Creating New Realities: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa Revisits “Requiem for a Rose”

        Internationally renowned choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is, in her own words, passionate about “creating new realities.” A simple class exercise at the age of 11 sparked the beginnings of what would later become a thriving choreographic career. While Lopez Ochoa couldn’t quite comprehend the gravity of that moment; she [...]

To the Moon! Michael Smuin’s Thoughts on His Timeless Sinatra Ballet

       As Michael Smuin’s eponymous company approaches its 24th season, the Bay Area ballet troupe (now known as Smuin Contemporary American Ballet), works hard to continue his legacy of dance and showmanship. Smuin’s current Artistic Director, Celia Fushille, transitioned from dancer to Associate Director under Michael Smuin’s guidance and continues to move [...]

Designing a World Premiere: Madness, Rack, and Honey

       When Smuin’s newest original work, a “rollicking” contemporary piece from Garrett Ammon, premiered on September 29, 2016, audiences witnessed a poetic inclination that Smuin dancers quickly morphed into "an infectious good time." Brimming with tongue-in-cheek enthusiasm, this world premiere offers a unique insight into Ammon’s creative process.        Inspired [...]

Madness, Rack, and Honey: Behind Garrett Ammon’s Ballet

       Witnessing Garrett Ammon work in the studio is no passive task. He is observant and methodical in his interactions with the dancers, watching hawk-eyed as his steps and phrases slowly connect and grow into a much larger work. Ammon’s original work for Smuin, Madness, Rack, and Honey, is an ambitious and distinctively [...]

“Smuin Ballet is back in action!”

Smuin Ballet’s Dance Series One opened at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek this past weekend. Featuring the world premiere of Choreographer-In-Residence Amy Seiwert’s Broken Open, the return of Michael Smuin’s Bouquet and Ma Cong’s French Twist, and Company member Ben Needham-Wood’s Maslow, the program was packed with a variety of offerings. Reviewer Allan Ulrich [...]

Maslow Embodies Smuin’s Fearless Spirit and Originality

Smuin Ballet is known for offering a break from tradition—a new style, a new angle, a new perspective through which to view the art of dance. Following the inspiration of founder Michael Smuin, the company investigates alternate styles, as well as rising voices in the world of dance. In advancing Michael’s fearless spirit and originality, [...]

Smuin Ballet Welcomes Back Choreographer Ma Cong

After a five year hiatus, we are delighted to welcome back Choreographer Ma Cong to showcase his piece French Twist for Dance Series One this fall. The dancers have enjoyed working with Ma in the studio, where he continues to amaze and inspire us all with his unique dance language. Only three dancers who performed [...]

Smuin Ballet Performs at San Mateo’s New State-of-the-Art Venue

For the first time in our history, Smuin Ballet will perform at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center, bringing Dance Series Two to our South Bay audiences June 3-4, 2016. This state-of-the-art theater is the largest performing arts venue between San Francisco and San Jose, boasting 1,540 seats, more than 55,000 square feet, and a [...]

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