Ballet dancers spend an unusual amount of time on their toes, much like the coworker who creeps up behind your chair every day just to watch you for a while. Gaze at grace with this GrouponLive deal.
- One three-ticket subscription to see California Ballet’s Dracula, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty
- Where: San Diego Civic Theatre
- Door time: one hour before each performance
- Ticket values include all fees.
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- Click here to view the seating chart.<p>
Staged just in time for Halloween, Dracula brings Bram Stoker’s opus to life by fusing the music of Wagner with gypsy brass. It was originally conceived and choreographed for the company by the late Charles Bennett in 1987, and has since gone on to draw critical acclaim and enjoy numerous productions from coast to coast. Mina Murray, Jonathan Harker, and the vampire-slaying scholar Professor Van Helsing engage the titular ghoul in a deadly dance that incorporates tango and waltz as an undercurrent of unrequited passion runs throughout. In a 1992 interview, Bennett told the Hartford Courant, “It’s basically a love story . . . my assumption is that Dracula certainly falls in love with all these women,” though he makes the classic romantic mistakes of coming on too strong and being an incarnation of pure evil.<p>
Produced with an assist from the San Diego Symphony, The Nutcracker brings back a well-known holiday tradition. On Christmas Eve, Clara’s toys come to life to help stave off the villainous Mouse King as Tchaikovsky’s score tip-toes, then sprints to a magical climax. Audiences are invited to meet the cast at post-show Sugar Plum Parties after matinee performances.<p>
Written by Tchaikovsky in 1889, Sleeping Beauty has stood as one of ballet’s most beloved pieces since its glowing debut at St. Petersburg’s Imperial Maryinsky Theatre. The traditional tale of a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years by a malevolent fairy comes alive with choreography adapted from legendary ballet master Marius Petipa, whose powerful and technically dazzling movements have remained the standard for more than a century.
Even when a ballet imposes technical challenges and its reputation raises expectations to near-impossible levels, California Ballet's dancers and artists don't shy away. Much of the company's repertoire reads like a 19th-century Top-10 list—Midsummer Night's Dream, Coppelia, Swan Lake—yet it makes each staging uniquely its own, either by revamping the choreography, casting The Nutcracker with upwards of 200 students from its dance school, or creating sets and costumes that would dazzle an "Ooooh" out of a royal guardsman.