Athena leaping mid street


The opening program of City Ballet’s 29th Anniversary Season is for lovers of both classical and contemporary ballet. Resident Choreographer Geoff Gonzalez offers his audience two world premieres in the company’s exciting return to live, in-person performances.

July 23rd & 24th, 2021

Horton Grand Theatre
444 Fourth Ave, Downtown San Diego

Ticket Includes Free Reception

Free reception with the dance artists following each performance, hosted at the historic Horton Grand Hotel.



A testament to the resiliency of humankind.

Just as a pane of glass shatters under stress that exceeds the limit it can withhold – many of us have broken down by the stress of this past year. These remaining pieces, created by burdens too weighty to withstand, now reconfigure with newfound potential. We are the glass, broken but stronger now, like a mosaic amalgamating piece by broken piece, creating something altogether renewed – something more beautiful than before.

Within The Hourglass Desert

A piece highlighting the finite beauty of time.

Inspired by poetry, each dancer embodies a grain of sand. Just as a singular piece of whittled down rock trickles its way through an hourglass, time can either feel expansive or cut too short. While a child looks towards the future and wishes it to move faster, an older soul looks back and yearns for it to slow down. Dancers themselves view it as a small window they have been gifted to move and create. We all share this one finite thing – time and the power we have to choose what we do with it.


July 23rd & 24th, 2021

Horton Grand Theatre


Director’s Circle: $49
Orchestra: $29

Horton Grand Theatre seating chart
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Horton Grand Theatre

444 4th Ave
Downtown San Diego, CA 92101

Nearby parking is available at Horton Plaza and can be reserved through ACE Parking.