Smuin Ballet 2011-2012 Winter Program
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Now, more than ever, Agustín Anievas stands alone. His few peers having long ago faded into retirement, the virtuoso pianist continues to play brilliantly, his technique as enviable as ever, his passion magically undiminished since the days when Time praised his "rhapsodic, deeply felt musical vision." One of the greatest American pianists alive, the man whom The New York Times called "the lion of the keyboard" comes to Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts to play Schubert, Beethoven and Chopin. Hear live some of the very pieces Anievas recorded for EMI -- albums which are now considered to be among the treasures of American classical music. See the event description for more details about the astonishing program of this sure-to-be memorable concert. Learn More
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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...continued
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.