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Punctuating Movement: A Conversation on the Creation of Oasis

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 [...]

Punctuating Movement: A Conversation on the Creation of Oasis2017-05-22T20:22:24+00:00

“Ingenuity and Gumption:” Smuin Ballet’s Dance Series Two

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 [...]

“Ingenuity and Gumption:” Smuin Ballet’s Dance Series Two2017-05-22T20:22:24+00:00

A Tribute to Smuin Dancer Susan Roemer

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 [...]

A Tribute to Smuin Dancer Susan Roemer2017-05-22T20:22:24+00:00

Spring Events with Smuin Ballet

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. [...]

Spring Events with Smuin Ballet2017-05-22T20:22:24+00:00

On the Road with Smuin Ballet

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 [...]

On the Road with Smuin Ballet2017-05-22T20:22:24+00:00

Oasis: A World Premiere in the Making

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 [...]

Oasis: A World Premiere in the Making2017-05-22T20:22:24+00:00

Distinctive, Exhilarating, and Infectious: Choreography Showcase

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 [...]

Distinctive, Exhilarating, and Infectious: Choreography Showcase2017-05-22T20:22:24+00:00

Nicole Haskins Takes on Creative Challenges

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 [...]

Nicole Haskins Takes on Creative Challenges2017-05-22T20:22:24+00:00

Capturing a Season: Telling Smuin’s Story in Images

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 [...]

Capturing a Season: Telling Smuin’s Story in Images2017-05-22T20:22:24+00:00

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