Balanchine & Beyond

February 7-8, 2020

Diablo Ballet celebrates the New Year with the second program of its 2019-2020 season with Balanchine & Beyond, February 7-8, 2019 at the Del Valle Theatre in Walnut Creek.

Immediately after each performance, ticket holders are invited to a dessert and coffee reception where you can meet and mingle with the dancers!


Who Cares?

Music: Excerpts of George Gershwin arranged by Hershy Kay
Choreography: George Balanchine

Diablo Ballet presents the fun and high-energy Who Cares? by George Balanchine. When George Gershwin gave Balanchine a book of his songs, the gift sparked the idea for Who Cares?, one of the most joyous of the Balanchine ballets. This fast-stepping, cheeky ballet evokes the lively spirit of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and the 1930s and portrays an exuberance that is broadly American and charged with a distinctive energy.


Music: Orchestral excerpts from French composer Benjamin Godard’s opera “Jocelyn”
Choreography: Penny Saunders

The intricate duet Berceuse by Penny Saunders, originally made its debut in 2011 for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, explores the nuanced line between classical and contemporary dance with a sweeping and intricate vocabulary that expresses the cadence of a love affair.

Bach Suite for Strings

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreography: Sally Streets

Sally Streets’ Bach Suite for Strings created for Diablo Ballet, originally premiered November 24, 1995 at the Lesher Center for the Arts. This lyrical ballet for three couples is set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.


Music: Cesare Pugni
Choreography: Jules Perrot

Inspired by the novel Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo, the ballet was originally choreographed by Jules Perrot to music by Cesare Pugni and premiered in London in 1844. Diablo Ballet will present the bravura Esmeralda Pas de Deux, variations and Coda featuring the whole company, staged by Company Regisseur, Joanna Berman.

Forward Thinking

Music: Justin Levitt
Choreography: Michael Wells

Company dancer Michael Wells makes his choreographic debut with Forward Thinking with music composed and performed live by Justin Levitt.


Tickets go on sale September 3, 2019
The performances will be at the Del Valle Theatre in Walnut Creek. See directions