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Dance Series 01 2017-09-07T17:15:22+00:00

Dance Series 01

Fly Me to the Moon by Michael Smuin
Requiem for a Rose by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Serenade for Strings by Garrett Ammon

Run time: 2 hours

Dance Series 01 kicks off with Michael Smuin’s joyful tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes, Fly Me to the Moon.This blend of ballet and popular dance is the embodiment of the smooth and stylish melodies that have inspired generations, including Sinatra’s renditions of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “The Lady is a Tramp.” Performed against the twinkling backdrop of a glowing night sky, the ballet highlights all the warm and witty favorites, culminating in a full chorus, high-kicking “New York, New York.” 

Also on this triple-bill: Smuin is thrilled to present the regional premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s critically lauded and transcendent piece Requiem for a Rose, set to what many consider to be Schubert’s most romantic string adagio, from the Quintet in C. Ochoa is a nationally acclaimed choreographer who both choreographs contemporary dance works and adapts her style for classical ballet companies. Requiem for a Rose offers “deftly and honestly crafted” movement in”lush, fluid combinations swirling about the stage” (DanceViewTimes).

Audiences will love the return of Garrett Ammon’s bold and sassy Serenade for Strings. Following its West Coast premiere with Smuin in 2014, the San Francisco Chronicle called it, “Playful. Exciting. The whole cast danced it vibrantly and flawlessly.”  A light-hearted modern take on Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, Ammon’s work was also praised by The Mercury News, which enthused, “Five couples abound with charm and shared innocence. A generous-hearted sweetness in ensemble work that enlivens the stage” and DanceViewTimes, which called it, “A demanding piece that showcased the Smuin dancers performing in top form. ‘Serenade’ just might become this Smuin company’s signature piece.”

Special Events

Meet and Greet

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

  • September 22 at 8pm – Lesher Center for the Arts
  • September 29 at 8pm – Palace of Fine Arts
  • February 23 at 8pm – Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
  • March 23 at 8pm – 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.

  • October 5 at 8pm – Palace of Fine Arts
  • February 22 at 8pm – Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

Performance Dates

September 22-23, 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

FRI SEPT. 22 • 8PM
SAT SEPT. 23 • 2PM

September 29-October 7, 2017 • Palace of Fine Arts (San Francisco)

3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA
Box office: 415-912-1899

FRI SEPT. 29 • 8PM
SAT SEPT. 30 • 2PM
SAT SEPT. 30 • 8PM
SUN OCT. 1 • 2PM
THU OCT. 5 • 8PM
FRI OCT. 6 • 8PM
SAT OCT. 7 • 8PM

February 22-25, 2018 • Mountain View Center for the Arts

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

THU FEB. 22 • 8PM
FRI FEB. 23 • 8PM
SAT FEB. 24 • 2PM
SAT FEB. 24 • 8PM
SUN FEB. 25 • 2PM

March 23-24, 2018 • 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

FRI MAR. 23 • 8PM
SAT MAR. 24 • 2PM

Smuin is #BARTable! Join us at the Lesher Center for the Arts via BART; walking distance from the Walnut Creek station.

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