Behind the Wardrobe: A Conversation with Smuin’s JoEllen Arntz

        After any given Smuin performance, JoEllen Arntz can be found hand-washing, steaming, or repairing the show’s many costume pieces. After over two decades of working in ballet wardrobing, Arntz has figured out tricks―like sewing mic packs into tights, or using cheap vodka to get rid of sweat stains―that make her [...]

A Conversation with Smuin’s Ballet Master, Amy London

       Smuin’s Ballet Master Amy London would be the first to admit that her job title has a rather “zen” feel to it. The duties that accompany the position, however, are perhaps a little more demanding than one would think.Traditionally, a company’s Ballet Master participates in teaching company classes, holding rehearsals, [...]

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 [...]

Distinctive, Exhilarating, and Infectious: Choreography Showcase

Smuin Ballet’s 2016 Choreography Showcase just concluded its run at ODC Theater January 29-30. Featuring 11 works from eight Smuin dancers, the performance offered a variety of musical choices, choreographic styles, and costume designs. The music ranged from Debussy to Missy Elliott to Bon Iver, while several pieces featured original costumes by Company member Susan [...]

Nicole Haskins Takes on Creative Challenges

The 2016 Choreography Showcase is this weekend! This unique opportunity offers a space for Smuin’s dancers to choreograph short pieces on one another and perform them in a professional setting. Recently, we spoke with Company member Nicole Haskins about her experience in choreography and her piece for this year’s showcase. Nicole in Helen Pickett's [...]

Capturing a Season: Telling Smuin’s Story in Images

What goes into producing a new season at Smuin Ballet? After the repertoire has been confirmed and venues are secured, it’s time to create a visual library for the season. Since dance is a very visual medium, Smuin produces original photography to tell the company’s story through each of the season’s programs. Inspiration images [...]

The Next Generation of Dance Makers: Smuin Ballet’s Choreography Showcase 2016

January brings a unique choreographic presentation to the Smuin stage. The 2016 Choreography Showcase, presented at the ODC Theater, invites Company members to create short pieces in a variety of styles on one another. Held in an intimate space, attendees witness engaging new works and hear the dancers and choreographers discuss their artistic processes in [...]

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