September 16 - October 8

Take Five by Rex Wheeler, aka Lady Camden a RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist, set to music by Dave Brubeck

Requiem for a Rose by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, set to Franz Schubert, Quintet in C major, Adagio performed by Alban Berg Quartett

World Premiere by Cuban choreographer Osnel Delgado

Soaring works and new commissions open Smuin Ballet’s 22/23 season. Dance Series 1 is a mixed repertoire program, including pandemic-delayed world premiere created by Cuban choreographer Osnel Delgado, crowd-favorite Take Five by Rex Wheeler set to the music of jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, and Requiem for a Rose created by renowned choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

Dates and Locations 

September 16-18, 2022: Mountain View Center for the Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View

September 23-October 2, 2022: Cowell TheaterFort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco

October 7-8, 2022: Lesher Center for the Arts,1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek

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If you are interested in subscribing to Smuin’s 2022/23 season, please email boxoffice@smuinballet.org or call the San Francisco Box Office at 415.912.1899 ext 1.

Photo of Maggie Carey by Chris Hardy

Choreographers of Dance Series 1

AKA Lady Camden, is originally from London, England, and trained at the Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst School for Dance. After dancing with Birmingham Royal Ballet as a student, he performed with Slovak National Ballet and Sacramento Ballet before dancing with Smuin from 2015-2018. A San Francisco-based choreographer and a founding member of Capital Dance Project, Wheeler has created works for many organizations across the country including Sacramento Ballet, Richmond Ballet, the New York Choreographic Institute, and Smuin Contemporary Ballet.

Photo by Maximillian Tortoriello

The Belgian-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is an award-winning and sought-after choreographer that has created new works for more than 70 dance companies around the world such as the Dutch National Ballet, English National Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, among many others.

After a 12-years long dance career, where she danced in various European companies such as the Scapino Ballet, she decides in 2003 to focus her energies solely on choreography. In that same year she is hailed “rising star of the Dutch dance scene” (NRC newspaper) and only 7 years later the Temecula Performing Arts Examiner wrote; ”Ochoa is truly a masterful choreographer with an edge for what dance can and should be in this constantly changing industry”.

A versatile choreographer, Lopez Ochoa creates within the dance field but also for theatre, opera, musical theatre. Her wide-ranging body of work includes short conceptual pieces, full-length narrative ballets, and dance films.

In 2019, Annabelle became the recipient of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award as well as the program director of the Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Ballet Summer Course.

This season Annabelle will create her 10th narrative ballet “Coco Chanel, the life of a fashion icon” for the Hong Kong Ballet.

Photo by Julio Cesar Herrera

Osnel Delgado is Founder, Artistic Director, Dancer, and Choreographer of Malpaso Dance Company. He danced with Danza Contemporanea de Cuba from 2003 to 2011. In 2012 he founded Malpaso Dance Company with Fernando Sáez, and Daileidys Carrazana. Malpaso Dance Company has become one of the most sought after Cuban dance companies with a growing international profile. Emphasizing a collaborative creative process, Malpaso works with top international choreographers while nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography. An Associate Company of Joyce Theater Productions, Malpaso — together with The Joyce— has commissioned original works from prominent North American choreographers and tours with 11 dancers.

Delgado has worked with choreographers Mats Ek, Rafael Bonachela, Kenneth Kvarnström, Ja Linkens, Itzik Galili, Samir Akika, Pedro Ruiz, Isidro Rolando and George Cespedes, among others. He has created works for DCC, Rakatan and Ebony Dance of Cuba. Delgado is a 2003 graduate of the National Dance School of Havana, where he is also a professor of dance studies.

Photo by Todd Rosenberg