SOURCE: Silicon Valley Ballet

Shannon Atlas Public Relations

August 10, 2015 12:00 ET

Silicon Valley Ballet Announces The Giselle Project: First Performances by an American Company of Cuban Dance Legend Alicia Alonso's Giselle

Special Events Begin September 2015; Performances October 16-18, 2015; San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - August 10, 2015) - Silicon Valley Ballet announces today that its new 2015/16 season will begin with The Giselle Project -- a multi-faceted initiative to include community outreach, special events and performances of Giselle -- choreographed by Cuban choreographer and dance legend Alicia Alonso, October 16-18, San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. In an historic moment celebrating relations between the United States and Cuba, The Giselle Project is the first performance by an American company of Alonso's version of Giselle. Artistic Director José Manuel Carreño will perform the role of Hilarion in select performances. Guest artist Yoel Carreño (Principal Dancer with The Norwegian National Ballet) will also perform in select performances in the role of Albrecht.

Ms. Alonso's legendary production of Giselle will also be staged by Mr. Carreño, who has been handpicked by Ms. Alonso to lead this first re-staging of her most famous work.

"I am very excited to premiere Ms. Alonso's Giselle in the US," says Silicon Valley Ballet Artistic Director José Manuel Carreño. "We are living in an historic moment, with the opening of relations between the US and Cuba after more than 50 years of embargo. Silicon Valley Ballet's Giselle will invite engagement across the economic and cultural spectrum, as it highlights the cultural richness of my home country, Cuba. In addition, the special events hosted by the ballet company will engage the local community of Silicon Valley and beyond, and bring people together to celebrate the US and Cuba."

Giselle Performance Details:

Choreography: Alicia Alonso, after the original choreography by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli

Production Supervised by José Manuel Carreño

Staging by Ana Maria Leyte and Javier Sánchez

Composer: Adolphe Adam

Music: Original ballet score, Giselle, World Premiere, June 28, 1841, Paris, France

Giselle Performance Information:

Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose

Friday, October 16, 2015 8 p.m.

Saturday, October 17, 2015 1:30 p.m.* and 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 18, 2015 1:30 p.m.

*COMMUNITY EVENTS TBA and family friendly performance with discounted ticket prices in selected sections

Subscriptions, Single Tickets and Additional Information

Subscription tickets for the 2015/2016 Season are priced $75-$440 for the four-program season; current subscribers may renew their subscriptions now through mid October to retain their seats. New subscriptions are also on sale at www.balletsj.org. Subscribers receive an array of special options including priority seating, VIP rehearsal access, and other benefits. Regular tickets for individual repertory programs and The Nutcracker are priced $25-$110; Single tickets for the Repertory Season go on sale beginning September 8. Youth/Senior, family pricing, and other special promotions are available by checking www.balletsj.org.

About Silicon Valley Ballet

Silicon Valley Ballet is the largest and oldest ballet company in the Silicon Valley. Founded in 1986 the company's 32 professional dancers hail from five continents, and represent global diversity, creativity and ballet of the highest caliber. For more information visit www.balletsj.org.

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