Diablo Ballet celebrates its anniversary with a one-night only special 24th Anniversary Celebration Performance on March 22, 2018 at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek.
Following the performance will be a Gala reception, wine tasting and a delicious dinner with the dancers at Scott’s Garden, walking distance from the Lesher Center. For tickets or information on our Gala, click here.
Black Swan Pas de Deux and Coda from Swan Lake
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Described by the Royal Opera House as “an iconic moment from a ballet that has come to define the art form”, the Black Swan Pas de Deux and Coda from Swan Lake will be staged by Artistic Director Lauren Jonas and the Company’s regisseur Joanna Berman. This bravura pas de deux showcases Diablo Ballet dancers at their finest.
Music: Bachianas Brasileiras No.5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Choreography: Salvadore Aiello
Created by former Royal Winnipeg Ballet choreographer Salvadore Aiello, Solas depicts the agony of a woman mourning the loss of a loved one. The ballet premiered in 1976 and is set to music by Heitor Villa-Lobos, who is considered by many as the “single most significant creative figure in 20th century Brazillian art music.”
World Premiere Film
Music: Composed by Justin Levitt
Choreography: Lauren Jonas and the Diablo Ballet Dancers
From the award-winning filmmaker that brought you Libera, Aterna XXI and We Divine, Walter Yamazaki is creating a a new World Premiere short film to celebrate the company’s 24th Anniversary. In collaboration with composer Justin Levitt, this film is not to be missed.
Music: Gabriel Fauré Élégie
Choreography: Sonya Delwaide
This encore performance by award-winning Canadian choreographer Sonya Delwaide, premiered early 2017 to glowing reviews. This haunting work that centers on three dancers explores the question, “Why do differences have so much more power than our similarities?” Trait d’union will be performed to live music.
The Blue Boy
Music: Ludwig Van Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
Choreography: Trey McIntyre
Trey McIntyre’s exquisite The Blue Boy inspired by the famous Gainsborough painting of the same name, is set to the achingly lovely second movement of Beethoven’s first piano concerto. The ballet premiered in July 2007 by the Trey McIntyre Project at the White Oak Project in Florida and Diablo Ballet premiered the ballet on the West Coast in 2013.