Diablo Ballet Celebrates the New Year with Harmonious Beauty

Diablo Ballet Celebrates the New Year with Harmonious Beauty

Features Val Caniparoli’s “A Cinderella Story


Diablo Ballet celebrates the New Year with Harmonious Beauty, February 2-3 at the Del Valle Theatre in Walnut Creek. The program is composed of four unique ballets and one short film, including a World Premiere by Danielle Rowe.

“A Cinderella Story” is a romantic Ballroom Pas de Deux from Val Caniparoli’s, set to the beautiful and timeless music of Broadway composer Richard Rodgers.

Commissioned for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and in 2004, “A Cinderella Story” 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.

The program also features the World Premiere “And Here We Are” choreographed by Danielle Rowe.  Set to the Piano Quartet in A minor by Gustav Mahler, this riveting ballet will feature six dancers representing one couple as they move through difficult stages in their relationship.

Diablo Ballet’s Artistic Advisor, Sally Streets, presents “Encores” which was originally created for the company in 1996.  The ballet is set to Cavatina by Joseph Joachim Raff, Alt Wien by Leopold Godowsky (arranged by Jascha Heifetz) and Souvenir d’Ameriqueby by Henri Vieuxtemps performed to a recording by Itzhak Perlman and Samual Sanders.

The award-winning short film “Libera” by Walter Yamazaki just won the U.S. Hollywood International Golden Film Award for Excellence in Music. The film was premiered last year during the company’s 23rd Anniversary Performance.   With an original score composed by Justin Levitt, the film is 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 a balance between the two…” Criticaldance.com wrote, “(Libera) introduced the dancers in a far more intimate and personal way – an exploration of identity, of life purpose, of Being and dance-ness.”

The final ballet of the program will be Resident Choreographer, Robert Dekkers’, exotic and mysterious “Milieu”, set to a live performance of a commissioned score by Daniel Berkman. The last time the company performed the ballet, Huffington Post stated, “The ensemble displayed fearless athleticism as well as drop-dead chic.”

Immediately following each performance, ticket holders are invited to stay for a post-performance Q&A with the dancers, choreographers, and musicians followed by a dessert and coffee reception.
Tickets are $25-47.  For tickets, call 925-943-SHOW or visit www.lesherartscenter.org.

The performances are Friday, February 2 at 8:00 pm and Saturday, February 3 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm