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What: A Tribute to Ballet San Jose’s Karen Gabay
When: Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 7:00pm
Where: San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Boulevard in downtown San Jose
Why: Principal Dancer Karen Gabay is retiring from Ballet San Jose as a dancer. Her last performance will be in Program Three (R/Evolutionary) on Sunday afternoon, April 21st at 1:30pm. Sunday evening, the company and staff of BSJ will celebrate the 34 years this incredible artist has graced our stages.
Tickets: $40 all seats
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The Program will include:

Choreography: Karen Gabay
Composers: Various
Music: Eleven different Tangos
This ballet for 22 dancers features a closing pas de deux that will reunite Karen Gabay and BSJ Principal Ballet Master Raymond Rodriguez. Their partnership began in 1982.

(Gypsy Love)
Choreography: Karen Gabay
Composer: Maurice Ravel
Music: Tzigane
Soloists: Special musical guest artists, Violinist Lev Polyakin and Pianist George Lopez
Costumes: David Guthrie
This pas de deux was Gabay’s first collaboration with violinist Lev Polyakin, for a 1998 concert entitled, Pointe of Departure. Gabay and Raymond Rodriguez took “Pointe of Departure” as the name of their new ballet company, which they established in 2000. Ballet San Jose Principal Dancer Maykel Solas partners Gabay in Amour Gitan.

THE NUTCRACKER Grand Pas de Duex
Choreography: Karen Gabay
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Music: The Nutcracker, Act II
Karen Gabay will dance portions of the Adagio, from the Grande Pas de Deux, The Nutcracker, Act II with each of the seven different partners in the company that have shared the stage with her in past performances: Maximo Califano, Rudy Candia, Jeremy Kovitch, Ramon Moreno, Anton Pankevitch, Raymond Rodriguez and Maykel Solas.

A video montage of Karen’s work with Ballet San Jose and special tribute and remembrances will also be a part of this special program.

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Photo by Chris Hardy

The Nutcracker        The Nutcracker : Karen Gabay

Program 1        Don Quixote : After Marius Petipa and
               Alexander Gorsky

Program 2        Les Rendezvous : Sir Frederick Ashton
       Méditation from Thaïs : Sir Frederick Ashton
       Clear : Stanton Welch
       Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 : Clark Tippet

Program 3        Duets : Merce Cunningham
       Glow-Stop : Jorma Elo
       Eighty One : Jessica Lang