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

Run time: 2 hours

Dance Series 01 kicks off with 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).

Michael Smuin’s joyful tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes, Fly Me to the Moon, highlights classic Smuin tradition. 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 warm and witty favorites and culminates in a full chorus, high-kicking “New York, New York.” 

Garrett Ammon’s bold Serenade for Strings returns to the Smuin stage. Following its West Coast premiere with Smuin in October 2014, the San Francisco Chronicle noted that “the whole cast danced it vibrantly and flawlessly.” Ammon was most recently seen in the Bay Area in September 2016 when commissioned by Smuin to create his work Madness, Rack, and Honey set to Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra.”