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
1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA
Box Office: 925-943-7469
Tue-Sun Noon-6pm, Fri-Sat Noon-7:30pm
3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA
Box office: 415-912-1899
500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA
Box office: 650-903-6000
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
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
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s fluent and innovative creation… expresses nigh-tactile sensations of love and loss. [Requiem for a Rose] is impeccably musical and extra-demanding, [but] the dancers’ poise… never faltered.
Ochoa’s choreography melds her native modernism with classical elevation and lush port de bras, emphasized by the layered fabrics swirling… from one tableau to the next.
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Requiem for a Rose moves deeply into the mystery of love, combining a sinuous balletic movement with a touch of barefoot modern. The piece catches that sense of love as both vibrancy and disappointment, [bringing] a mythic quality to the piece’s theater.
Garrett Ammon’s Serenade for Strings features five couples who woo and win, [enlivening the piece] with boundless energy, showmanship and flirtatious comic timing.
Garrett Ammon’s Serenade for Strings [offers a] buoyant take on the rites of young love… This is a serenade while the sun shines—playful and frisky… projecting assurance, musicality, and innate warmth.
Garrett Ammon’s Serenade for Strings offers a series of duets that glide and turn through the music, giving its most somber moments a frisson of joy and young love. Born out of movements that are lightly athletic and spiced with a theatrical game of playful seduction, Ammon presents a different look at the music and the emotions it conjures.
Michael Smuin’s Fly Me to the Moon is a… crowd-pleaser with retro costumes, sherbet colors and on-the-nose choreography set to signature songs. Look past the pizzazz and you’ll find some rigorous classicism, well dispatched by all 13 dancers. The piece has moves.
Michael Smuin’s [Frank Sinatra tribute] Fly Me to the Moon managed to make every song…in a final be-gowned, bejeweled, sequin-dazzled bow… feel so young.
About the Program
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.”
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