Diablo Ballet Kicks off 20th Anniversary Season with Premieres and A Swingin’ Holiday
Program Line-up to Include Diablo Ballet Premieres by Vicente Nebrada, Mário Radačovský and the 2013 Edition of A Swingin’ Holiday accompanied by the Diablo Ballet Swing Orchestra
Diablo Ballet, the award–winning, professional dance company in Walnut Creek, CA, begins its landmark 20th season on Saturday, November 9th at the Smith Center at Ohlone College in Fremont and continues Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek with the Diablo Ballet premiere of Our Waltzes Trilogy by renowned choreographer Vicente Nebrada of Ballet Nacional de Caracas. The Ballet premiered in May 1976 for the Nacional Ballet de Caracas in Bogotá, Colombia. Diablo Ballet’s David Fonnegra, who danced the ballet numerous times under Mr. Nebrada, is one of a handful of individuals given the honor to stage this work. This passionate ballet that celebrates romance and love can be compared to ballroom dancing with Latin influences and is set to Teresa Carreño’s beautiful piano score. Diablo Ballet’s performances will feature beloved Bay Area concert pianist, Roy Bogas.
Also on the program is the West Coast Premiere of Compulsive, choreographed by Mário Radačovský, former principal dancer with Jiri Kylian’s Netherlands Dance Theatre and Artistic Director of the Slovak National Theatre. This fun and emotive solo won the senior bronze medal at the 2010 International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. Set to the music of Yann Tiersen, this powerful dance depicts Mr. Radačovský’s European dramatic and athletic sensibility.
The November program also features the 2013 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. In 2012, the SF Chronicle raved, “The Company has a hit on its hands!” Diablo Ballet’s new 2013 edition features favorite holiday tunes and songs from the 30’s and 40’s by such legends as Duke Ellington, Nat “King” Cole, Wynton Marsalis, and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite performed live by the Diablo Ballet Swing Orchestra, under the direction of Greg Sudmeier.
For 20 years, Diablo Ballet has been the award-winning, professional dance company for Contra Costa County. Presenting acclaimed classical and contemporary works, the Company is also committed to exposing youth to the arts through the renowned PEEK Youth Outreach Program, bringing in-school arts education to over 5,000 elementary school students in under-served Contra Costa counties. The Program was recently recognized by Congressman John Garamendi, Assembly Member Joan Buchanan and Assembly Member Susan Bonilla for outstanding contributions to the community.
20th Season Opening: Performances: Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 2:00 and 8:00 pm. Location: Smith Center at Ohlone College, 43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont, CA 94539. Purchase tickets online at www.diabloballet.org or by calling (877) 938-9240. Friday, November 15, 2013 at 8:00 pm and Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Location: Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. Purchase tickets online or by calling (925) 943-7469. Note: Following the November 9th and 16th matinees, ticket holders are invited to meet and mingle with the dancers. Children under 12 may also have their photo taken with the dancers in costume.