Smuin Ballet Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Season With XXTREMES Fall Program, Now thru 10/12

Smuin Ballet Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Season With XXTREMES Fall Program, Now thru 10/12

Smuin Ballet will kick off its 20th Anniversary Season tonight, October 4-12 at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts with its XXtremes Fall Program.

The lineup features Northern California's first look at Jirí Kylián's acclaimed Return to a Strange Land, set to four heart-rending pieces for solo piano by Czech composer Leoš Janácek. Set on six dancers, the piece combines elegant classical ballet and swiftly-changing geometric poses in a meditation on loss, healing, and hope, created as a tribute to Kylián's mentor John Cranko.

Smuin also brings back by popular demand the enchanting ballet Dear Miss Cline, a buoyant and colorful romp set to the music of Patsy Cline by Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert. Featuring ten Nashville tunes including "Walkin' After Midnight," "Come On In," "Triangle," "There He Goes," "Pick Me Up On Your Way Down," and more, this high spirited and sentimental hit charms audiences with a rollicking trip through Cline's country canon. The program will also include one of Michael Smuin's most lauded works, Carmina Burana. Set to Carl Orff's 1937 dramatic cantata of the same title, this iconic work from Smuin Ballet's founder sets the heart soaring with a boisterous production that celebrates life, lust, and joy - and mourns the cruelty of fate.

WHERE: Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco

WHEN: October 4-12, 2013

8pm Friday, October 4

2pm & 8pm Saturday, October 5

2pm Sunday, October 6

8pm Thursday, October 10

8pm Friday, October 11

8pm Saturday, October 12

This program repeats in March, 2014 in Walnut Creek, Mountain View, and Carmel.

TICKETS: Season subscriptions ($120-$183)* are on sale now.

Single tickets ($25-$72)* will be on sale beginning August 1 for San Francisco performances (beginning August 15 for Walnut Creek, Mountain View, and Carmel.)

*Local ticketing fees may apply

To purchase, the public can call 415.912.1899 or visit

Discounts are available for students, and groups of 10 or more.