Be moved on a photo of two ballet dancers in blue with smuin contemporary ballet 21/22 season2021/22 Season – Be Moved.

We are thrilled to announce the 2021/22 season and our return to live performances!

Our 2021/22 season delivers astounding, accessible and breathtaking productions. This season will move you from Amy Seiwert’s irresistible Patsy Cline tribute, Dear Miss Cline, and our most fiercely festive The Christmas Ballet ever to Smuin’s premiere of You Are Here created by internationally acclaimed choreographer Gina Patterson. Be entertained by Val Caniparoli’s provocative modern narrative, Confessions, and new and expanded works in Showcase by Smuin, created by current Smuin Artists Tessa Barbour and Brennan Wall. The art of Smuin has never stopped.

Smuin’s virtual programming will continue with some performances exclusively available online, and our in-theater shows available for virtual viewing.

We hope you’ll join us this season, whether that’s in-theater, online, or both!


In-person theater subscriptions are still available. Subscriptions give you the best seating at the lowest prices, with free exchanges, and are renewable from season to season. For subscription information, please call the Smuin Box Office at 415.912.1899 or email

Virtual Season 2021/22 Subscriptions are available for $65*

*Smuin’s virtual 2021-22 Season includes Dance Series 1 – Love, Smuin, Dance Series 2 – P.S. Forever Smuin and The Christmas Ballet. Dance Series performances will be new recordings made when we are live on stage. The Christmas Ballet will be an archived compilation created with past seasons. Performances are followed by live conversations on Zoom with Artists, special guests and artistic staff.

Smuin continues to follow all state and local guidelines to keep our Company Artists, staff and audiences safe and healthy. When we return to theaters to perform, we will follow the protocols each venue directs at the time of our live shows. If for any reason you do not feel comfortable attending, all tickets are fully refundable.

2021/22 Season  – Be Moved. 

Virtual Season 2021/22 Only

Photo by Chris Hardy

Limitless Michael Smuin

Our Virtual Fall Season, Limitless Michael Smuin includes four audience favorites from our archives that will be presented on demand. Tickets include unlimited virtual viewing during this exclusive online series. Also included is Artists’ Insights, a panel conversation with artists and collaborators led by Smuin artistic staff on 9/13, 9/20, 9/27 & 10/4, the final Monday night of each of our virtual performance runs. 

Michael Smuin was known for his pas de deux work and his story telling. He infused both with passion and life. Limitless Michael Smuin revisits archival footage of these works, some not seen in 20 years. They show some of the history of Smuin and the character and spirit of our founder. Through narrative, Michael could touch our emotions and put us in touch with our humanity.

The press called Stabat Mater “one of Smuin’s most affecting ballets.” Michael Smuin’s personal artistic response to the events of 9/11 is an affirmation of the human spirit, set to composer Antonín Dvořak’s composition based on the 13th century hymn “Stabat Mater Dolorosa.” On the 20th anniversary of this national tragedy, we reflect on life, loss, resilience, and hope.

Cyrano is a balletic adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play about an unattractive poet and soldier who is too afraid to confess his love for the beautiful Roxane and woos her on behalf of his handsome friend. Set to various Mozart selections, the ballet is filled with romance, humor and incredible swordplay. When the ballet premiered in New York, Anna Kisselgoff of the New York Times said,

Cyrano, Mr. Smuin’s ingenious distillation of “Cyrano de Bergerac” wears pure love on its sleeve.”

Pinocchio tells the beloved story of the wooden puppet who becomes a real boy and learns the meaning of love. Smuin’s story ballet inspired by the original novel by Carlo Collodi, first published in 1883, unfolds to a score of 18th and early 19th century works by Vivaldi, Corelli, Geminiani, Rossini, Donizetti, and Scarlatti.

Zorro! is a swashbuckling adventure focused on the travels of the California folk hero created by author Johnston McCalley and an original score by Charles Fox. We think you’ll agree that Zorro! demonstrates Michael Smuin’s flair for making Broadway-style entertainment at home on the ballet stage.

Streaming Schedule

Stabat Mater: September 9-13
Artists’ Insights, Monday, September 13, at 6:30 pm PT

Cyrano: September 16-20
Artists’ Insights, Monday, September 20, at 6:30 pm PT

Pinocchio: September 23-27
Artists’ Insights, Monday, September 27, at 6:30 pm PT

Zorro!: September 30 – October 4
Artists’ Insights, Monday, October 4, at 6:30 pm PT

Virtual Season Only

Photo by Chris Hardy

The Christmas Ballet

Be entertained by the choreography of Michael Smuin and new dance delights from guest dancemakers.

Smuin’s most fiercely festive The Christmas Ballet ever is a confection for everyone. This year includes two world premieres and our signature showcase of classical and contemporary dances set to songs of the season.

The San Francisco Chronicle declared our holiday on-stage gift “sheer joy . . . the finest toast to the season.”

The two acts of The Christmas Ballet feature the best of both worlds: sublime classical ballet set to carols and red-hot contemporary works set to pop favorites. We’ll unwrap new treats this year composed of Smuin’s signature medley of ballet, contemporary, character, Broadway jazz, and tap.

The Christmas Ballet will also be offered as a virtual on-demand streaming option from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Smuin’s full 21/22 season is also available as a virtual subscription.

Dates and Locations

November 19-20, 2021: Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek

December 2-5, 2021: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View

December 10-11, 2021: Sunset Center, San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea

December 16-26, 2021: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard Street, San Francisco

The Christmas Ballet

Photo by Max van der Sterre

Dance Series 1 – Love, Smuin

You Are Here by Gina Patterson
Dear Miss Cline by Amy Seiwert
Been Through Diamonds by Amy Seiwert

Love, Smuin is our 21/22 Dance Series 1. The series includes Smuin’s premiere of You Are Here created by internationally acclaimed choreographer Gina Patterson. Premiering with Cincinnati Ballet in 2013, The Cincinnati Enquirer called the ballet, “Forceful and swirling . . . an endless series of surprises.” Patterson’s unforgettable work is a tale of loss and perseverance set to the music of Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi.

Two favorites by former Smuin Choreographer-in-Residence Amy Seiwert are on the program. Be entertained by the incomparable Dear Miss Cline, a cheekily charming tribute to Patsy Cline, celebrated country singer who is remembered for her irresistible crossover hits. And Seiwert’s breathtaking Been Through Diamonds, her first work upon retirement from dancing in 2008, puts her geometrically inventive movement on display through a neoclassical look at relationships between four couples, set to Mozart’s String Quintet in C Minor.

Mentored as a choreographer by Michael Smuin while dancing with the Company and appointed Choreographer-in-Residence by Celia Fushille, Seiwert’s work has been described by The San Francisco Chronicle as “keeping founder Michael Smuin’s legacy of unabashed showmanship alive.”

You will be moved by the life, humanity, and irresistible creativity that Amy Seiwert and Gina Patterson bring to our stages with every show.

DS1 – Love, Smuin, DS2 – P.S. Forever Smuin and The Christmas Ballet are available as a virtual subscription.

Dates and Locations

February 4-6 & 11-13, 2022: Cowell Theater, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco

February 18-19, 2022: Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek

February 24-27, 2022: Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View


Dance Series 1

Photo by David DeSilva

Dance Series 2 – P.S. Forever Smuin

Confessions by Val Caniparoli
by Amy Seiwert
Showcase by Smuin works by Artists Tessa Barbour and Brennan Wall

First premiered by Smuin in spring of 2018, Confessions, originally named If I Were a Sushi Roll, makes its playful return in Dance Series 2 – P.S. Forever Smuin. Iconic dancemaker Val Caniparoli captures what the San Francisco Chronicle called “truly, madly, funny and spirit-tingling” movement in his nine-part dance set to contemporary classical baroque by American composer Nico Muhly and Faroese singer/songwriter Teitur.

Renaissance by Amy Seiwert, a powerful dance inspired by the 385-mile “Women’s Wall” protest in India aimed at building awareness of gender equality on New Year’s Day 2019, is revived on the program. Seiwert’s ballet is set to an evocative a cappella soundtrack by Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble, an award-winning Oakland-based group specializing in the techniques of traditional and contemporary Balkan, Slavic, and Caucasian vocal styling.

Showcase by Smuin includes world premieres by current Company Artists Tessa Barbour and Brennan Wall, continuing our correspondence in love letters with audiences. Be moved as we dance live again and spotlight Smuin’s astounding, accessible way of art.

DS2 – P.S. Forever Smuin, DS1 – Love, Smuin and The Christmas Ballet performances are available as a virtual subscription.

Dates and Locations 

April 29-May 1 & May 5-8, 2022: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard Street, San Francisco

May 19-22, 2022: Mountain View Center for the Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View

May 27-28, 2022: Sunset Center, San Carlos Street at 9th Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Dance Series 2

Photo by Chris Hardy