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The DanceView Times, San Francisco Bay Area edition

       Volume 1, Number 13   December 22. 2003     An online supplement to DanceView magazine

A Lively Nutcracker

The Nutcracker
Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
December 12, 2003

By Alison Garcia
Copyright ©2003 by Alison Garcia

If you are living in the Bay Area and committing to only one Nutcracker this year, you could do far worse than Dennis Nahat's production for Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, which opened last Friday and runs through December 28. This version, first presented in Cleveland in 1979, is not as elaborate as some—there's no gigantic Christmas tree looming over the set—but plenty to see in the way of lively dancing, good storytelling, smooth choreography, and some impressively combative mice courtesy of the Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley School.
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Mixed Bag

Pilot 42
ODC Theater
December 18, 2003

by Rita Felciano
Copyright ©2003 by Rita Felciano

The Pilot series at ODC Theater is one of ongoing initiatives which attempt to provide solutions to the eternal question of affordable rehearsal space. By now ODC has developed a hierarchy of gthese programs designed to meet needs of choreographers at various tages in their development. Pilot is for those just learning how to structure a public presentation, Migrations features choreographers who have some experience and finally there is the House Special for fully professional dance makers with a specific project in mind.

Pilot has been going on for fifteen years and, not surprisingly, the quality has been a real toss up. Some programs have let you see a whole evening of budding talents that just needed time to develop, others have made you wonder why these people were invited to join the first place. Usually, these evenings are mix of self-conscious trying-to-be different at all costs, sparks of imagination and a fair amount of pedestrian plodding along.
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What's On This Week

Dec. 7-28
San Francisco Ballet
The Nutcracker
War Memorial Opera House

Dec. 22-28
Smuin Ballet
The Christmas Ballet

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater
700 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 978-2787

Dec. 23-28
Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley

Dennis Nahat's
The Nutcracker
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
255 Almaden Boulevard
Box Office: (408) 288-2800









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This weeks' articles


Mindy  Aloff's Letter from New York

The Balanchine Celebration
New York City Ballet:
A Veteran and a Raw Recruit
by Mindy Aloff

Heart and Soul
by Mary Cargill

Kid Stuff
Cas Public's If You Go Down To the Woods Today
by Susan Reiter

San Francisco Ballet:
New Wheeldon (Rush)
by Rita Felciano

New Tomasson (7 For Eight)
by Paul Parish

Possokhov's New Firebird for OBT
by Rita Felciano

Moscow Festival Ballet and Scott Wells
by Paul Parish

Hamburg Ballet's Nijinsky:
Nijinsky—Lost in the Chaos
by Clare Croft

NijinskyMadness and Metaphor
by Alexandra Tomalonis

Nijinsky and the Ballets Russes
by George Jackson

Batsheva: Breaking Down Walls
by Lisa Traiger

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence
by Clare Croft

Choreographers Showcase
by Tehreema Mitha

Zoltan Nagy
by George Jackson







Rita Felciano
Alison Garcia
Ann Murphy
Paul Parish


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