Dennis Nahat Moves Onward

24 Jul

Following the lamentable events with Ballet San Jose’s organization, Dennis Nahat has been quite engrossed with bringing two productions from the People’s Republic of China to the United States.  In between the many trips he has made over the past eighteen months to Dalian, Dennis has also served on the Isadora Duncan Dance Award Committee and restaged his ballet Ontogony for Company C Contemporary Ballet.  A tall order, but Nahat moves steadily ahead, apparently a juggernaut of calm.

July 22 at a spacious hacienda-like establishment in Saratoga, Nahat provided press and supporters with a glimpse of what will be seen in San Jose October 3-13 under the title of Yulan  with music composed by by Paul Chihara, whose first ballet music was for Michael Smuin’s Shinju.

Apparently Nahat has enjoyed the vaunted position of having a  potential cast of thousands at his disposal, for Yulan will be followed by the The Terracotta Prince, due to open in Pasadena and travel north to San Jose for its engagement December 18-29.  Both the Prince and Yulan are slated for San Jose’s California Theatre, 345 South First Street, San Jose CA 95113.

Before further comments the Box Office telephone is 408-792-4111.

The productions are appearing through Theatre Ventures International, Nahat’s 501 (c) 3, non-profit organization, and United Star Performing Arts Corporation.  There is an interesting tie with San Jose’s sister city relationship with Dublin for the productions aim to raise funds for scholarship exchanges with Ireland’s capital city.

The video teasers for both productions signal that Cirque de Soleil might want to take notes. Acrobats abound,  magicians make their appearance, particularly in the Terracotta Prince production, with feats of balance there for the asking.  The dancers are small, beautifully proportioned and appear to be fearless.

Where Yulan starts with the cosmic egg or equivalent and works its way through geologic and recorded history, The Terracotta Prince relies on the lilting score of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. Anyone familiar with that holiday perennial will enjoy the double treat of the music and seeing what acrobatic wonder from the noted Dalian Acrobatic Troupe fits into which variation  that Russian romantic composed.

Nahat, undeterred, has moved onward promising the Bay Area is going to enjoy some extraordinary razzle-dazzle. Lights, action and camera trot obediently behind one amazing theatrical conjurer in the person of Dennis Nahat.

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