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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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4.3 / 5 Rated by 41 members
Review from Eddie
Red Velvet 77 events 42 reviews

The performances were wonderful as usual, but I would have liked to have some sets. No real sets in this show..

reviewed May 25 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from a.rothblatt
Red Velvet 28 events 9 reviews

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

reviewed May 26 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Mia
27 events 24 reviews

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

reviewed May 24 2012 report as inappropriate
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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.

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