San Francisco, CA 94123
Category: Performing Arts Venues
Region: Marina/ Cow Hollow
The spirited founder of the Smuin Ballet may have passed away in 2007, but the influence of Michael Smuins fierce movements live on this time to the contralto crooning of Patsy Cline. The choreography in the main work, World Premiere, part of the companys Fall/Winter Program, is the most Smuin-esque to date from Amy Seiwert, whose years with Smuin as mentor have shaped her into a riveting force during the companys healing years. In the past the company has performed to great acclaim ballet works to popular music as disparate as the Shins and Frank Sinatra, so tonight a trip through the discography of the late Grand Ole Opry star is in good hands (and feet). The program includes a commemoration of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11; Smuins own Stabat Mater mourns, in heart-wrenching duets, the losses of that day set to the religious cantata of the same name by Antonín Dvorák written in the wake of his daughters death. The choreography that premiered in 2002 has the same effect today as immediately after the attacks. A Rodin-based pas de deux, The Eternal Idol, and a boudoir brouhaha, Tango Palace both resurrected Smuin works round out the program.
Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 8 p.m., 2011