Smuin's Winter Program: Trey McIntyre Premiere, Bluegrass/Slyde, Brahms/Haydn Variations
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All offers for Smuin Ballet's 2010-11 Winter Program have expired.
The last date listed for Smuin Ballet's 2010-11 Winter Program was Sunday February 27, 2011 / 2:00pm.
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A wildly popular seasonal favorite, Smuin's holiday program celebrates two decades with XXmas. The snow-filled extravaganza from Smuin Ballet boasts everything from tap and swing to traditional and modern ballet, plus dances from around the world set to seasonal music from Elvis, Mozart, The Chieftains, Ray Charles and many others. This year's edition includes dances from acclaimed Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert, company founder Michael Smuin, eclectic choreographer Val Caniparoli and Robert Dekkers of Diablo Ballet and Post:Ballet. Their works will accompany time-honored favorites in a feast of holiday fun. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Greg
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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 energy that was not apparent in the other two acts. The dancers appeared more free to express themselves emotionally.
That's not to suggest that the more classical elements of Act One were not worthwhile. Brahms is not my favorite composer, and there did not appear to be a coherent story. I hasten to add, however, that this company is far too talented to give anything less than a first-rate performance.
Regarding the third act, it was a fun mishmash of dancing styles that was more in the vein of a highly entertaining, top-drawer Vegas revue.
I recommend it highly to anyone who loves the dance in all its forms.
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.
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.