Ballets move to Chopin

The California Ballet will participate in the worldwide Chopin Bicentennial Celebration this year with a program that will “take the audience on a journey of choreographic inspiration,” beginning at 2:30 and 8 p.m. May 1 at Balboa Theatre, 868 Fourth Ave. in downtown San Diego.

The company will present “Les Sylphides,” choreographed by Michael Fokine and the world premiere of “Concerto No. 1,” by Maxine Mahon.

Four other ballets will grace the stage — all inspired by the romanticism and lyricism of Frederic Chopin’s music: “Dex Noctucturnes,” by Kathy Auten; “Impromptu” also by Maxine Mahon; “Barcarolle” by Wayne Davis and an excerpt from Charles Bennett’s “Legend of Josefa.”

Les Sylphides, the first abstract ballet with no storyline, was originally performed in 1909 by Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe. Tickets are $25-$60 at (858) 560-6741 or