Oct 4, 2013 - Mar 29, 2014
Between loss and desire
lives a paradox of emotion.
Carmina Burana | Michael Smuin, Choreographer
Dear Miss Cline | Amy Seiwert
Walnut Creek | Lesher Center for the Arts | Mar 14–15
Mountain View | MV Center for the Performing Arts | Mar 19–23
Carmel | Sunset Center | Mar 28–29
The world after the death of a loved one is both familiar and foreign. Czech dancer and choreographer Jiří Kylián has said of Return to a Strange Land, his heart-rending tribute to Stuttgart Ballet choreographer, John Cranko, “The title is a contradiction. How can you return to a land where you have never been before?” Kylián’s composition explores the devastation of loss and weaves a story of reincarnation and rebirth over four solo piano pieces composed by Leoš Janáček.
From these depths, Carl Orff’s impassioned Carmina Burana sends the heart soaring, with a boisterous production that celebrates life, lust, and joy – and mourns the cruelty of fate. Michael Smuin’s choreography is at its most intensely physical, evoking the eroticism and power of the poems on which the piece was based, and culminating in the extravagant “O Fortuna.”
By popular demand Smuin brings back 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.