"Smuin Ballet" tag
Garrett Anderson and Anne Zivolich-Adams in Joe & Ida by Penny Saunders.© Andrew Weeks. (Click image for larger version)

SFDanceworks – Concerto Six Twenty-Two, Lickety Split, Joe & Ida, Portrait, Z – San Francisco

★★★✰✰   With this first season, Sofranko has proved himself a good curator of choreographic and dance talent, with a preference for loveliness in movement and movers.

Ballet Hispanico in Flabbergast.© Paula Lobo. (Click image for larger version)

Ballet Hispanico – Flabbergast, Bury Me Standing, Club Havana – New York

★★★★✰   Anyone in need of resurrecting their libido need look no further than Ballet Hispanico’s 45th anniversary season at the Joyce Theater…

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery – Traveling Alone, Starting Over at the End, Back To – New York

Amy Seiwert, a San Francisco-based choreographer, is gifted. For the last several years, she has held the position of Choreographer in Residence at Smuin Ballet, where she has arguably surpassed her mentor, the troupe’s founding father, Michael Smuin, in choreographic talent…

Derrick Agnoletti and Aaron Rogers in Alexander Ekman's Episode 31.© Cheryl Mann. (Click image for larger version)

Joffrey Ballet – Incantations, Son of Chamber Symphony, Bells, Episode 31 – San Francisco

As always, it’s a pleasure to see the Joffrey Ballet, especially since 2007 when artistic director Ashley Wheater assumed his post and began a terrific revival of the company…

Terez Dean and Eduardo Permuy in Jirí Kylián’s Return to a Strange Land.© Keith Sutter. (Click image for larger version)

Smuin Ballet – XXtremes: Seiwert, Kylian and Smuin bill – San Francisco

Earlier this month Smuin Ballet danced their XXtremes bill in San Francisco with works by Amy Seiwert, Jiri Kylian and Michael Smuin. Aimée Tsao with thoughts on the bill and where the company might be heading…

Weston Krukow, Annali Rose and James Gilmer in Amy Seiwert's The Devil Ties My Tongue.© David DeSilva. (Click image for larger version)

Amy Seiwert’s Imagery – Sketch 3 – San Francisco

Amy Seiwert’s Sketch series is about dancers taking risks. Aimée Tsao caught up with Sketch 3 and works by Seiwert, Marc Brew and Val Caniparoli…

Aidan DeYoung and Post:Ballet in Robert Dekkers' field the present shifts.© Tricia Cronin. (Click image for larger version)

Post:Ballet – Four Plays: Colouring, Sixes and Seven, When in Doubt, field the present shifts – San Francisco

Dekkers has some interesting ideas for collaborations with composers, visual artists and set designers, which sound good in the program notes but, at best, they remain embryonic on stage.

Jane Rehm and Jonathan Dummar in Petal by Helen Pickett.© Keith Sutter. (Click image for larger version)

Smuin Ballet – Chants d’Auvergne, Petal, Jazzin’ – San Francisco

The Smuin Ballet’s current season, Spring Bouquet, has one remarkable flower at its center. The ballet’s title, Petal, hardly does it justice in this metaphor since the work is far beyond the sum of its botanical parts.

Korea National Contemporary Dance Company and Trey McIntyre Project in The Unkindness of Ravens.© Stephanie Berger. (Click image for larger version)

Trey McIntyre Project / Korea NCDC – Mixed bill – New York

The Unkindness of Ravens – collaborative efforts are not easy, especially when they are cooked up over a short period. The two companies are just similar enough – contemporary, ballet-based – to make the project even more complicated.

Jonathan Powell and Terez Dean performing Adam Hougland's Cold Virtues.© Keith Sutter. (Click image for larger version)

Smuin Ballet – Starshadows, No Vivire, Homeless, Cold Virtues, Oh Inverted World – San Francisco

I believe that the current dancers have greater technical proficiency and more years of stage experience than previous members , and with those elements, Ballet Master Amy London’s avid quest toward perfection can finally be realised.

Peng Yu-Chen and Brandon Freeman in Gina Patteron's The Inconstant.© David deSilva. (Click image for larger version)

Amy Seiwert’s SKETCH 2, The Women Choreographers & ODC/Dance Summer Sampler – San Francisco

The idea behind Amy Seiwert’s SKETCH 2 is to promote women ballet choreographers. Included in the press kit was an informal survey of twenty-four ballet companies with income over $5 million in the United States. Of the 302 works to be performed this upcoming season only 27 were by seventeen women.

Benjamin Behrends, Jane Rehm and company in Oh, Inverted World.© David Allen. (Click image for larger version)

Smuin Ballet – Oh Inverted World, Soon These Two Worlds, Medea – New York

‘Oh, Inverted World’ is fun and fresh, and it proves McIntyre – who also leads his own company, the Trey McIntyre Project – to be a choreographer of many talents.

John Speed Orr and Erin Yarbrough-Stewart in Through. © Keith Sutter. (Click image for larger version)

Smuin Ballet – Swipe, Through, Symphony of Psalms – San Francisco

If you prefer ballet in a more intimate space with easily accessible choreography, energetically performed by dedicated dancers …you might want to check out Smuin Ballet which has come a long way from its original roots.

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