Company C Contemporary Ballet: A Pair of Exciting 2013 Programs
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Smuin Ballet breaks the boundaries of traditional dance with this evening of vibrant, innovative works from some of the Bay Area's most exciting choreographers. Choreographer Garrett Ammon unleashes his own take on Tchaikovsky's iconic score in Serenade for Strings, using movement to reflect the composition's intensity and precision. In Objects of Curiosity, Smuin's choregrapher-in-residence Amy Seiwert explores the tensions between desire and restraint, pairing them with a delicate score by Philip Glass and Foday Musa Suso that mirrors her study on stage. The evening concludes with Frankie and Johnny, Michael Smuin's passionate tribute to the legendary Gene Kelly, danced to a soundtrack of some of the biggest names in Latin and mambo music. Learn More
Winter 2013 — Brave New Ballets
Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 8:00pm
Friday, January 18, 2013 at 8:00pm
Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 3:00pm
Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 8:00pm*
The LAM Research Theater at the *Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco 94103
Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 8:00pm
Friday, February 8, 2013 at 8:00pm
Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 3:00pm
(excludes Gala on February 9)
The Company’s Winter Program brims with innovation, represented by three world premieres.
_Being Served _*
Brian Reeder’s impeccable craftsmanship and wit will be on display in Being Served, his new ballet for eight dancers. Set to Benjamin Britten’ s Prelude and Fugue For 18 Strings, Op.29 and the Simple Symphony, Op. 4, the ballet is loosely based on the narrative of a dinner party gone wrong. Couples at the party misbehave, miscommunicate, lie to themselves about the true nature of their relationships and fantasize about what it would be like to partner with another. In the spirit of a Hitchcock film, the result is a darkly humorous, beautiful and ultimately very moving ballet about the search for human connection.
Charles Anderson embarks on something completely new with a piece set to a recorded monologue by actress Amy Walker that explores how we put on affects and how we are perceived.
Beautiful Maladies (excerpts) *
Charles Anderson explores the passions and foibles of love in these four excerpts from his exquisitely emotional ballet Beautiful Maladies, inspired by the ballads of California jazz icon Chet Baker.
_For Use in Subhuman Primates Only _*
Patrick Corbin uses his signature energy and dynamic movement to examine how people fit themselves into re¬lationships and create rules for establishing intimacy with others. Set to the music of English trip -hop band Massive Attack, the ballet is fun and entertaining, but at the same time explores darker undercurrents of the club scene and how some people are compelled to anesthetize in order to feel anything at all.
Spring 2013 — *_Creative Collaboration *_
Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 8:00pm
Friday, May 10, 2013 at 8:00pm
Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 8:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 1:00pm
Company C’s Spring Program continues to bring new visions to life with two world premieres, the Company premiere of Dennis Nahat’s Ontogeny and the return of Charles Anderson’s rousing Boléro.
*David Van Ligon
Long-time company dancer David Van Ligon presents Natoma, a stunning work set to music by San Francisco-based cellist and composer Zoe Keating.
*Dennis Nahat *
Company C also performs for the first time a work by Dennis Nahat, a founder of Ballet San Jose and a fixture of American choreography. Commissioned by the Royal Swedish Ballet in 1970 and later performed by American Ballet Theater, Ontogeny is a timeless ballet for ten dancers set the Pulitzer Prize-winning String Quartet No. 3 by Czech-born composer Karel Husa.
Carl Flink & John Bohannon *
*A Modest Proposal *
Company C enters groundbreaking territory with its performances of A Modest Proposal, the astonishingly creative collaboration between choreographer Carl Flink and science writer John Bohannon. A Modest Proposal was originally commissioned for Black Label Movement by the 2011 TEDx Brussels Conference.
Boléro is Anderson’s fresh, contemporary interpretation of Ravel’s famous composition. Commissioned by the Mendocino Music Festival in 2007, this ballet for ten dancers radiates the physicality, confidence and joy that are the hallmarks of Anderson’s choreography.