Dance Series 022017-06-05T15:51:51-07:00

Dance Series 02

World Premiere: Be Here Now by Trey McIntyre
Broken Open by Amy Seiwert
World Premiere: The Poetry of Being by Nicole Haskins

Run time: 2 hours

Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most important choreographers working today,” Trey McIntyre returns to Smuin to pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in an energetic exploration of dance and the creative process. Inspired by a historic moment that shaped San Francisco for generations, Be Here Now “evokes the feelings of community and naiveté of that time… effectively depicting the amiable chaos of a gathering of hippies” (Mercury News). McIntyre’s “fantastic ensemble choreography and tight structures… appear organic, even improvised, but result from [his] intense attention to detail” (San Francisco Classical Voice).

McIntyre was last seen here when commissioned by Smuin to create his lauded Oh, Inverted World, a piece set to music of indie-rock band The Shins. Much loved by audiences, it was called “irresistible” by The New York Times, and “arresting [with] undeniable freshness” and “witty physicality” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Also on the program is Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert’s Broken Open, which was declared “fresh, challenging and relevant“ by the San Francisco Chronicle when it debuted in 2015. Engaging all sixteen Smuin dancers, Broken Open is set to the music of cellist and composer Julia Kent. “Seiwert’s choreography incorporates intricate gestures and hand movement motifs, breathtaking lifts and inventive pas de deux” (Mercury News).

Company member and choreographer Nicole Haskins employs a classical score to create The Poetry of Being, a joyful celebration of dance set to Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence. The work’s “innocence and intricacies allow room for Haskins’s considerable promise as a relatively young choreographer to unfold” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Haskins has contributed memorable works to The Christmas Ballet, including her Fantasia, declared “enchanting” in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Special Events

Opening Night Dinner

Thank you to all who joined us for a delicious dinner, drinks, and an intimate conversation with the creators of Dance Series 02. at ThirstyBear Brewing Co. After dinner, the artists shared their vision and creative process for creating their world premieres. Guests participated in a Q&A about all three pieces on the Dance Series 02 program – Nicole Haskins’ world premiere of The Poetry of Being, Amy Seiwert’s Broken Open, and Trey McIntyre’s world premiere of Be Here Now.

Meet and Greet

For select dates, meet and mingle with the Smuin dancers in the lobby immediately following the program.

  • May 5 • Mountain View Center for the Arts
  • May 12 • Lesher Center for the Arts
  • May 19 • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
  • June 2 • Sunset Center

Pre-Show Talk

Artistic Director Celia Fushille offers a behind-the-scenes discussion on the program. Pre-show talks begin 45 minutes prior to curtain in San Francisco, East Bay, and Monterey Peninsula venues, and 30 minutes prior in South Bay.

  • May 6 at 8pm • Mountain View Center for the Arts
  • May 13 • Lesher Center for the Arts
  • May 25 • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
  • June 3 • Sunset Center

Performance Dates

May 5-7, 2017 • Mountain View Center for the Arts

500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA
Box office: 650-903-6000
Wed-Sun 12pm-6pm

May 12-13, 2017 • Lesher Center for the Arts (Walnut Creek)

1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, CA
Box Office: 925-943-7469
Tue-Sun Noon-6pm, Fri-Sat Noon-7:30pm

May 19-28, 2017 • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco)

700 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA
Box office: 415-912-1899

June 2-3, 2017 • Sunset Center (Carmel)

San Carlos St at 9th Ave, Carmel, CA
Box Office: 831-620-2048
Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm, Sat 2-4pm

Tax ID Number is 94-3197247

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