Oasis: A World Premiere in the Making

Last week, Helen Pickett returned to the studio to continue developing her upcoming world premiere for Smuin Ballet. Oasis, a nearly 25-minute work in seven parts, focuses on the idea of water in its many forms. Pickett began developing Oasis with the Company dancers in October, but the origin of the piece traces back to another [...]

Distinctive, Exhilarating, and Infectious: Choreography Showcase

Smuin Ballet’s 2016 Choreography Showcase just concluded its run at ODC Theater January 29-30. Featuring 11 works from eight Smuin dancers, the performance offered a variety of musical choices, choreographic styles, and costume designs. The music ranged from Debussy to Missy Elliott to Bon Iver, while several pieces featured original costumes by Company member Susan [...]

Nicole Haskins Takes on Creative Challenges

The 2016 Choreography Showcase is this weekend! This unique opportunity offers a space for Smuin’s dancers to choreograph short pieces on one another and perform them in a professional setting. Recently, we spoke with Company member Nicole Haskins about her experience in choreography and her piece for this year’s showcase. Nicole in Helen Pickett's [...]

Capturing a Season: Telling Smuin’s Story in Images

What goes into producing a new season at Smuin Ballet? After the repertoire has been confirmed and venues are secured, it’s time to create a visual library for the season. Since dance is a very visual medium, Smuin produces original photography to tell the company’s story through each of the season’s programs. Inspiration images [...]

The Next Generation of Dance Makers: Smuin Ballet’s Choreography Showcase 2016

January brings a unique choreographic presentation to the Smuin stage. The 2016 Choreography Showcase, presented at the ODC Theater, invites Company members to create short pieces in a variety of styles on one another. Held in an intimate space, attendees witness engaging new works and hear the dancers and choreographers discuss their artistic processes in [...]

Dancer Spotlight: Robby Kretz

The Christmas Ballet has only a few performances left in San Francisco! With the holidays and the new year just around the corner, we’re grateful for our many talented dancers, committed staff, dedicated patrons and donors. Recently, we sat down with new Smuin Ballet dancer Robby Kretz to talk about his experience with the Company. [...]

Supporting Smuin Ballet: An Interview with the Chens

The holiday season is in full swing, and Saturday evening’s show of The Christmas Ballet at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts was a night to remember! This performance featured a walk-on appearance from Patti Chen, a member of the Golden State Warriors’ Jr. Jam Squad. At the end of our show, Patti [...]

The Christmas Ballet Reviews Are In!

Smuin Ballet’s The Christmas Ballet just concluded at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, following a fantastic run at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek and the Sunset Center in Carmel. An annual yuletide treat, The Christmas Ballet is full of dance offerings both classical and cool. New to The Christmas Ballet this year [...]

Shannon Hurlburt Returns for The Christmas Ballet

Shannon Hurlburt in "Bells of Dublin." Tom Hauck, 2007. Former Company member Shannon Hurlburt is returning to the stage for select performances of The Christmas Ballet! Shannon will reprise his signature tap-dancing role in “Bells of Dublin.” “Hurlburt’s tap dance solo to The Chieftains’ ‘Bells of Dublin,’… almost stopped this show Friday, and [...]

Setting the Stage – Behind the Scenes of The Christmas Ballet

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Smuin Ballet! Following a fantastic opening in Walnut Creek, we were curious about the many details behind the scenes that make The Christmas Ballet magical. We sat down with Production Director and Stage Manager Kathryn T. Graham (KT) to learn more about what goes into this [...]

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