This year, as Smuin enters its 23rd year, the Company remains committed to presenting groundbreaking work, offering you an experience of ballet that is entertaining, evocative, and original.
We are delighted to bring you a blend of beloved Smuin favorites, introduce the work of new and inventive choreographers, and unveil several world premieres.
- Michael Smuin’s powerful work Stabat Mater called “one of the most beautiful ballets of the choreographer’s career” (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Stanton Welch’s Indigo, a spectacular showcase of technique and athleticism
- Amy Seiwert’s Broken Open returns with captivating sights and sounds
- WORLD PREMIERES: celebrated choreographer Trey McIntyre pays tribute to the Summer of Love • Garrett Ammon and Nicole Haskins tackle classical scores to contemporary, adventurous movement
- It’s not the holidays in the Bay Area without the wildly popular tradition, The Christmas Ballet, offering new and unexpected additions
Dance Series 01
Smuin’s season opener offers a mixed repertory program introducing the work of Houston Ballet Artistic Director Stanton Welch with his acclaimed Indigo; presenting a world premiere by Garrett Ammon, Artistic Director of Wonderbound; and paying tribute to the 15th anniversary of the most defining event in modern American history with Michael Smuin’s Stabat Mater, originally choreographed as a response to the 9/11 tragedy.
The Christmas Ballet
Baby, it’s cold outside, but it’s sizzlin’ hot around the Bay Area when Smuin kicks off the holidays with The Christmas Ballet. From classical to cool and contemporary, Smuin offers two acts filled with a stunning and original array of ballet, tap, and jazz. A joyous celebration of dance and a true holiday classic, the San Francisco Chronicle said “there’s no better way to express the joy of the season.” This year’s program will again feature Smuin favorites as well as new pieces.
Dance Series 02
Smuin presents Dance Series 02, featuring a world premiere by Trey McIntyre, hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most important choreographers working today,” who will return to Smuin to create a new piece celebrating the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s Summer of Love; the return of Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert’s visually stunning Broken Open; and a world premiere by Smuin dancer Nicole Haskins, honored by the National Choreographic Institute as one of the four selectees this summer.