Harmonious Beauty

February 2-3, 2018
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Diablo Ballet celebrates the New Year with the second program of its 2017-2018 season with Harmonious Beauty, February 2-3, 2018 at the Del Valle Theatre in Walnut Creek.

Immediately after each performance, ticket holders are invited to stay for a post-performance Q&A with our dancers, choreographers and musicians followed by a dessert and coffee reception where you can meet and mingle with the dancers!

 

A Cinderella Story

Music: Richard Rodgers
Choreography: Val Caniparoli

The second program of our season features the romantic Ballroom Pas de Deux from Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story that will transport you to a magical time and place. The ballet, commissioned for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and premiered in 2004, is a retro retelling of everybody’s favorite fairy tale complete with vintage couture-inspired costumes and an infused Broadway-meets-ballet-meets-ballroom choreography. A 2015 San Francisco Chronicle review called this ballet “genuinely charming.”

And Here We Are

Music: Piano Quartet in A minor by Gustav Mahler
Choreography: Danielle Rowe

Danielle Rowe, who danced with the Australian Ballet for 10 years as a principal before joining the prestigious Nederlands Dans Theater, is creating a world premiere for Diablo Ballet. This riveting ballet will feature six dancers representing one couple as they move through difficult stages in their relationship.

Libera

Music: Original score by Justin Levitt
Choreography: Lauren Jonas and the Diablo Ballet Dancers

Back by popular demand, is the award-winning short film by Walter Yamazaki, which premiered last year during the company’s 23rd Anniversary Performance. Described as “a short film examining the dancer in two worlds – the world of constraint and the world of infinite freedom – and how they must strive to find balance between the two…” Criticaldance.com wrote about Libera, stating, it “introduced the dancers in a far more intimate and personal way – an exploration of identity, of life purpose, of BE-ing and dance-ness.”

Milieu

Music: A commissioned score by Daniel Berkman
Choreography: Robert Dekkers

Diablo Ballet’s Resident Choreographer, Robert Dekkers, presents the exotic and mysterious Milieu, set to a live performance of a commissioned score by Daniel Berkman. The Huffington Post stated, “The ensemble displayed fearless athleticism as well as drop-dead chic.”

Encores

Music: Cavatina by Joseph Joachim Raff, Alt Wien by Leopold Godowsky (arranged by Jascha Heifetz) and Souvenir d’Ameriqueby by Henri Vieuxtemps
Choreography: Sally Streets

Diablo Ballet’s Artistic Advisor Sally Streets created this ballet for the company in 1996. The ballet is set to music performed by Itzhak Perlman and Samual Sanders, from Encores on violin and piano.

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The performances will be at the Del Valle Theatre in Walnut Creek. See directions

Harmonious Beauty