San Diego Ballet Announces its 25th Season

2014-2015 Season Features U.S. Premiere & Beloved Favorites



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San Diego, CA – The year was 1991. The Gulf War began, Silence of the Lambs won five Oscars including Best Film, everyone was watching Roseanne on TV, and listening to Paula Abdul and Mariah Carey on the radio. No one owned a cell phone or had even heard of the Internet. That same year, Robin Sherertz-Morgan founded the new San Diego Ballet with her friend and choreographer, Javier Velasco. They collaborated to fulfill San Diego Ballet’s mission to “excite, enrich, and entertain its diverse audience through an imaginative presentation of quality classical and contemporary dance.” 

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season, the San Diego Ballet has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1991. With only eight dancers and two productions in its inaugural season, the San Diego Ballet has grown to over 20 dancers and a vast repertoire including original pieces such as Mambomania, Luna Lunera, Opus Swing, and Sweet Synergy Suite. The Company also performs pieces from the New York City Ballet’s iconic choreographer George Balanchine, including Serenade, Concerto Barroco, and Rubies; along with more classical pieces including The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Romeo & Juliet.

The 2014-2015 Season is the most exciting yet. In addition to the U.S. premiere of Seven Beauties on October 11th, the Company will be performing the holiday favorite The Nutcracker on December 27th & 28th, the sultry and exciting Sweet Synergy Suite on February 6th - 8th, and will wrap up the season with Carnival of the Animals & A Midsummer Night’s Dream on March 20th & 21st.

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Kicking off the season is Seven Beauties, a first-of-its-kind collaboration with the Azerbaijan Ministry of Culture & Tourism, the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles, and the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra. San Diego Ballet’s resident choreographer Javier Velasco was inspired to create this Ballet after reading a 12th century poem by the great Azerbaijani poet Nizami Ganjavi and listening to the score from renowned Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev. This promises to be a night of excitement and enrichment where audience members will be immersed in the culture of Azerbaijan.

The Company will then lead patrons on a journey back to the 1800’s with the story of The Nutcracker, perhaps the most famous Ballet of all time, and a holiday tradition. Adults and children alike will marvel at this charming tale of Clara and her beloved Nutcracker that comes to life with Tchaikovsky’s famous score.

After the New Year has rung in, the Company will turn to a sultrier piece with Sweet Synergy Suite featuring a live performance with jazz icon Charles McPherson. This original Ballet embodies both movement and music as only Mr. Javier Velasco and Mr. McPherson can create together.

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Wrapping up the formal season is Carnival of the Animals & A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Audiences of all ages will delight in the excitement and beauty of dancers turned into animals and fairies. Capping off this performance will be a tea where audience members can interact with the cast and be impressed in this exciting fantasy.

2014-2015 Performance Schedule

October 11, 2014

What: Seven Beauties

Where: San Diego Civic Theater at 7:30pm

Tickets: $100 VIP Package, General Admission is free

 

December 27, 2014

What: The Nutcracker

Where: San Diego Symphony Hall, Downtown

Tickets: $25-$100

 

December 28, 2014

What: The Nutcracker

Where: San Diego Symphony Hall, Downtown

Tickets: $25-$100

 

February 6, 2015

What: Sweet Synergy Suite with Jazz Icon Charles McPherson

Where: Lyceum Theater, Horton Plaza at 8pm

Tickets: $40-$60

 

February 7, 2015

What: Sweet Synergy Suite with Jazz Icon Charles McPherson

Where: Lyceum Theater, Horton Plaza at 8pm

Tickets: $40-$60

 

February 8, 2015

What: Sweet Synergy Suite with Jazz Icon Charles McPherson

Where: Lyceum Theater, Horton Plaza at 2:30pm

Tickets: $40-$60

 

March 20, 2015

What: Carnival of the Animals & A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Where: Balboa Theatre, Downtown at 7:30pm

Tickets: $30- $75

 

March 21, 2015

What: Carnival of the Animals & A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Where: Balboa Theatre, Downtown at 2:30pm

Tickets: $30- $75

 

In addition to the formal season, Dance Gallery 2015 will feature the original choreography of San Diego Ballet dancers at the Company’s home studio at Dance Place San Diego in Liberty Station in Point Loma on April 4th. Finally, the Company will host its Annual Gala on May 9th at the Westin, next to Horton Plaza. This elegant evening will feature entertainment, a silent auction, and dinner reception. 

 

Ticket Information

Subscriptions, group sales, and individual tickets can be purchased through the San Diego Ballet Ticket Office. Discounts are available for subscriptions and groups; call for more information.

  • Phone: 619-294-7311
  • In Person: 2640 Truxtun Road, Suite 102, San Diego, CA 92106
  • Online at: www.sandiegoballet.org

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About San Diego Ballet

Javier Velasco is the Artistic Director & Choreographer for the San Diego Ballet and has been hailed by the San Diego Union-Tribune as "San Diego's answer to Jerome Robbins." He has also been listed among people to watch in the art and theater scene by San Diego Magazine. Mr. Javier Velasco has supplied dances for productions at the La Jolla Playhouse, the Old Globe, and has a long-standing relationship with the San Diego Repertory Theatre, where he has directed and choreographed productions of A Christmas Carol, Cabaret, Suds, and many others. Mr. Velasco has created over 80 original pieces for the company since its inception. His ballet Love: 20 Cents the First Quarter-Mile, set to the poems of Kenneth Fearing, was given the award for Best Choreography by the San Diego Dance Alliance, the third time he has been honored by the organization. Mr. Javier Velasco was recently awarded a Creative Catalyst Fellowship from the San Diego Foundation for the creation of new work.

 

San Diego Ballet features a talented and diverse group of professional dancers from all over the U.S. and other countries including Russia, Japan, and Mexico. Celebrating 25 years this season, San Diego Ballet is dedicated to bringing the finest quality dance productions to San Diego ranging from classical ballets to original pieces found nowhere else. Located at Dance Place San Diego in the historic Liberty Station in Point Loma, San Diego Ballet is the area’s premiere dance company. For more information on the Company, Dancers, and upcoming performances visit sandiegoballet.org or like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sandiegoballet.

 

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