On May 4th, we hosted a special Alumni performance to celebrate our 20th Anniversary season with our electrifying XXCENTRIC Dance Series at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
It was definitely a momentous afternoon to remember. Prior to the curtain, Artistic Director Celia Fushille took the stage to welcome the audience and pay tribute to the Smuin Ballet alumni that was present.
After a breathtaking performance, which included two world-premieres, “Tutto Eccetto il Lavandion (everything but the kitchen sink)” by Val Caniparoli, “But now I must rest” by resident choreographer Amy Seiwert, and Michael Smuin’s much loved “Dancin’ With Gershwin”, the current and former artists of the company had a rare opportunity to meet and mingle at an intimate post-show champagne reception in the Green Room backstage.
As expected, there were many laughs and exchanges of amusing and sentimental stories among the dancers and staff.
Smuin Ballet’s inaugural performance was a fundraiser for the San Francisco Arts and Education Project on March 6 & 7 1994 at the exact same theater. The evening consisted of a full-length “Dances With Songs”, that was entirely created by Michael Smuin. The performance included popular Smuin Ballet works such as, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Foolish Things”, “Mambo”, and the iconic sizzling red hot chair solo that was set to “Fever”, which was first danced by alum Jennifer Jaffe!
Other alumni present were: Rika Onizuk, Noe Serrano, Kaleena Opdyke, Ryan Camou, Robin Semmelhack, Matthew Linzer, and Randy Post.
** Written by Darren Anderson (Smuin Ballet’s Communications Manager)