative to the purely silly (with audience clapping the rhythms). Full of nuance...continued

reviewed May 08 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from James Dunaway
29 events 4 reviews

Very enjoyable and Gaite Parisienne was a HOOT!!

reviewed May 07 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from a dance lover
9 events 3 reviews

Two and one half hour ballet performance with two intermissions during that time. Time went so fast. Pieces were very different but ALL were wonderful. Gaite Parisienne was rollicking. Would definitely go again to see this group.

reviewed May 09 2010 report as inappropriate
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Gaite Parisienne

Choreography Léonide Massine

Music: Jacques Offenbach (Gaite Parisienne) _

Jardin aux Lilas_

Choreography Antony Tudor

Music: Ernest Chausson (Poeme) _


Choreography George Balanchine

Music: Igor Stravinsky (Agon)

A story of romance and high spirits set in a turn-of-the-century café, Gaîté Parisienne features the rousing and uninhibited cancan in a tale of nightlife in old Paris. Magazine calls it “one marvelously crafted bit of business after another… delivered in handsome fashion.”

Jardin aux Lilas_, a dramatic ballet in one act, is a tragedy of manners — a haunting story about a marriage of convenience set in late Victorian England. calls Jardin_ “The first great true drama of 20th Century ballet and still never outclassed.”

Agon, based on a manual of 17th Century French court dances, is one of the land-mark neo-classic ballets from the pairing of Balanchine and Stravinsky. Forced to flee their homeland during revolution, these two great Russian artists forever changed the ballet world when they transplanted their musical and dance heritage onto American soil. Says the New York Times, “Fifty years ago, Modernism was given a name: Agon.”

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