May 26, 2022 – June 30, 2022

Confessions by Val Caniparoli
by Amy Seiwert
Two premieres by current Smuin Artists: Vignettes by Tessa Barbour and Untwine by Brennan Wall

Virtual show runtime – approximately 90 minutes

Artists’ Insights Panel Discussion

Listen to Celia Fushille, Amy London, Val Caniparoli, Amy Seiwart, Brennan Wall and Tessa Barbour discuss the creation of the dance pieces that make up Dance Series 2. Recorded May 31, at 6:15 pm PT

What CriticalDance is saying about Dance Series 2!

“Delicate, graceful, and full of delight…traditional ballet, but with a twenty-first century sensibility.” (Vignettes)

“Danced with enviable passion!” (Untwine)

“The surprises never ended. Great fun!” (Confessions)

“Striking. Picturesque.” (Renaissance)

– Heather Desaulniers CriticalDance

Digital Program

First premiered by Smuin in spring of 2018, Confessions, originally named If I Were a Sushi Roll, makes its playful return. 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 is revived on the program, inspired by the 385-mile “Women’s Wall” protest in India aimed at building awareness of gender equality on New Year’s Day 2019. 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.

Two world premieres by current Company Artists come to the stage this series, continuing our correspondence in love letters with audiences: Vignettes by Tessa Barbour and Untwine by Brennan Wall. Be moved as we dance live again and spotlight Smuin’s astounding, accessible way of art.

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Dates and Locations of live performances

April 29-May 1 & May 5-7, 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

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Photo by Chris Hardy