Diablo Ballet Announces 22nd Season

2015-2016 Program Line-up to Include George Balanchine’s Apollo, Premieres and a new production of Carnival of the Animals

 Diablo Ballet dancers Amanda Farris and Christian Squires (Photo Credit:  Berenger Zyla)

Diablo Ballet dancers Amanda Farris and Christian Squires (Photo Credit: Bérenger Zyla)

(Walnut Creek, CA) — Diablo Ballet is pleased to announce its 22nd season of the Power of Dance to feature works by George Balanchine, Val Caniparoli, alumna Tina Kay Bohnstedt and a new production of Carnival of the Animals by Resident Choreographer/Dancer Robert Dekkers. The Company will also present the 2015 Edition of A Swingin’ Holiday by Sean Kelly performed by the Diablo Ballet Swing Orchestra under the musical direction of Greg Sudmeier.

“Diablo Ballet’s 22nd Season will continue its vision of nurturing choreographers from within as well as the work of renowned dance makers. I am extremely thrilled to present the work of George Balanchine and Val Caniparoli, choreographers, who have made a profound impact in the Company’s repertoire since Diablo Ballet’s inception”, says Lauren Jonas, Diablo Ballet’s Artistic Director and Co-Founder.

Diablo Ballet’s 22nd Season begins November 13th, 2015 at the Del Valle Theatre in Walnut Creek with the Diablo Ballet premiere of the pas de deux from Tchaikovsy Dances by award winning choreographer Norbert Vesak set to Tchaikovsky’ score from the opera, Eugene Onegin, made famous by the internationally-adored duo Cynthia Gregory and Fernando Bujones. Resident Choreographer Robert Dekkers presents a reprisal of his AnOther, to Yann Tiersen’s music from the film, Amelie. Also on the program is the 2015 Edition of A Swingin’ Holiday, created in 2012 by Sean Kelly, former resident choreographer for the national tour of the musical Billy Elliot and former principal of Houston Ballet. Set to the exhilarating music of the 30’s and 40’s, enjoy your favorite holiday tunes 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 Diablo Ballet Swing Orchestra, under the musical direction of Greg Sudmeier.

A Swingin’ Holiday and More-22nd Season Opening Performances: 

  • Friday, November 13, 2015, at 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 14, at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
  • Sunday November 15 at 2:00 pm
  • Location: Del Valle Theatre, 1963 Tice Valley Boulevard, Walnut Creek, CA 94595.
  • Purchase tickets online at www.LesherArtsCenter.org or by calling (925) 943-7469.  Following each performance, ticket holders are invited to meet and mingle with the costumed dancers and celebrate Diablo Ballet’s 22nd Season.

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Diablo Ballet’s season continues with Precision and Balance February 5-6, 2016 at the Del Valle Theatre in Walnut Creek with the full production of Apollo by George Balanchine, My Way by beloved company alumna Tina Kay Bohnstedt, set to Frank Sinatra, and Milieu by Robert Dekkers, set to a live performance of a commissioned score by Daniel Berkman. Each performance is followed by an exlusive complimentary reception with tasty gourmet delicacies and Peet’s Coffee, with an opportunity for the audience members to get up close and personal with the artists.

Precision and Balance — Performances:  

  • Friday, February 5, 2016, at 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 6, 2016, at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm.  
  • Location: Del Valle Theatre, 1963 Tice Valley Boulevard, Walnut Creek, CA. 94598.
  • Purchase online at www.LesherArtsCenter.org or by calling (925) 943-7469.

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On March 17, 2016, Diablo Ballet will celebrate its 22nd Anniversary and St. Patrick’s Day with a special performance at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. Featuring stunning works from the Ballet’s 22-year history, the celebration includes Tears from Above by renowned dance maker Val Caniparoli, Sérénade pour Cordes et Corps by dy­namic award-winning Canadian choreographer Sonya Delwaide, the romantic pas de deux and finale from La Fille Mal Gardée, and a breathtaking World Premiere by Robert Dekkers in collaboration with film-maker, Walter Yamazaki. Following the performance will be a Gala reception, wine tasting and sumptuous dinner with the dancers at Scott’s Garden, walking distance from the Lesher Center.

22nd SEASON CELEBRATION — Performance:

  • Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 6:30 pm
  • Location: Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.  
  • Purchase tickets online at www.LesherArtsCenter.org or by calling (925) 943-7469.
  • Gala: Scott’s Garden, 1333 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek, CA. 94596.
  • Purchase online at www.DiabloBallet.org or by calling (925) 943-1775.

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The season concludes with Celebrated Masters May 6-7, 2016 at Del Valle Theatre featuring the Diablo Ballet with a new production of Carnival of the Animals set to the music of romantic French composer Saint-Saëns and choreographed by Robert Dekkers, the breathtaking Hamlet and Ophelia by acclaimed dance maker Val Ca­niparoli, and a new work by Isadora Duncan Dance Award winner Gary Masters. Dance Magazine named Masters “one of the most gifted performers in contempo­rary dance.” A complimentary dessert, and  Peet’s Coffee post-performance reception will offer an opportunity to mingle with the dancers and artistic staff.

Celebrated Masters — Performances:  

  • Friday, May 6, 2016, at 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 7, at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm 
  • Location: Del Valle Theatre, 1963 Tice Valley Boulevard, Walnut Creek.
  • Purchase online at www.LesherArtsCenter.org or by calling (925) 943-7469.

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About Diablo Ballet

For 22 years, Diablo Ballet has been the award-winning, professional dance company for Contra Costa County.  Presenting acclaimed classical and contemporary works, the Company is committed to exposing youth to the arts through the renowned PEEK Youth Outreach Program, bringing arts education to over 5,000 elementary school students in under-served Alameda and Contra Costa counties each year. PEEK has been recognized by policy makers of the Senate, Congress and Assembly for its outstanding contribution to the community.

  • Ticket Prices are $26 for youth and $44-$54 for adults
  • SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGES for the season are also available for $275 for all three Walnut Creek performances and the special March 17th 22nd Anniversary program.  Other packages include a special youth series at $170.  Among other privileges, subscribers are invited to private invitational pre- and post-performance receptions.  New subscribers will receive a special gift from Walnut Creek Yacht Club in downtown Walnut Creek.