Nutcracker is a family favorite during the holidays and for many has become a family tradition. The magic of Bruce Steivel's Nutcracker has mesmerized audiences of all ages in Las Vegas, Reno and San Mateo. The one thing we hear over and over again from our San Mateo audience is "it's too bad you don't have live music".
In March of 2015, Bay Pointe Ballet Artistic Director Bruce Steivel and Conductor Derek Tam were commissioned to perform Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals. Steivel and Tam started talking about how essential live music was for ballet, though the expense often proves to be too great an obstacle. Tam went to the drawing board, sharpened his pencil and came up with a reasonable budget. After a bit more discussion, Steivel and Tam announced they were planning on adding an orchestra to Bay Pointe Ballet's 2015 production of Nutcracker. All that was left to do was raise the funds.
Tam is hand picking musicians to become the first Bay Pointe Ballet Orchestra. Performances will take place at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center on December 12, 13, 19 and 20. All four performances will include a live orchestra.
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Bay Pointe Ballet artistic director Bruce Steivel travels to Tianjin, China, to set his production of Giselle on Tianjin Ballet, one of China's national ballet companies. Steivel's rendition of the romantic-era classic has previously been performed by Hong Kong Ballet, as well as Nevada Ballet Theatre of Las Vegas where it originally premiered in 1992.
Accompanying Steivel will be Bay Pointe Ballet principal dancer Edilsa Armendariz, who will be dancing the lead role of "Giselle." Partnered by one of the Tianjin Ballet's principal dancers, Armendariz will train and rehearse with the company for several weeks before the ballet's premier on