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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.