Smuin Ballet's Fall Program B Featuring Medea
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A tale of love and passion told with the fervent art of flamenco dancing, Lluvia (Spanish for "Rain"), is the latest show from Eva Yerbabuena. Highly respected throughout the international dance scene, Yerbabuena has been honored with a number of prestigious awards, including the Premio Nacional de Danze (Spain's National Dance Award), and hailed as "a visionary, magisterial dancer whose effects go far beyond technique," by The Guardian. In Lluvia she will be joined by four other talented dancers and an ensemble of musicians, as she continues to expand the tradition of flamenco dancing with her world-class footwork that The Independent describes as "the kind of artistry that appears once in a generation." 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.