Smuin Ballet has always been known for presenting eclectic and inventive programs. That’s definitely the case with its current “Dance Series 01,” which comes to Mountain View Center for the Arts Feb. 22-25.
It’s a diverse combination of works. “I like to think of it as three independent short stories that are on one program,” said Smuin artistic director Celia Fushille.
The program’s one connective thread is appropriate for Valentine’s month. “Each of the ballets has a reflection on love and relationships,” Fushille said, “but I love that they also showcase the dancers’ extraordinary abilities to master so many distinctive styles.”
“Serenade for Strings” opens the program. It employs the music Balanchine used for his renowned 1934 ballet, “Serenade,” but with a lively new interpretation by Garrett Ammon.
“It’s interesting for me to see a contemporary choreographer’s fresh take on the same centuries-old Tchaikovsky score,” Fushille said. “It’s using the ballet idiom, but with a little twist and lot more humor. It’s perfect for Smuin. It’s fantastic music and you see the athleticism and speed of the dancers. And I love that Ammon was able to add little whimsical gestures into his creation.”
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s acclaimed “Requiem for a Rose,” from a Schubert score, offers a different mood. Smuin presented the piece’s West Coast premiere last fall. It features 12 dancers portraying a dozen red roses. Ochoa’s costume design has the male and female dancers wearing full skirts to represent the flowers.
“I thought this would be a beautiful vehicle for us, as well,” Fushille said. “It was such an honor to get to do her work. She’s in demand all over the world. She doesn’t consider herself to be a typically romantic choreographer and yet this piece is in fact, very romantic. She was inspired by the question of, what is love and what …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment