Happy New Year: Looking Ahead with Smuin Ballet

A very happy New Year to you from all of us at Smuin Ballet! We have had a wonderful 2015, with engaging new dance works, treasured revivals, and of course our holiday classic The Christmas Ballet. Today, we look forward to the promise of 2016 and our many exciting events in the upcoming season!

Choreography Showcase | E. Felsch & J. Reynolds | Photo by Chris Hardy2016 Choreography Showcase

January 29-30, 2016 • ODC Theater • San Francisco
January offers Smuin Ballet’s innovative Choreography Showcase. The three shows at ODC Theater in San Francisco offer the choreographic talents of Smuin Ballet’s dancers as they create and perform their own original works. An evening of short pieces in a wide range of styles, the 2016 Choreography Showcase is sure to be full of variety and unique new works! All performances are followed by a Q&A session. Join us after our final evening performance on January 30 for a post-show reception.

Smuin Ballet Gala

March 6, 2016 • The Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center
Smuin Ballet’s annual Gala brings together longtime supporters, community leaders, and ballet lovers for a night of raising funds to support Smuin Ballet’s inspiring work. Featuring a lively cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, live auction, dancing, as well as performances from Smuin Ballet’s versatile dancers, this evening presents a joyful celebration of the company and its future!

Dance Series One

March 25-26, 2016 • Sunset Center • Carmel
Smuin Ballet’s season opener returns for one last weekend at the Sunset Center in Carmel! This innovative program features Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert’s new work Broken Open: called “fresh, challenging and relevant” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Dance Series One also brings the premiere of Company member Ben Needham-Wood’s Maslow, a blend of contemporary ballet and hip-hop stylings set to the mesmerising cello of composer Ben Sollee. The program also revisits Ma Cong’s fast and flirtations French Twist, as well as Michael Smuin’s lyrical classic Bouquet.

Dance Series Two

May 6-15, 2016 • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts • San Francisco
May 27-28, 2016 • Lesher Center for the Arts • Walnut Creek
June 3-4, 2016 • San Mateo Performing Arts Center
June 10-11 • Sunset Center • Carmel
Smuin Ballet’s spring performance series presents the world premiere of Oasis by Helen Pickett, with original music by House of Cards’ Emmy-award winning composer Jeff Beal. A celebration of the offerings and effects of water, Oasis promises a stunning work from several creative powerhouses! Jiří Kylián’s Return to a Strange Land visits the Smuin stage once again. A meditation on the strange land we enter when we pass from this world, Kylián’s poignant masterpiece is sure to enthrall. Val Caniparoli’s Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino (Everything but the Kitchen Sink) also returns, presenting dynamic movement set to the music of Vivaldi.

Start out the new year right and mark your calendar for Smuin Ballet’s upcoming programming! Don’t miss our exciting programming in 2016 by ordering tickets now.

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