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Stopping by The Flying Falafel before and eating in the plaza at The Jewish Contemporary Museum across from the theater makes a nice evening. The falafel and guys there are an event in themselves.
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Take BART to either Powell or Montgomery and walk a block and a half, through Yerba Buena Gardens, to the performing arts center
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253 events
178 reviews
47 stars
attended Apr 28 2012

Marvelous, simply marvelous! I love the fact that Michael's contributions and memory are respected and new choreographers have been brought on board to further build his legacy.

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Chouxie Red Velvet
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attended May 02 2012

Loved the first and third portions.

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attended May 02 2012

Since moving to San Francisco ten years ago, we have been loyal fans of Smuin. Since the death of its founder, Michael Smuin, the company has needed to search for a new identity with new choreographers. Last night's performance (May 2), alas,...continued

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http://www.smuinballet.org

Description

World Premiere: Ma Cong, Choreographer 

Swipe: Val Caniparoli, Choreographer 

Symphony of Psalms: Michael Smuin, Choreographer 

After the smash success “French Twist” from Smuin Ballet’s 2009-2010 season, choreographer Ma Cong returns to create a World Premiere on the spirited San Francisco company. Currently a resident choreographer and principal dancer at Tulsa Ballet, Cong studied at the Beijing Dance Academy. As a choreographer, Cong has created many works for Tulsa Ballet as well as works for other companies such as Ballet Met Columbus, Ballet Florida, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Richmond Ballet, Houston Ballet and many others. 

A highly-technical piece for four men and three women, “Swipe” is set to a remix of String Quartet No. 2 by London composer Gabriel Prokofiev, grandson of Sergei Prokofiev. A classically-trained composer known for electro club and hip-hop music, Prokofiev’s music compliments the pulsing energy of Caniparoli’s choreography as well as the choreographer’s penchant for mixing classical and contemporary styles.

Rounding out the program is Smuin’s “Symphony of Psalms,” set to Stravinsky’s score, called “a varied and inspiring collection of stunning choreography” by the SF Bay Times. This full company work blends Stravinsky’s powerful and mesmerizing score with Smuin’s dynamic choreography. 

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.