Smuin's Winter Program: Trey McIntyre Premiere, Bluegrass/Slyde, Brahms/Haydn Variations
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The last date listed for Smuin Ballet's 2010-11 Winter Program was Sunday February 27, 2011 / 2:00pm.
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from AlanRed Velvet
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I love the MVCPA venue in any case; just about every seat (except the extreme sides in the front rows) has good sightlines. My right-side balcony seats were terrific to view a dance show which uses the whole stage. And it's very low hassle to see a show there - free parking under the building or on the street nearby, easy bus access, no struggle to get into SF from the Peninsula.
This was a typically excellent Smuin Ballet show, with dances set to classical and vernacular music. Smuin's choreography expresses the music in detail and in spirit - you know the music came first. The dancing was of generally high quality. (I think the gym socks on the guys in "O, Inverted World" were problematic; one dancer slipped and fell, which wouldn't have happened with either bare feet or proper soles). This is a fast-moving, accessible program, with bright, generally up-tempo music.
I just love "Bluegrass/Slyde", which I saw six years ago. I think it's one of the best dance pieces of any kind I've ever seen - ingenious without being gimmicky, athletic without being circusy, mixing ballet and vernacular dance (clogging, in this case) without strain, and making enchanting stage pictures. That would have been worth the price of admission by itself.
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I'm not qualified to dissect the quality of the dance on display.
I do, however, know what I like. I thought the expressionistic, modern vision of the second act felt the most immediate and was often quite compelling. It brought a special...continued
Quotes & Highlights
“Fresh and forward-thinking… [McIntyre] makes ballets that surf emotional heights and depths.” —_Washington Post _
Trey McIntyre talks about working with Smuin in a YouTube preview video.
Smuin Ballet begins its season with a world premiere by one of the most sought-after choreographers working today, Trey McIntyre. This fresh new work Oh, Inverted World is set to the music of alt-rockers The Shins, whose songs fueled the Grammy-winning soundtrack of the hit movie Garden State.
McIntyre, founder and artistic director of the nationally celebrated Trey McIntyre Project, burst onto the dance scene in 1989 as the choreographic apprentice to Houston Ballet, a position created especially for him, and has continued to delight and amaze audiences across the country with his brave and resonant works.
The program continues with Bluegrass/Slyde by Michael Smuin, an electric piece in which dancers whirl around spinning poles and joyously revel in the bluegrass rhythms of renowned bassist Edgar Meyer and premier banjo player Bela Fleck. The evening concludes with Smuin’s classic ballet Brahms-Haydn Variations, a lyrical favorite filled with courtly references called “lovely” by the San Francisco Chronicle.