Smuin Ballet presents a spellbinding program that embraces four exciting works, including an exhilarating World Premiere that will leave you wanting more!
Smuin Ballet closes its 21st Season with a thrilling and passionate evening, highlighted by the balcony pas de deux from Michael Smuin’s acclaimed Romeo and Juliet balcony Pas de Deux. The ballet was created in 1976 during Smuin’s tenure as co-artistic director at San Francisco Ballet, where it received rapturous reviews, and became the first full-length ballet – as well as the first performance by a West Coast company – to be shown on the PBS TV series Great Performances: Dance in America. Clive Barnes of The New York Times wrote, “New York Times (Clive Barnes): “I fell in love. Extremely inventive. Eloquent, intense and luminous. This is a very strong version of the ballet. Admirable.”
Also on the bill is the highly-anticipated return of Helen Pickett’s Petal, which sets pairs of dancers into sensual, lyrical motion against a backdrop of vivid spring hues. Allan Ulrich of the San Francisco Chronicle declared, “Thanks are in order to Smuin Ballet for importing Pickett’s Petal. It riveted the attention from the opening moment. Spellbinding.” Petal is set to an effervescent score by Philip Glass and Thomas Montgomery Newman.
In this program, Smuin Ballet is thrilled to unveil a World Premiere from Adam Hougland, set to music by indie-rock singer-songwriter Joan as Police Woman. Hougland’s ballet Cold Virtues received its lauded West Coast premiere with Smuin Ballet in 2012, and was celebrated by the San Francisco Chronicle as “Refreshing. Inventive. Fascinating to watch, engrossing to the end.” SF Classical Voice said Hougland employed “Rip-roaring movement vocabulary. Stunning energy. Brilliant exposition. Unforgettable.”
And finally, the evening will celebrate the Centennial of celebrated French singer Edith Piaf with vignettes from Michael Smuin’s Hearts Suite, a journey based on the 1945 French film “Les Enfants du Paradis,” set to a Piaf vocal score. This gem of a ballet takes audiences to the 1820’s Parisian theatrical world, in which a man loses his heart to a mysterious woman. Opening night audiences (May 8 at Yerba Buena Center) will receive a special treat: legendary French vocalist Raquel Bitton will perform the music of Edith Piaf live for one special performance with Company Pianist Donald White.
Shows run May 8 – June 6 in San Francisco, Mountain View, Walnut Creek, and Carmel
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