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Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts - Main Stage
at Mercy Street 500 Castro Street Mountain View, CA 94041
650-903-6000
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4.5 / 5 Rated by 51 members
Review from Eddie
Red Velvet 77 events 42 reviews

Smuin is a composite of a number of vignettes... I liked first part called "Tango Palace"... Appeared to be set in a Brazilian Tango place. Good music, costumes, good dance performances. The piece called "Stabat Mater" was my favorite, honoring...continued

reviewed Feb 23 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Betty Deutschlander Noto
Red Velvet 26 events 11 reviews

We try to attend every Smuin performance and have never been disappointed. The dancers and the imagination in the programing are fabulous.

reviewed Feb 25 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Godzilla
Red Velvet 26 events 2 reviews

Marvelous. "Tango" beautifully conceived and beautifully danced; Amy Seiwert pieces witty, sharp, delightful; but the Smuin "Stabat Mater" in memorium 9/11 was so powerful, so very lovely, I was in tears.

reviewed Feb 25 2012 report as inappropriate
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Program:

World Premiere: Amy Seiwert, Choreographer

Stabat Mater: Michael Smuin, Choreographer

Tango Palace: Michael Smuin, Choreographer

The Eternal Idol: Michael Smuin, Choreographer

In honor of the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks, the program includes Stabat Mater, Michael Smuin’s response to that tragedy. An eloquent expression of grief and loss set to Dvorak’s choral work of the same name. Stabat Mater has been called “a powerful response to a national tragedy. . . one of the most beautiful ballets in this choreographer’s remarkable career” (San Francisco Chronicle). Sharing the program is The Eternal Idol, a pas de deux Smuin created for American Ballet Theatre in 1969. This sensuous work, set to Chopin’s lush Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, is a wistful imagining, where Auguste Rodin’s sculpture of a nude couple locked in an embrace comes to life on stage. Rounding out the program is Michael Smuin’s Tango Palace, a seductive fantasy of possession and passion, jealousy, loss, and love. Examining both the complexities of the human heart and the inventiveness of tango itself, Tango Palace creates a feverish vision of desire through dance.

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