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Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts - Main Stage
at Mercy Street 500 Castro Street Mountain View, CA 94041
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Smuin Ballet 2012 Spring Program
41 ratings
4.3 average rating
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41 events
16 reviews
4 stars
attended May 27 2012

Wonderful! I always try to see the Smuin Ballet when it performs in Mountain View. I didn't like the music in the spring program, but the dancing was fabulous.

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28 events
9 reviews
29 stars
attended May 26 2012

VERY disappointed! We've loved the Smuin Ballet for many years, and always appreciate the variety of individual programs. There's always at least one "crowd pleaser', a light piece, often with delicious humor. We come out uplifted with big smiles...continued

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24 reviews
0 stars
attended May 24 2012

The dancers were excellent, but I did not enjoy the first piece music, and found myself bored by both first and second pieces choreogfraphy - it was highly technical but not interesting. The third piece was a Smuin original choreography, which was...continued

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“Smuin dancers nailed the fresh and compelling choreography that, while nodding to hip-hop, jazz and African movement, stayed firmly within the neoclassical mold, with crisp pointework, conventional pirouette preparations and a variety of takes on the pas de basque.” —


World Premiere: Ma Cong, Choreographer 

_*Swipe*_*:* Val Caniparoli, Choreographer 

Symphony of Psalms: Michael Smuin, Choreographer 

After the smash success French Twist from Smuin Ballet’s 2009-2010 season, choreographer Ma Cong returns to create a World Premiere on the spirited San Francisco company. Currently a resident choreographer and principal dancer at Tulsa Ballet, Cong studied at the Beijing Dance Academy. As a choreographer, Cong has created many works for Tulsa Ballet as well as works for other companies such as Ballet Met Columbus, Ballet Florida, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Richmond Ballet, Houston Ballet and many others. 

A highly-technical piece for four men and three women, Swipe is set to a remix of String Quartet No. 2 by London composer Gabriel Prokofiev, grandson of Sergei Prokofiev. A classically-trained composer known for electro club and hip-hop music, Prokofiev’s music compliments the pulsing energy of Caniparoli’s choreography as well as the choreographer’s penchant for mixing classical and contemporary styles.

Rounding out the program is Smuin’s Symphony of Psalms, set to Stravinsky’s score, called “a varied and inspiring collection of stunning choreography” by the SF Bay Times. This full company work blends Stravinsky’s powerful and mesmerizing score with Smuin’s dynamic choreography.

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.