Our Virtual Fall Season, Limitless Michael Smuin, includes four audience favorites from our archives presented on demand. Tickets include five-day viewing access during this exclusive online series, and 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 his works, some not seen in 20 years. Each performance shows 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.
Tickets are $12 each to view a single ballet and include five-day viewing.
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
Artists’ Insight Panel – Stabat Mater
Artists’ Insight Panel – Cyrano
Photography by Chris Hardy