Smuin Meets Sushi: Behind the Scenes of a World Premiere

        Whimsical, inventive, and ebullient, If I Were a Sushi Roll is the latest vibrant addition to Smuin Contemporary American Ballet’s repertoire. This newly commissioned work from celebrated choreographer Val Caniparoli is an example of artistic collaboration at its finest. The choreographer attributes much of his creative process to working closely [...]

If I Were a Sushi Roll: Val Caniparoli Creates

        With over 90 original ballets under his belt performed across more than a dozen countries the world over, San Francisco-based choreographer Val Caniparoli undoubtedly thrives in the collaborative atmosphere of the ballet studio. This season marks Caniparoli’s return to Smuin for his second world premiere for the Company: If I [...]

Defying Gravity with Amy Seiwert’s “Falling Up”

        Former Smuin dancer and Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert has developed her singular artistic voice at Smuin for countless years. Seiwert first started dancing with the Company in 1999, and attributes many of the opportunities she received as a burgeoning choreographer to founder Michael Smuin. Upon her arrival at Smuin, [...]

“Beauty, Athleticism, & Wonder:” Smuin’s Dance Series 02

       Smuin’s Dance Series 02 opened in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts this past weekend. This triple bill boasts two world premieres for the Company alongside the return of a Smuin favorite. Choreographer and Smuin dancer Nicole Haskins delights audiences with her beautifully sentimental work The Poetry of Being, [...]

“Be Here Now” Trey McIntyre Returns to Smuin

       With over 100 works under his belt, it’s clear that renowned choreographer Trey McIntyre’s artistic endeavors aren’t slowing down anytime soon. When Trey McIntyre first stepped into the Smuin studios to create Oh Inverted World in 2010, his time was mostly devoted to his eponymous company, Trey McIntyre Project, and the intermittent [...]

“Ingenuity and Gumption:” Smuin Ballet’s Dance Series Two

Smuin Ballet’s Dance Series Two opened at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco this past weekend. Featuring the world premiere of choreographer Helen Pickett’s Oasis, and revisiting Jiří Kylián’s classic Return to a Strange Land and Val Caniparoli’s Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino, the program offered a wide variety of musical and [...]

A Tribute to Smuin Dancer Susan Roemer

Following an incredible nine-year career of dynamic dance performance and expressive movement with Smuin Ballet, Susan Roemer will  step away from performing and focus on her growing career as a costume designer. With her keen artistry and tremendous skill as a dancer, she’s performed many key roles in Smuin productions over the years, and is [...]

An Interview with Choreographer Helen Pickett

“I’m making a premiere for California━I’m from California━and the drought is killing me.” Choreographer Helen Pickett joined Smuin Ballet in the San Francisco studio last week to create a world premiere on the dancers titled Oasis. A nearly 30-minute work in four parts, Oasis explores the concept of water in its many incarnations and implications. [...]

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