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Memory Book - Program 2: Program of Premieres (April 13 -15, 2012)


Splendid Isolation III
Gustav Mahler wrote his Fifth Symphony in the midst of his rapid courtship and marriage
to Alma Maria Schindler. The pas de deux is inspired by Alma and by the conditions that
Mahler set upon their marriage, requiring her to forgo musical studies and her
aspirations to compose, and instead support his creative life.

Splendid Isolation III (Company and Bay Area Premiere)
Choreography: Jessica Lang
Music: Adagietto from Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony

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All photos by Robert Shomler.
Maria Jacobs-Yu and Ramon Moreno.

"Jessica Lang's visually impressive Splendid Isolation III …received a first-rate interpretation by Maria Jacobs-Yu and Ramon Moreno."
Rita Felciano, San Jose Mercury News

" …unique and fascinating…Lang has choreographed a stunning couple partnering, centered around and symbolized by an enormous, pleated, flowing, white gown. Splendid Isolation*nbsp;III is as well conceived and accomplished as any ballet I have seen anywhere, and a jewel in the repertoire of Ballet San Jose."
Michael Phelan,

"The Mahler Adagietto added another major star of the performances, the wonderfully wrought lighting effects. [Kenneth Keith after MK Stewart] A spotlight opened on a shimmering, dominant white gown and its expansive train—courtesy of designer Elena Comendador—that evolved from a royal pillar, to a cocoon, to a veil, and then to a shroud. At times, the poses assumed the manner of a Klimt study of sexual surrender, while the lighting either intensified the white gown or revealed its sullen contours."
Gary A. Lemco, The Classical Music Guide