Celebrating the legacy of Johnny Cash, former Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada James Kudelka explores American determination and human vulnerability in six covers of iconic Cash songs. Danced in cowboy boots, Kudelka’s movement combines several popular American country-western dance styles—line, square, and swing dancing—with sharp ballet technique and raw emotion in this Company premiere.
By Michael Smuin
Michael Smuin’s impassioned Carmina Burana celebrates life, lust, and joy—while also mourning the cruelty of fate. Based on the medieval poems that inspired the classic choral score, Smuin’s intensely physical choreography challenges the dancers’ athleticism and expression, culminating in the powerful “O Fortuna.”
By Rex Wheeler
Following the success of his Sinfonietta last season, former Company member Rex Wheeler creates a mainstage premiere set to selections from jazz legend Dave Brubeck’s lively and innovative albums. Full of surprises both visual and musical, Wheeler’s inventive movement and trademark wit offer a charming and colorful counterpoint to Brubeck’s landmark “Take Five” jazz standard.
By Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s daring and passionate Requiem for a Rose returns, following much critical acclaim for its west coast premiere by Smuin in 2017. Set to one of Schubert’s most romantic string adagios, Lopez Ochoa explores love and loss in a blend of classical elegance and contemporary rawness. The dancers’ swirling red skirts evoke a bouquet of red roses, contrasting with a bold depiction of the beating heart.
By Osnel Delgado
Internationally renowned Cuban choreographer and artistic director of Havana-based Malpaso Dance Osnel Delgado creates a world premiere for Smuin, blending contemporary dance with Afro-Cuban and Latin social dances. Known for his intricate musicality and emotional resonance, Delgado structures a movement exploration rooted in the human experience, intertwining complex rhythms with unique signatures.
By Michael Smuin
Michael Smuin’s otherworldly Symphony of Psalms returns, highlighting the dancers’ strength and musicality. Set to a dramatic Stravinsky choral score, Smuin’s movement combines inventive architectural shapes with intricate partnering to build a visual symphony transcending the stage.
By Michael Smuin and more
Light up your holiday season with Smuin’s The Christmas Ballet! With snow white classical selections set to cherished carols alongside red-hot contemporary numbers set to pop favorites, this yuletide spectacular is a beloved Bay Area tradition. Celebrate the holidays with a dazzling collection of ballet, tap, and jazz that will have you dancing out of the theater full of festive cheer.
By Smuin Company Dancers
New dance works take center stage in this lively performance, in which Company members choreograph original pieces on one another. Presenting a wide range of dance styles and musical selections, each piece is full of personality unique to each dancer. Learn more about the dancers and choreographers’ creative process in an intimate Q&A session immediately following each performance.
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VENUES & SUBSCRIPTION DATES
Dance Series 01 takes place at: Cowell Theater 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco
The Christmas Ballet and Dance Series 02 take place at: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 700 Howard Street, San Francisco