Van Gogh inspired “Starry Night” opens State Street Ballet’s season

Posted on Oct 5 by SEASONS Magazine

State Street Ballet Dancers Bonnie Crotzer, Beth Beth Mochizuki and Season Winquest, with Gary McKenzie as Van Gogh

Art, music, theater, and dance combine to portray the life of Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh in the original multimedia production of Starry Night, which will be performed Thursday, October 6 (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, October 9 (2 p.m.) at The Granada Theater.

State Street Ballet Dancers Season Winquest and Jack Stewart

Starry Night was conceived and choreographed by celebrated New York choreographer William Soleau, who has created more than 80 ballets on companies around the world, including acclaimed State Street Ballet productions of Carmina Burana and Appalachian Spring. In Starry Night, Soleau uses an “audacious” structure for a highly dramatic effect that reviewers have called “refreshing in the chances it takes.” Video technology introduces 270 of Van Gogh’s paintings as the virtual canvas on which the dancers create nuances of color and movement.

State Street Ballet Dancers Season Winquest and Jack Stewart, with Gary McKenzie as Van Gogh

The story is told in Van Gogh’s own poetic words through extensive correspondence with his brother Theo, portrayed by actor Michael Daniels. These letters and VanGogh’s striking artworks are the backdrop for a revealing look into one of the truly great artists of the Modern period. Musical selections in the ballet include works by Bartók, Dvořák, Fauré, Finzi, Hovhaness, Panufnik, Saint Saëns, Shostakovich, Vivaldi and Webern.

Tickets for Starry Night are available through The Granada Box Office, 805/899-2222 or by going online to


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