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Spreckels Theatre
121 Broadway San Diego, CA 92101
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3.7 / 5 Rated by 6 members
Review from Sandy Bornstein
48 events 27 reviews

It was a good program. The Introduction (lecture) beforehand, by the Artistic Director, was very helpful and informational. The principal female dancers were very good and we enjoyed the afternoon performance.

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Review from Joan Keetch
53 events 24 reviews

The San Diego Ballet gave a very good performance of Balanchine's work; the principal dancers were especially good. The only drawback was that they had to dance to recorded music; dancing to a live orchestra contributes significantly to dance. ...continued

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Review from glen holland
79 events 13 reviews

As usual a wonderful performance by the City Ballet, especially the principal ballerinas. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed the Walpurgsnacht ballet mainly because of the beautiful choreography for the corps de ballet and that Mr B had the...continued

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Review from Henry Finkelstein
10 events 3 reviews

Although there were a couple of stand out dancers, and I applaud their efforts to shine through despite their counterparts, the production was unfortunately poor.

In addition to unfortunate production management -- there was an additional...continued

reviewed Nov 05 2010 report as inappropriate
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Two historic ballets will be performed by City Ballet for the first time: Sonatine_ (1975), with music by Maurice Ravel, and Walpurgisnacht Ballet , with music by Charles Gounod. The program also includes George Balanchine’s iconic ballet Valse-Fantaisie (1968), music by Michael Glinka, which the company last performed in 2004, and Rubies from Jewels_ (1967), music by Igor Stravinsky, last performed by City Ballet in 2006.

As a company, City Ballet has a strong connection with George Balanchine. Artistic Director Steven Wistrich was coached by “Mr. B” in the 1970s, and the company is one of a few around the country given permission by The George Balanchine Trust to present the master’s works. Former New York City Ballet dancers come to San Diego to stage the works on the City Ballet company members.



Valse Fantaisie*

Music: Valse Fantaisie in B minor by Mikhail Glink

Choreography: George Balanchine

Staging: Elizabeth Wistrich

Year Choreographed: 1957

Premiere: November 1968, New York City Ballet, New York State Theatre

Lighting Design: Pamela Sherman-Keel

Attended by the male dancer, the ballerinas move together in a whirl of perpetual motion. The music, roughly contemporaneous with the waltzes of Frederic Chopin, is fast and light, although it was popularly called “The Melancholy Waltz.”

Rubies from* Jewels*

Music: Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra by Igor Stravinsk

Choreography: George Balanchine

Staging: Elyse Borne

Year Choreographed: 1967

Premiere: April 1967, New York City Ballet, New York State Theatr

Costume Design: Karinska, courtesy Texas Ballet Theatre

Lighting Design: Pamela Sherman-Keel


Rubies_ is one section from the unique ballet titled Jewels_: a full-length, three-act plotless ballet that uses the music of three very different composers. Balanchine was inspired by the artistry of jewelry designer Claude Arpels, and chose music revealing the essence of each jewel. He explained: “I have always liked jewels. I like the color of gems, the beauty of stones, and it was wonderful to see how our costume workshop, under Karinska’s direction, came so close to the quality of real stones (which were of course too heavy for the dancers to wear!).” Each section of the ballet is distinct in both music and mood. _Rubies is crisp and witty, epitomizing the collaboration of Stravinsky and Balanchine.


*Music: Sonatine for Piano by Maurice Ravel

Choreography: George Balanchine

Staging: Sandra Jennings

Year Choreographed: 1975

Premiere: May 1975, New York City Ballet, New York State Theatre Lighting Design: Pamela Sherman-Keel

Sonatine was presented as the opening ballet of the New York City Ballet Ravel Festival during the 1975 Spring Season, which marked the 100th anniversary of the composer Ravel’s birth. In this work the pianist and dancers share the stage. This sophisticated and charming duet was originally created for two Balanchine star dancers, Violette Verdy and Jean-Pierre Bonnefous from Paris.

Walpurgisnacht Ballet

Music: From Faust by Charles Gounod

Choreography: George Balanchine

Staging: Sandra Jennings

Year Choreographed: 1980

Premiere: May 1980, New York City Ballet, New York State Theatr

Lighting Design: Pamela Sherman-Keel


Walpurgisnacht Ballet _was choreographed for a 1975 production of the opera “Faust” by the Théâtre National de l’Opéra, danced by the Paris Opera Ballet. The New York City Ballet premiere in 1980 was the first presentation of the choreography as an independent work. George Balanchine created a ballet of astonishing originality and beauty with a large corps de ballet and dazzling technical displays from the principal couple.

These ballets by George Balanchine are presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust. Programming, musical selections and artists are subject to change.

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