its premiere in 2016, The San Jose Nutcracker has been focused on
representing the culture of the San Jose area. In emphasizing local vitality in the production, The
New Ballet's Artistic Director and Choreographer Dalia Rawson said,
"This special ballet celebrates San Jose and the history and
heritage that helped make our hometown the center of innovation and
creativity it is today."
their fiftieth anniversary, Los Lupeños Juvenil is the youth
performing ensemble of Groupo Folklórico Los Lupeños de San Jose.
Dancers from the group, who will perform alongside the classical
ballet dancers, will be featured in the Bougainvillea section of the
second act of the ballet, with choreography by Los Lupeños Artistic
Director Samuel Cortez.
College of Adaptive Arts of San Jose uses the arts to help adults
with disabilities to become successful, contributing citizens.
Performers from their School of Dance will perform
an opening number on their own at the
Christmas Eve performance at 2:00pm. Director
of the CAA School of Dance Janet Heathcote said, "We are looking
forward to expanding our collaborations with New Ballet, and can't
wait to perform on December 24th."
internationally recognized Ragazzi Boys Chorus will perform in the
Land of Snow scene along with The New Ballet Orchestra, led by
conductor Thomas Shoebotham. "We are thrilled about the Ragazzi
Boys Choir's participation," said Shoebotham, "Adding
the element of a live choir to our full symphony orchestra will make
this year's production even more magical."
to the originality of this year's production is the artistry of drag artist George
Downes, aka Woo Woo Monroe, who performs in the role of Casa de
Fruta. Sponsored by the iconic Hollister-based fruit stand of the same name,
Casa de Fruta leads her dancing cherries, apricots, and plums in the
Valley of Heart's Delight, an earlier sobriquet for Santa Clara
addition to dancers, local fine artist and muralist Lacey
Bryant completes her three year-long project of creating the
stage scenery for the party scene in this year's production. In previous productions Bryant
created a skyline of 1905 San Jose and hanging set pieces to frame
the stage. This year she has completed the scenery with a large wall
piece. The set for the first scene of the ballet is loosely inspired
by Villa Montalvo, with whimsical elements such as painted tiles
inspired by California poppies and portraits of supporters of The New
Ballet Studio Company and School. A fervent lover of ballet, Lacey
said, "I met director Dalia Rawson when she purchased one of my
paintings that was inspired by her dancers on stage. I'm looking
forward to continued collaborations with The New Ballet."
San Jose Nutcracker appears at the Hammer Theatre Center from December
14th through 24th. For tickets see
sanjosenutcracker.com or call 408-924-8501.