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.
Currently at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts - Main Stage:
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A heart-rending debut, a crowd-pleasing favorite and an iconic work are the highlights of Smuin Ballet's winter program XXtremes. For the first time ever in Northern California, the company will perform Jiri Kylian's acclaimed Return to a Strange Land, set to music by Czech composer Leos Janacek. Return expresses the journey from loss to hope with rare elegance and astonishing form. Brought back by popular demand, the company will also dance Dear Miss Cline, a buoyant and colorful romp through the music of Patsy Cline. Choreographed by the company's own Amy Seiwert, the piece features 10 Nashville tunes, including the immortal "Walkin' After Midnight." Finally, Smuin Ballet will pay tribute to its late, great founder Michael Smuin by performing his Carmina Burana. Set to the pulse-thumping cantata by Carl Orff, the choreography of Carmina Burana exemplifies the rhythm, speed and syncopation for which Smuin Ballet is beloved. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from GregRed Velvet
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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." --<em>Washington Post </em>
- Trey McIntyre talks about working with Smuin in a <a target="_blank" href="http://tinyurl.com/28l2ea8">YouTube preview video.</a>
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.