“There are 500 things that could go wrong,” Breeden says, and he’s suffered them all, including the smacked chin, banged skull, smashed toes and trips. “I had a year where I’d get caught in the hoop in a different moment each time. OK, so next time, I’d have my mental strategy, like, don’t pull your chin in. And I’d clear that hurdle, and the next sequence I hadn’t over-analyzed would get me.”. But even worse was his year with Boston Ballet, as the Bear in the first-act party scene, which he calls “possibly the worst thing I’ve ever done in my life.” He wore a big, furry head that complicated basic needs such as seeing and breathing. The choreography was virtuosic — difficult, strenuous turns.
Lee Holt, recent work, March 17-May 1, Artist reception 5-7 p.m, March 18, 1870 Art Gallery,1870 Ralston Ave., Belmont, 650-595-9679, “Bay Meadows: The Race is Over.” Photographic art by Raul Alvarez of the last days of Bay Meadows Racetrack, toi toi toi ballet wrap skirt long style! rehearsal, class, performance. tropical print. molly style. the longest continually open equine racetrack in California, Through April 30, Grand Rotunda Gallery, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City, 650-299-0104 or www.historysmc.org, Patrick Dougherty: A site-specific installation, Through Jan, 30, 2012, Also, The Nature of Entanglements, photographs of Patrick Dougherty’s site specific installations, through March 31, Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, www.cityofpaloalto.org/artcenter or 650-329-2366..
Many of the performers in “Nutz” have been associated with the show since Beal staged the original version in 2003, including former Cirque acrobat Wang Hong. “Two young men who started out as Ginger Snaps (in ‘Mixed Nutz!’) are now high-end acrobats,” Beal said. Beal’s take on the holiday classic will be followed with a hometown version of the ballet when “The San Jose Nutcracker” comes to the Hammer Theatre Dec. 17-24. Presented by New Ballet School in partnership with History San José, this “Nutcracker” will feature historical references to the Santa Clara Valley.
At the RYSE “Be a Kid” fundraiser late last month, The Eye showed up to buy a ticket to help the youth program and see all the innovative media arts and other programs provided there, However, The Eye forgot his dancing shoes, Most did not, Soon, the packed building was the scene of a masterful hip-hop performance, as local kids showed off their microphone and beatmaking dexterity and the older folks cut up a rug, Councilman Jael Myrick, the youngest member of the council, showed off some hip-twisting moves, much toi toi toi ballet wrap skirt long style! rehearsal, class, performance. tropical print. molly style. to The Eye’s amazement..
A longtime Python fan himself, Marcel may have passed down his love of satirical British humor to his daughter. “Oh man, I grew up on the material,” he says. “I remember coming home from school and recording ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ off PBS. And then the films—’Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ in particular—I would try to commit to memory and quote back to my friends.”. To pass this pop culture knowledge on to the students in the “Spamalot” cast and crew, Marcel devoted their first two rehearsals to viewing the pertinent source material: In addition to the movie, he screened “The Lumberjack Song” and classic Python sketches involving dead parrots and Spam.