Balanchine and More

Balanchine and More

Accompanied by The City Ballet Orchestra, John Nettles conducting

City Ballet continues its commitment of presenting works choreographed by the great George Balanchine, plus, this season works by additional renown choreographers are also included in a ballet lovers program.

Dates and Times

Friday, March 6, 2020 – 8pm
Saturday, March 7, 2020 – 8pm
Sunday, March 8, 2020 – 2pm
Free Lecture by Artistic Director Steven Wistrich ½ Hour Prior to each Performance


Spreckels Theatre
121 Broadway, Downtown San Diego
Directions to Spreckels Theatre

Walpurgisnacht Ballet

This ballet comes from a scene in Gounod’s Faust, occurring at the beginning of the opera’s last act depicting the traditional celebration when the souls of the dead are released to wander at will. The ballet became a stand-alone ballet and is not literal in its depictions, but it does build on a sense of youthful revelry. Balanchine once famously said ‘ballet is woman’ and in this ballet he sends 24 women soaring across the stage with wide abandon.

Music: Charles Gounod, Choreographer: George Balanchine
First presented by Paris Opera Ballet in Paris in 1975
Last performed by City Ballet of San Diego in 2015

Who Cares?

In his delightful ballet Who Cares?, Balanchine used songs by Georg Gershwin to create a uniquely American experience and more specifically evocative of New York City. His choreography brings out the exuberance of city life.

Music: George Gershwin, Choreographer: George Balanchine
First presented by New York City Ballet at the New York State Theater in 1970
Last performed by City Ballet of San Diego in 2012

Hallelujah Junction

Former New York City Ballet artistic director Peter Martins created a high energy ballet set to a score by John Adams and is performed with two grand pianos on stage. The ballet is like a living locomotive of energy and innovation.

Music: John Adams, Choreographer: Peter Martins
First presented by the Royal Danish Ballet at the Royal Theater in 2001
New York City Ballet premiere at the New York State Theater in 2002
Last performed by City Ballet of San Diego in 2017

Le Cosaire Pas de Deux

The Le Cosaire Pas de Deux is the famous pas de deux from the original three-act ballet. It is one of ballet’s most famous pas de deux. Based on Marius Petipa’s 1888 choreography, it is the essence of Russian ballet.

Music: Adolphe Adam, Choreography: after Marius Petipa
First presented Joseph Mazilier’s version by the Theatre Imperial de l’Opera in Paris in 1856
First presented Marius Petipa’s version by Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg in 1888
City Ballet of San Diego premiere


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