Smuin Ballet's Fall Program B Featuring Medea
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The razor-sharp wit of famed stand-up Paula Poundstone will be on full display, as she slices and dices her way through an evening of keen cultural commentary. Famed for a quick mind that always manages to come up with the perfect quip, Poundstone is a master of riffing off the crowd. It's also why she's the perfect panelist for NPR's Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!, where she's featured alongside some of the nation's leading pundits. She broke through in 1990 with her acclaimed HBO special Cats, Cops and Stuff, and was both the first woman to be invited to perform at the White House Correspondents' dinner and the first woman to win a CableACE Award for Best Stand-Up Comedy Special. Still knocking them dead as a headliner, Poundstone released her latest comedy disc, I Heart Jokes: Paula Tells Them in Boston, in April 2013, and has recently toured as part of the A Prairie Home Companion live show. Learn More
Shannon Hurlburt follows his 2004 piece Dumky, "an achievement of remarkable musical sensitivity, humor and invention" (San Francisco Chronicle,) with the world premiere of MAX3 set to Quartet #1 Op.9 in C Minor by Max Bruch. This work for ten dancers over four movements unravels the elements of romance and courtship in Hurlburt's marked athletic style of movement.
Favorably compared to early William Forsythe, Alonzo King, and Mark Morris, Amy Seiwert premieres THE MELTING, a work for eight dancers exploring the theme of transformation. The work is set to music by Evelyn Glennie from her album "Shadow Behind the Iron Sun." Demonstrating "an increasing structural master" (Contra Costa Times) the award winning Seiwert consistently offers musically challenging works with intense energy, such as last season's Ruhig, and previously Short Ride, which premiered as part of the company's 10th Anniversary Retrospective.
To complement these world premieres, Smuin Ballet will reprise one of Michael Smuin's most classic and dramatic works, MEDEA. Dance Magazine raves, MEDEA is "timeless, a brutally clear piece of pure dance storytelling that makes perfect use of Samuel Barber's chillingly economical score. With confident Celia Fushille-Burke in the title role, the work [is] positively bloodcurdling." Fushille-Burke will reprise the title role this season as the betrayed sorceress in this tale of jealousy and revenge.
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.