Smuin’s 2015/16 season ended this weekend after our final performances of Dance Series Two at the Sunset Center in Carmel. Full of exciting dance works, classic Smuin favorites and highly anticipated world premieres, this season is one to remember! Here are some highlights from the year. “Smuin Ballet is back in action!” [...]
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Last weekend, Dance Series Two opened at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. At Smuin’s Opening Night Dinner, the creators of Oasis spoke about the process of designing a new dance work. Check out our recap of the conversation below! Beginning a Ballet Artistic Director Celia Fushille met choreographer Helen [...]
Smuin Ballet’s Dance Series Two opened at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco this past weekend. Featuring the world premiere of choreographer Helen Pickett’s Oasis, and revisiting Jiří Kylián’s classic Return to a Strange Land and Val Caniparoli’s Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino, the program offered a wide variety of musical and [...]
Following an incredible nine-year career of dynamic dance performance and expressive movement with Smuin Ballet, Susan Roemer will step away from performing and focus on her growing career as a costume designer. With her keen artistry and tremendous skill as a dancer, she’s performed many key roles in Smuin productions over the years, and is [...]
Smuin’s spring season is abuzz with activity! Join us for for any or all of these delightful gatherings to celebrate Smuin Ballet and the opening of our phenomenal program Dance Series Two. The series includes the premiere of Helen Pickett’s much-anticipated Oasis with an original score by Netflix’s House of Cards composer Jeff Beal. [...]
This February, Smuin Ballet traveled to Sarasota, Florida to perform our Dance Series One program. Presented by Sarasota Ballet at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, Smuin’s five performances were a sold-out success. “We enjoyed wonderful exchanges with their directors, staff and dancers,” said Artistic Director Celia Fushille. Smuin Ballet enjoys a long history [...]
Last week, Helen Pickett returned to the studio to continue developing her upcoming world premiere for Smuin Ballet. Oasis, a nearly 25-minute work in seven parts, focuses on the idea of water in its many forms. Pickett began developing Oasis with the Company dancers in October, but the origin of the piece traces back to another [...]
Smuin Ballet’s 2016 Choreography Showcase just concluded its run at ODC Theater January 29-30. Featuring 11 works from eight Smuin dancers, the performance offered a variety of musical choices, choreographic styles, and costume designs. The music ranged from Debussy to Missy Elliott to Bon Iver, while several pieces featured original costumes by Company member Susan [...]
The 2016 Choreography Showcase is this weekend! This unique opportunity offers a space for Smuin’s dancers to choreograph short pieces on one another and perform them in a professional setting. Recently, we spoke with Company member Nicole Haskins about her experience in choreography and her piece for this year’s showcase. Nicole in Helen Pickett's [...]
What goes into producing a new season at Smuin Ballet? After the repertoire has been confirmed and venues are secured, it’s time to create a visual library for the season. Since dance is a very visual medium, Smuin produces original photography to tell the company’s story through each of the season’s programs. Inspiration images [...]