Smuin Ballet 2011-2012 Winter Program
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The last date listed for Smuin Ballet 2011-2012 Winter Program was Sunday February 26, 2012 / 2:00pm.
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Smuin is a composite of a number of vignettes... I liked first part called "Tango Palace"... Appeared to be set in a Brazilian Tango place. Good music, costumes, good dance performances. The piece called "Stabat Mater" was my favorite, honoring 9/11... Classical music, wonderful dance choreography... didn't care for the Patzy Cline song and dance in the last part of the show... That is why I gave the overall rating as 4 stars instead of five...
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I have attended the Smuin Ballet before and always enjoyed it. But this time it was terrific! They just keep getting better and better, The program was varied and interesting, the choreography imaginative, and the dancing gorgeous.
World Premiere: Amy Seiwert, Choreographer
Stabat Mater: Michael Smuin, Choreographer
Tango Palace: Michael Smuin, Choreographer
The Eternal Idol: Michael Smuin, Choreographer
In honor of the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks, the program includes Stabat Mater, Michael Smuin’s response to that tragedy. An eloquent expression of grief and loss set to Dvorak’s choral work of the same name. Stabat Mater has been called “a powerful response to a national tragedy. . . one of the most beautiful ballets in this choreographer’s remarkable career” (San Francisco Chronicle). Sharing the program is The Eternal Idol, a pas de deux Smuin created for American Ballet Theatre in 1969. This sensuous work, set to Chopin’s lush Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, is a wistful imagining, where Auguste Rodin’s sculpture of a nude couple locked in an embrace comes to life on stage. Rounding out the program is Michael Smuin’s Tango Palace, a seductive fantasy of possession and passion, jealousy, loss, and love. Examining both the complexities of the human heart and the inventiveness of tango itself, Tango Palace creates a feverish vision of desire through dance.
About the Ticket Supplier: Smuin Ballet
Smuin Ballet was founded in 1994 by the renowned choreographer Michael Smuin, formerly the Director of San Francisco Ballet. Beyond their regular seasonal performances, the Smuin Ballet dancers engage in a wide range of special projects, including appearing in three films: A Walk in the Clouds, The Fantasticks and George Lucas’ 1996 Return of the Jedi, Special Edition.