On stage, performing in entrance of an viewers, is the place Jennifer Lauren feels most like herself. “I’ve been dancing since I used to be 3,” Lauren says. “It’s simply who I’m.”
For 25 years, Lauren has danced in skilled ballet firms — first with Alabama Ballet, then, for the previous 15 years, with Miami Metropolis Ballet.
“Performing and dancing, to me, appears like I’m singing by my physique,” Lauren says. “You understand how nice it feels to belt out a track? That’s what dancing appears like. I neglect about all the pieces else aside from what I’m telling by my physique.”
On Sept. 23, Miami Metropolis Ballet, led by inventive director Lourdes Lopez, will open the Cal Performances’ 2022-23 season with George Balanchine’s iconic 1967 Jewels. And on Sept. 25, the Dover Quartet will make its in-person debut after performing two years earlier for Cal Performances at Residence.
Additionally this fall, Cal Performances will current the San Francisco Symphony and its music director Esa-Pekka Salonen, on Oct. 21 for a Halloween-themed live performance; Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan performing 13 Tongues from Oct. 29 to 30; the Soweto Gospel Choir on Nov. 5; and Camille A. Brown and Dancers from Dec. 14 to 16.
For Lauren, performing in Jewels — one in every of her favourite ballets — is particularly thrilling. The three-part ballet is Balanchine’s tackle three international locations’ conventional types of dance. Every half is called after a unique jewel — French is “Emeralds,” American is “Rubies” and Russian is “Diamonds.”
Since Lauren joined Miami Metropolis Ballet in 2007, the corporate carried out Jewels all through the years, however she was by no means solid. Ultimately, she accepted it wouldn’t occur.
However now, in her sixteenth season, she was lastly solid — within the principal function in “Rubies.”
“I used to be super-thrilled after I discovered,” she says.
Whereas “Diamonds” is a classical, pure type of ballet, and “Emeralds” is a swirling combine of lovely ballerinas in lengthy, romantic tutus, Lauren says, “Rubies” is quirky and artistic, by no means the identical twice. It’s enjoyable and jazzy and doesn’t should be excellent.
“It’s simply fully enjoyable,” says Lauren. “Everybody has their very own type and tackle ‘Rubies.’ I don’t suppose you’ll see one dancer who does ‘Rubies’ the identical.”
About Lourdes Lopez
Lourdes Lopez has been the inventive director of Miami Metropolis Ballet for 10 years. She is the primary girl to run the corporate and, till this yr, was the one girl inventive director among the many 10 largest ballet firms within the U.S. (Tamara Rojo was named inventive director of San Francisco Ballet in January 2022.)
Miami Metropolis Ballet simply welcomed a brand new, however seasoned, dancer into the corporate this yr. With the assistance of Lopez and others, Ukrainian dancer Yuliia Moskalenko joined the group as a principal dancer after Russia invaded her dwelling nation. After Moskalenko, who had been a principal of Nationwide Opera of Ukraine, recovers from an harm, she’s going to start performing with the corporate.
“It’s superior that Lourdes has given her this chance to bounce and to start out a brand new life right here,” Lauren says. “We’ve been attempting to offer her as a lot as we are able to and welcome her.”
Lauren says she hopes audiences at Cal Performances will come away from Jewels feeling like they noticed one thing real and are impressed to see extra ballet.
“I really feel like everybody offers their coronary heart and soul to the viewers,” she says. “It’s a particular spirit now we have, and I hope folks really feel like we’ve given them a chunk of ourselves.”
Miami Metropolis Ballet will carry out Jewels by Sunday, Sept. 25. That very same day, the Dover Quartet will carry out three items — Haydn’s Emperor Quartet, Amy Seashore’s 1929 quartet constructed on Alaskan Inuit melodies and Mendelssohn’s third quartet from his Opus 44 — in Hertz Corridor on campus.
The quartet is comprised of two violinists — Joel Hyperlink and Bryan Lee — and violist Hezekiah Leung and cellist Camden Shaw.
Shaw, a founding member of the Dover Quartet, started taking part in the cello at age 6. “I really play the cello as a result of my mother and father wished me to play string quartets with them and my older sister,” he says. “I used to be the final one born, so I had no selection within the matter.”
Regardless that Shaw acquired his begin younger, he says performing in a quartet remains to be extremely onerous work that requires every participant to shortly swap roles.
“I believe it does entice a sure character that enjoys being the soloist for a second, but in addition who actually genuinely enjoys supporting their colleagues, to see them shine. And we take turns with that.”
His finest performances, he says, occur when he’s least conscious of himself — when he disappears, and he’s transported some other place.
“You need to be actually centered on the way you’re feeling within the second,” he says. “Essentially the most excessive solution to put it’s it’s like an ego loss of life. However it’s type of true. Should you’re actually in that zone, then you definitely virtually shouldn’t exist anymore. It’s onerous to get to that, however it’s fantastic when that occurs.”
He says the best way a musician’s physique interacts with an instrument is much like the best way a dancer expresses emotion with motion.
“In case your fingers are working like machines, and your our bodies are working like machines,” Shaw says, “you might be very correct, however there’s one thing totally different concerning the expression.”
The Dover Quartet performs String Quartet No. 12 in F Main (“American”): 4. Finale (Vivace ma non troppo) by Antonin Dvorak. Violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt (proper) has since left the group and Hezekiah Leung joined in September 2022 for the 2022-23 season.
Miami Metropolis Ballet will carry out Sept. 23 to 25 in Zellerbach Corridor, and the Dover Quartet will carry out Sept. 25 in Hertz Corridor. Purchase tickets on-line, by cellphone at (510) 642-9988 or on the ticket workplace at Zellerbach Corridor on campus. Tickets for Miami Metropolis Ballet are $10 for UC Berkeley workers and college. Use this hyperlink to order the discounted tickets or order by cellphone or in individual.
Discounted tickets can be found all season for UC Berkeley college students: For $10, Golden Bear Circle tickets get college students one of the best seats in the home for choose performances; flex passes can be found for any 4, six or eight performances; scholar teams of greater than 10 can get tickets for $15 every; discounted rush tickets go on sale an hour earlier than a efficiency; and Cal college students at all times get 50% off ticket costs for any efficiency.
And UC Berkeley school, workers and alumni, non-UC Berkeley college students and KQED members get $5 off ticket costs.
Purchase tickets and be taught extra concerning the 2022-23 season on Cal Performances’ web site.