Diablo Ballet kicks off the holidays in style as the company presents the opening program of its 2017-2018 season with A Swingin’ Holiday and More, November 10 – 12 at the Del Valle Theatre in Walnut Creek.
Following each performance, ticket holders are invited to stay for a dessert and coffee reception where you can meet and mingle with the dancers!
A Swingin’ Holiday
Music: Duke Ellington, Tom Kubis, Ted Wilson, and arrangements by Greg Sudmeier
Choreography: Sean Kelly
A Swingin’ Holiday was created in 2012 by Sean Kelly who is currently the Resident Director of the first national tour of “An American in Paris.” The ballet is set to the exhilarating music of the 30’s and 40’s, with holiday favorites by legends Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Nat “King” Cole, and Wynton Marsalis, as well as jazzy renditions of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite”, performed by the sixteen-piece Diablo Ballet Swing Orchestra under the Musical Direction of Greg Sudmeier.
Music: Valse Fantaisie in B minor by Mikhail Glinka
Choreography: George Balanchine
The classic masterpiece, Valse Fantaisie, by Balanchine, was originally created in 1953 for the New York City Ballet. Set to the beautiful music of Mikhail Glinka, the ballet is staged by Marina Eglevsky who grew up in dancing royalty at the New York City Ballet, with her famous father, Andre, who was a premier danseur for seven years at New York City Ballet under Balanchine. The ballet was called “a small gem,” in a New York Times review, Valse Fantaisie, the reviewer noted, is a “windswept pattern of pure dancing, attuned to the joyfulness of its waltz rhythms.”
No One Does It Like You
Music: “No One Does It Like You” and “In Ear Park” by Department of Eagles
Choreography: Robert Dekkers
Diablo Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Robert Dekkers presents the touching duet No One Does It Like You. The ballet, originally created for Arizona’s NovaBallet, premiered in July of 2010 at the Tempe Center for the Arts in Tempe, Arizona.