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JOSÈ MANUEL CARREÑO
Discusses BSJ GALA and the future of  the ballet

By Iride Aparicio
Pictures Courtesy: Ballet San José 

International artists Almeida & Gatti
International artists Almeida & Gatti

SAN JOSÉ, CA – BALLET SAN JOSÉ Benefit GALA, an spectacle, which will include world-wide known dancers and guest artists from all over the world,  will be presented on Saturday night,November 16th,  at the S.J. Center for the Performing Arts.

World-famous dancer, JOSE MANUEL CARREÑO, who planned the event,  tells CULTURAL WORLD BILINGUAL, that the Benefit GALA will give the audience an idea of the direction that he, as new Artistic Director of BALLET SAN JOSE, will lead the Company.

“This  GALA is going to be tremendous,” he says,  “and I am excited because  I don’t think  that San Jose’s audience ever saw before so many world-famous dancers, dancing in a single night,  as they are going to see during  the GALA.  I have JULIE KENT, GILLIAN MURPHY, MARCELA GOMES, MISTY COPELAND, DANIEL ULBRICH, just to mention some. I am also bringing ballet dancers from San Francisco: TRAS DOMITRO, MARIA KOTCHETKOVA. It  is  going to be something unique.

Gillian Murphy from ABT in New York

                                                Gillian Murphy from ABT in New York

“The company starts its Season  in December with the “NUT CRACKER,” but I  decided to do this (Benefit)  GALA, for which I am bringing friends, colleagues and partners who had been dancing with me before, to dance  for the San José’s audience. It will be an spectacle, because what I am trying to do is to show San José things that they (the audience)   have never seen before.”

Maria Kowroski from AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE
Maria Kowroski from AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE

“Here (In Silicon Valley)  there is a big Latin Community,” adds CARREÑO, “and  my idea, when I accepted this job, was  that I was going to start bringing to San José Latin choreographers that have  never been seen  here before." 

"In March, 21st, 22nd and 23rd, of next year, I am bringing chorographer  VICENTE NEBRADA originally from Venezuela, and the (BSJ) ballet is going to be performing in one of his most famous pieces: “Nuestros Valzes.”  The other South American choreographer that  I am bringing to the company in March, is JORGE AMARANTE, originally  from Argentina, and we (BSJ)will be doing a piece (Tango)  from him, called  Grafa Tango.

“Right now I am in the process of rehearsing for the GALA, putting all the pieces together,  but  I can’t wait to see the company (BSJ) perform in the future. I   I can’t wait to show  to the Audience the Company  dancing  with these new pieces and to the  new chorographers that I am bringing.”

Because  the 2013-2014  Ballet Season  will be CARREÑO’s first as Artistic Director, we ask him how he feels about it. He smiles.

“I feels good. I feel I just came to Ballet San José at the right time. I bid farewell to American Ballet Theatre in 2011, and when I finished with them I said to myself,  I am going  to continuing dancing for two or three more years, It was during those years that  I got this offer. I like teaching and coaching. I enjoy immensely being in the studios. So to me, to be doing what I am doing now does not feel like work because I love it.”  

The Benefit GALA  program will include dancers from BALLET SAN JOSÉ and from the BALLET SAN JOSE school. Guest artist from AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE:  MISTY COPELAND, MARCELO GOMES, JULIE KENT and GILLIAN MURPHY. Dancers from  THE NEW YORK CITY BALLET: JOAQUIN De LUZ, MEGAN FAIRCHILD, GONZALO GARCIA, MARIA KOWROSKI, ASK La COUR, and MARIA KOWROSKI.  Dancers from  THE SAN FRANCISCO BALLET:  TARAS DOMITRO AND MARIA KOTCHETKOVA. Dancers from the BOSTON BALLET: LORNA FEIJOO and NELSON MADRIGAL, and International guests artists ADIARYS ALMEIDA and  JOSEPH GATTI. The music will be played live  by Symphony Silicon Valley Conducted by BSJ Music Director GEORGE DAUGHERTY.

For those interested in the GALA or in BSJ Season Tickets, they can order them online at balletsanjose.org