Dancers use their bodies to express emotions, unlike opera singers, who use their voices, and Punchin' Jack, who only uses his fists. Get an eyeful of art with this GrouponLive deal to see Diablo Ballet’s world premiere of A Swingin’ Holiday, along with other ballet pieces at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. For $25, you get one ticket for floor-level seating in row A or B in the left, right, and center sections; rows C–L of the left and right sections; rows M–Q in the left and right sections; or rows M–P in the center section (a $50 value). Seats are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Choose between the following performances:
- Friday, November 16, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, November 17, at 8 p.m.
Diablo Ballet opens its 19th season with the world premiere of A Swingin’ Holiday, an upbeat number that captivates eyes and ears with choreography by Broadway’s Sean Kelly and the holiday music of the ‘30s and ‘40s. Following the cues of Grammy-nominated Musical Director Greg Sudmeier, a live band runs through festive hits by Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole as ballerinas trade their pirouettes for energetic swing-dance steps.
Before A Swingin’ Holiday makes its debut, the California premiere of Lento a Tempe a Appassionato warms up the stage with a passionate, three-movement duet choreographed by Vicente Nebrada of Ballet Nacional de Caracas. The evening also includes a performance with SjDANCEco of José Limón’s The Moor's Pavane, a 20-minute ballet that explores the themes of jealousy and death found in Shakespeare’s Othello. At the end of each night, audience members are invited across the street to Massimo Ristorante for a complimentary cup of coffee and a meet and greet with the dancers.
Deemed 2012's Best Dance Troupe in East Bay by Diablo magazine, Diablo Ballet's 10 international dancers have enthralled audiences of all ages with live performances since 1993. During contemporary and classical ballets, the performers call upon their experience pirouetting with prestigious dance companies––including the Bavarian National Ballet, Venezuela’s Ballet de Caracas, and the Colorado Ballet––to execute precise footwork to an array of musical compositions. In its free time, Diablo Ballet exposes youngsters to the arts by switching fast-food toys with Rothko paintings and participating in the PEEK Youth Outreach Program, which brings art education to more than 5,000 elementary-school students in Contra Costa County.