Smuin Ballet's Fall Program at Palace of Fine Arts
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My partner and I invited our Canadian friends who live and were visiting from Mexico. We first started our day in the late morning with a visit to the Exploratorium as it is also @ the Palace of Fine Arts. We had a delicious lunch @ the cafe (cafeteria style) @ the Exploratorium about 1:00 p.m. The food was fresh, delicious, abundant. We then walked out of one door of the Palace and into the next door where the Theatre is for our performance @ 2:00 p.m.
We all loved the performance. There were two intermissions and a pause between the second and third numbers. Smuin's fall program is delightful!. It starts with a very entertaining Tango dance, then a very moving ballet to commemorate 9/11, thirdly, a very sensual "a la Smuin" dance number, and finishes with the Patsy Clines tribute. One of our guest thought that the choreographer didn't take Patsy Clines' music seriously enough which led to a very interesting discussion of her music and lyrics.
All in all, it was a great way to spend a day with our Canadian visitors from Mexico who thoroughly enjoyed those two very "SF happening events!"
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.