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Joint Forces Journal

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VOL. 24 - NO. 42
NOV 10 - 17, 2019
PO BOX 13283
OAKLAND, CA 94661-0283

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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Smuin Kicks Off 26th Season with "Dance Series 1"

Aug 09, 2019
Smuin Contemporary Ballet launches its 26th season with "Dance Series 1," a fall program featuring three extraordinary works by established and rising choreographers. The music of country icon Johnny Cash comes alive in 'The Man in Black,' an acclaimed work for three men and a woman, danced in cowboy boots. This company premiere choreographed by James Kudelka, the former artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada, is an ode to American working-class grit featuring complex choreography influenced by popular country-western dance styles including line, square, swing, and step dancing. Arresting and inventive, Kudelka’s piece was called “deeply touching and poignant” by Canada’s National Post. It is set to six songs covered by Cash, including Trent Reznor’s “Hurt” and Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind.”

Also on the bill: the mainstage premiere of former Smuin artist Rex Wheeler’s 'Take Five,' a delightfully witty work set to the jazzy beat of Dave Brubeck — just in time for the celebrated musician’s centennial. Michael Smuin’s dazzling 'Carmina Burana,' set to the sensual Carl Orff score, rounds out this spectacular program of classical ballet and contemporary dance.

"Dance Series 1" will be presented September 20-21 at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek and September 27-October 6 at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. For further information the public may call (415) 912-1899. Single tickets ($25-$97) are available by calling the individual venues or by visiting

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Photo caption: Smuin dancer Valerie Harmon is tossed into the air by the men of the company in Michael Smuin's "Carmina Burana," part of Smuin's Dance Series 1 in Walnut Creek September 20-21 and San Francisco September 27-October 6. (Photo credit: Chris Hardy)


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