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Smuin Presents "Dance Series 01"

Smuin launches its 25th anniversary season with Dance Series 01, a fall program that pushes the boundaries of contemporary ballet. Acclaimed dancemaker Trey McIntyre returns with his fourth collaboration with Smuin in Blue Until June, a sultry dance set to the heart-wrenching vocals of legend Etta James. Continuing Smuin’s long-time dedication to fostering new talent within the company is a trio of groundbreaking works first developed in Smuin’s Choreography Showcase: Merely Players by Smuin dancer Nicole Haskins, Reflection by Smuin dancer Ben Needham-Wood, and Sinfonietta by former Smuin dancer Rex Wheeler. Dance Series 01 will also include Michael Smuin’s timeless Schubert Scherzo, an effervescent dance set to Schubert’s sprightly C-Major Symphony called “A clear statement of his legacy, at its best” by The New York Times. Rounding out this bill is Eternal Idol, Michael Smuin’s romantic pas de deux inspired by Auguste Rodin’s iconic sculptures of “The Eternal Idol” and “The Kiss.” This program repeats in February and March 2018 in Mountain View and Carmel.