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Executive Director

Ballet San Jose

Associate Director of Development

San Francisco Ballet


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The plan for Ballet San Jose to link up with the American Ballet Theatre began last August, said BSJ Executive Director Stephanie Ziesel as "a very simple lamenting between sisters. I was saying, 'I don't know what to do for this company.'"

From the 'simple lamenting between sisters' has come a complexity of intrigue, sorrows, and contention as well as a suggestion of new directions for a company that has long had to fight for audience share with its powerhouse northern neighbor, San Francisco Ballet (where Stephanie Ziesel was associate director of development before joining Ballet San Jose in 2009). Stephanie Ziesel's sister, Mary Jo Ziesel, is the director of education and training at American Ballet Theatre School in New York.
Stephanie Ziesel and Kathy Kolder, co-founder of Fry's Electronics
Ziesel said the ABT program, which consists of a three-tier certification process for dancers as well as teachers, will provide an underpinning of "identifiable standards.
Ziesel said the plan for Ballet San Jose is to provide such training for the school's faculty and also for as many dancers in the company - currently there are 33 - as possible.
New ballets, Ziesel said, will be staged by their choreographers.
Ziesel said yesterday that the dancers, whose contract ends May 17, had been told of most of the ballets but three were yet to be determined.
Asked what difference it made for Fry to have removed himself if one of his employees was still on the board, Ziesel said, "If the question that you're asking is whether this is designed to create some kind of structure where he is not involved and is just operating through his functionaries, that is not the case.
The absence of a hierarchy in the new order, similar to the "flat" nature of many Silicon Valley companies, "is something we're going to try out," Ziesel said.
Asked to comment on the way Nahat has been treated - simply as a human being, rather than in her role as executive director - Ziesel said, "I am indeed a human being," adding wryly, "you see me sitting before you.

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According to Executive Director Stephanie Ziesel, Fry -- who declined through a spokesman to be interviewed for this story -- has wanted to be less involved in administrative duties, but his firm will continue its financial support.

Fry's Electronics has given more than $20 million to the ballet since March 2004, according to Ziesel, and Fry's VP Kathryn Kolder will remain a board member.
Ziesel said in an interview that the company's artistic leadership will be divided for the rest of the 2011-12 season between veteran company dancer and stage director Raymond Rodriguez and Wes Chapman, ex-artistic director of a satellite troupe at New York's American Ballet Theatre.
On Dec. 22, Ziesel announced a new partnership with American Ballet Theatre, which is expected to give Ballet San Jose access to the prestigious New York troupe's coaching and some of its repertory.
As for recent changes in Nahat's role, Ziesel said she couldn't comment for publication. She did say, "We hope to come to an agreement that will maintain his continued involvement in an appropriate capacity."
Ziesel, however, said there have been no violations.
Ziesel said, "We believe very firmly that there has been no violation of ... the collective bargaining agreement," and Meijer "has earned every role that she's been given and every accolade that she's gotten."
The ballet ended its fiscal year last June with a $1 million surplus, which it used to pay off a $1 million accumulated deficit, Ziesel said.
In part, the company's uncertain revenue situation triggered its latest moves, said Ziesel. The restructuring -- especially the ABT partnership -- represents an effort to "invigorate the institution," she said.
Ziesel said she "continues to hope that Dennis will stay involved ... to stage his wonderful repertory of ballets," but acknowledged no fee structure was set for that.
Ziesel responded, "The board of trustees of Ballet San Jose has not exerted undue, improper or even uncommon influence over the artistic process."

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Stephanie Ziesel, Ballet San Jose's incoming executive director, may be just what the doctor ordered.

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