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Smuin Ballet Comes to NYC, Now thru 8/18

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Smuin Ballet performs a special New York City engagement this summer, tonight, August 13th – August 18th, 2012, at The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street).  

The performances will include: founder Michael Smuin's Medea, a powerfully hypnotic work created during his tenure as artistic director of San Francisco Ballet; and the New York premieres of  Oh, Inverted World, a piece by Trey McIntryre set to music by indie-rock band The Shins; and Soon These Two Worlds, an effervescent ballet by Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert and set to pulsating music from the Grammy Award-winning Kronos Quartet's Pieces of Africa.

Debuting in March 1994, Smuin Ballet adheres to the philosophy that ballet should be a living dance form that can continue to engage and delight modern audiences and numerous sold-out houses.
 
Between 1995 - 2006, the company premiered over forty works by Michael Smuin and also begun premiering works by a new generation of choreographers, drawn from Smuin Ballet's own company of artists before his untimely passing while in the dance studio rehearsing in April 2007 for a new season of works.  The mission of Smuin Ballet is to bring enjoyment of dance to new as well as to existing audiences through works that extend and enrich the art with presentations of uncompromising originality and quality.
 
Smuin Ballet has called the Bay Area home for the past sixteen years. Audiences throughout the vast San Francisco metropolitan area have embraced Smuin performances with passion and enthusiasm since the beginning, supporting an expanding subscription program and touring schedule. The company offers four seasons in the Bay Area -- the San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Mountain View, and a Carmel season as well. There are three engagements yearly at each venue. Smuin Ballet also tours nationally and internationally. For more about the ballet, visit www.smuinballet.org.
 
Michael Smuin, the founder/director of Smuin Ballet, made the San Francisco Bay Area his home when he was a Principal Dancer with San Francisco Ballet, before going on to dance on Broadway, and appearing in film and television. He was Principal Dancer and Resident Choreographer for American Ballet Theatre before returning to San Francisco as Director of San Francisco Ballet (1973-1985), and was instrumental in raising that company's profile in the international arts community, including many "Dance in America" programs on PBS. He directed ABT's 50th Anniversary Gala. Broadway credits include Sophisticated Ladies, Anything Goes (Tony Award for Choreography), Shogun and Canciones de Mi Padre. Feature film credits include Cotton ClubStar Wars: Phantom Menace, and The Fantasticks. Television credits include Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall. He has won Emmy Awards forRomeo and Juliet, The Tempest, and A Song for Dead Warriors. His ballets are in the repertories of many major dance companies.
 
Performances for the summer engagement are: Monday - Wednesday at 7:30 pm; Thursday - Saturday at 8:00 pm; and matinees at 2:00 pm on Wednesday and Saturday. Tickets start at $10!, $19, $35 & $49.  Call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 for $10 tickets. All other tickets can be purchased online, at the Box Office; or through JoyceCharge (212) 242-0800and www.joyce.org.

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