BALLET SAN JOSE pays Tribute to KAREN GABAY Gabay to retire

BALLET SAN JOSE pays Tribute to KAREN GABAY Gabay to retire as dancer at BSJ after 34 years


Karen Gabay Photo by Chris Hardy.

Karen Gabay Photo by Chris Hardy.


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

Box Office: 408.288.2800 or online at Ballet San Jose’s website


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 Lev Polyakin, for a 1998 concert entitled, Pointe of Departure, which Gabay and Raymond Rodriguez took as the name of their new ballet company in 2000. Ballet San Jose Principal Dancer Maykel Solas partners Gabay in Amour de Gitan.



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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