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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Smuin Contemporary Ballet Presents "Dance Series 1: Love, Smuin"

Dec 31, 2021
Smuin launches the new year with its “Dance Series 1: Love Smuin” featuring the company premiere of internationally acclaimed choreographer Gina Patterson’s 'You Are Here.' This moving work inspired by loss and perseverance, set to the music of Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi, received its world premiere with Cincinnati Ballet where it was called “Forceful and swirling…an endless series of surprises,” by the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Also on the program are two favorites by former Smuin Choreographer-in-Residence Amy Seiwert including the charming Dear Miss Cline, a suite of lighthearted works in tribute to the celebrated country singer Patsy Cline. Seiwert’s work has been praised for its “playful but challenging partnering … the dancers make it appear effortless: men and women tumble, somersault and swing with acrobatic aplomb.”

Also to be featured is "Been Through Diamonds," Seiwert’s debut work as Smuin’s first Choreographer-in-Residence, a role she assumed upon retiring from dancing in 2008. Seiwert’s geometrically inventive movement is showcased in this neo-classical look at relationships between four couples, set to Mozart’s String Quintet in C Minor.

Note: following the live performances, this program will be offered as a virtual on-demand streaming option, available during the month of March.

"Dance Series 1: Love, Smuin" will perform in San Francisco at the Cowell Theater (2 Marina Blvd.) from February. 4-13; Walnut Creek at the Lesher Center for the Arts (1601 Civic Drive) on February 18-19; and Mountain View at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts (500 Castro Street) on February 24-27.

For single tickets to live performances ($25-$99) or more information, the public may call (415) 912-1899 for San Francisco performances, (925) 943-7469 for Walnut Creek performances, and (650) 903-600 for Mountain View performances, or visit www.smuinballet.org. Streaming tickets will be announced at a later date.

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Photo caption: Snow Day!: Smuin artist Max van der Sterre prepares to launch a giant snowball at Maggie Carey, Tess Lane, and Ian Buchanan in Rex Wheeler’s “Snow Day!”, part of Smuin’s The Christmas Ballet. Max Van der Steere with a giant snowball, Maggie Carey, Tess Lane, and Ian Buchannan in “Snow Day”

(Photo credit: Chris Hardy)


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