Smuin Ballet Alumnus Dazzles SF with his Heart

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Michael Kruzich with his art piece “Still Beating”. Photo: Michael Kruzich

One of the astounding artists to this year’s Hearts in San Francisco, the fundraising benefit for SF’s General Hospital’s Trauma Center, was none other than former Smuin Ballet dancer Michael Kruzich. Kruzich contributed a breathtaking piece at the annual event that took place on February 12, 2015.


Photo: Courtesy of Michael Kruzich

Photo: Courtesy of Drew Altizer

The large-scale three-dimensional mosaic heart titled “Still Beating”, took over three months to complete, and consisted of 930 hours and over 54,500 tesserae that were individually cut and placed by hand.

Kruzich’s stunning art piece was prominently featured at both the “Heroes and Hearts” luncheon and auction and at “Hearts after Dark,” the organization’s nighttime soiree.

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Photo: Courtesy of Michael Kruzich



After the festivities, the organizers displayed Kruzich’s magnificent centerpiece at a prominent corner of Union Square at the intersection of Geary and Powell. The “heart” has since been sold, but was initially set to be on display until October 2015.


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Photo: Courtesy of Michael Kruzich



Kruzich danced with Smuin Ballet from 1996-1998 where he was featured as an original cast member in many of Michael Smuin’s ballets such as Frankie & Johnny (where the role of the “Puppeteer Tango” was created on him), Carmina Burana, The Blue Angel, The Christmas Ballet, and many more!


Check out some of Kruzich’s other breathtaking work on his website mkmosaics.

** Written by Darren Anderson

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