Diablo Ballet

When Diablo Ballet of California announced its new “Web Ballet” in January, nobody knew quite what to think. The company asked its fans to help choreograph the ballet, requesting Tweeted suggestions for the emotion of the dancers, the mood of the piece and even specific steps. Voters also chose their favorite of three music options.

Choreographers get inspiration from all sources. This winter, Diablo Ballet's Robert Dekkers is getting his from Twitter. Starting today, the California company is inviting people to Tweet their ideas for a new ballet using the hashtag #DiabloWebBallet. You can suggest emotions, moods, specific steps or music. Voting closes February 14, when Dekkers will choose the seven best suggestions and then spend two weeks putting them all together for The Web Ballet, to premiere March 1.

Good evening, and welcome to the show. Please take a minute to take out your cell phones and tweet.

 

Yup, Diablo Ballet is looking for real-time Tweeters. For their upcoming performance next month, the company is creating complimentary "tweet seats." A section at the back of the house will be reserved for audience members who promise to tweet throughout the show in exchange for a free ticket. Diablo Ballet hopes to encourage "citizen critics," and encourage artistic conversation between audience members.