Smuin Ballet to Launch 22nd Season This Fall with Two World Premieres

Smuin Ballet will kick off its 22nd Season September 18-October 4 with the Bay Area tour of Dance Series One.

The program features two world premieres, including a piece by Smuin Ballet's Choreographer-in-Residence Amy Seiwert that is inspired by Russian composer and pianist Dmitri Shostakovich's "Suite For Jazz Orchestra (1938)."

Also premiering is a work by Smuin dancer Ben Needham-Wood, which is set to an original score by composer and cellist Ben Sollee.

The series includes the return of Ma Cong's fast and flirtatious French Twist, which received high praise for its world premiere with Smuin Ballet in spring of 2010. Inspired by the American cartoon "Tom and Jerry," French Twist uses contemporary movement set to five musical selections by the late French composer Hugues Le Bars. Michael Smuin's stunning Bouquet also returns. Timeless in its beauty, the lyrical Bouquet is set to a pair of glorious Shostakovich piano concerti.

This program repeats in March 2016 in Carmel.

SHOWS:

WALNUT CREEK:

September 18-19, 2015

8:00 pm Friday

2:00 pm Saturday

Lesher Center for the Arts

1601 Civic Drive (at Locust), Walnut Creek

925-943-7469 or www.smuinballet.org

Subscriptions: $120-$204*

Single tickets $51-$68* available in August

MOUNTAIN VIEW:

September 24-27, 2015

8:00 pm Thursday

8:00 pm Friday

2:00 & 8:00 pm Saturday

2:00 pm Sunday

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

500 Castro Street (at Mercy), Mountain View

650-903-6000 or www.smuinballet.org

Subscriptions: $120-$204*

Single tickets $51-$68* available in August

SAN FRANCISCO:

October 1-4, 2015

8:00 pm Thursday

8:00 pm Friday

2:00 & 8:00 pm Saturday

2:00 pm Sunday

Palace of Fine Arts

3301 Lyon Street (at Bay Street), San Francisco

415-912-1899 or www.smuinballet.org

Subscriptions: $95-$204*

Single tickets $24-$67* available in August

*All prices are listed without fees -- box office and order fees may apply.

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

Pictured: Smuin Ballet dancers Ryan Camou, Terez Dean, and John Speed-Orr seen here when Smuin last performed Ma Cong's French Twist. French Twist will be performed as part of Smuin Ballet's Dance Series One in the 2015-2016 season. Photo by Scot Goodman.

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