Former Spur Bruce Bowen to Play Mother Ginger in The Nutcracker

November 25, 2016 - 3:15pm

Since retiring from the Spurs in 2009 after eight seasons that brought him three championship rings and seven consecutive selections to the NBA’s All-Defensive team, Bruce Bowen has split his time between his job as an NBA analyst for ESPN and family life in San Antonio that includes coaching the youth football and basketball teams.  Now, Bowen is about to return to the “field of play” himself. On Friday night, he again will suit up for a live performance, but won’t be wearing his No. 12 Spurs jersey. Instead, he will don the outlandish costume of Mother Ginger and “dance” in Ballet San Antonio’s first of nine performances of the popular holiday ballet, The Nutcracker at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.  Bowen’s role as Mother Ginger doesn’t require pirouettes or jetés, but during rehearsals he was impressed by the athleticism of the dancers who execute the choreography with such grace and precision. “They get up in the air so easily and land so gracefully,” Bowen said. “In basketball, you can get up easily enough, but it’s the landing that is tough. Of course, the dancers don’t have anyone banging and shoving them while they’re in the air. Plus, they point their toes.”

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