SMUIN BALLET RETURNS
WITH 2012 EDITION OF
THE CHRISTMAS BALLET
FEATURING WORLD PREMIERES
BY AMY SEIWERT, DARREN ANDERSON, AND JANE REHM
In Livermore, Mountain View, Carmel, and San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 11, 2012) – Smuin Ballet returns with the Bay Area’s hottest holiday ticket, THE CHRISTMAS BALLET, making its annual sassy return with a perfect gift for audience members of all ages. The two distinct acts, Classical Christmas and Cool Christmas, are filled to the brim with an eye-catching array of ballet, tap, and swing, celebrating holiday traditions from around the world. The 2012 Edition includes new choreography from acclaimed Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert and Smuin artists Darren Anderson and Jane Rehm to accompany time-honored favorites. The Christmas Ballet will tour the Bay Area, beginning with shows in Livermore, followed by Mountain View, Carmel, and its annual holiday run at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Single tickets ($25-$65*) are available by calling the individual venues or visiting http://www.smuinballet.org
* San Francisco venues only, other venues $49-$65
An ever-changing carousel of mischief and elegance, THE CHRISTMAS BALLET has a diverse set of seasonal offerings that satisfies all tastes. THE CHRISTMAS BALLET, 2012 EDITION will unwrap three world premieres, including one from Smuin artist Jane Rehm for Classical Christmas, set to the Canadian Brass version of “Here We Come A-Wassailing.” Cool Christmas will feature world premieres from Darren Anderson, set to “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” and Amy Seiwert, set to “No Christmas for Me” by Zee Avi. A former dancer with Smuin Ballet, Seiwert has been choreographing since 1999 and has won numerous awards and critical accolades. Now an internationally-acclaimed choreographer, her works are in the repertory of Smuin Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, and Carolina Ballet, as well as Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Colorado Ballet, Robert Moses KIN, and Ballet Austin. Rehm is a current dancer with Smuin Ballet, and Anderson was a Smuin Ballet Company member for four years until his retirement from dancing last spring. While continuing to choreograph for the Company, he has also taken a position as Smuin Ballet’s Community Relations Manager.
The Classical first half of THE CHRISTMAS BALLET, 2012 EDITION heralds the return of several favorites, including two pieces from Artistic and Executive Director Celia Fushille set to “Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming” and “Resonet in Laudibus,” and an Amy Seiwert original set to “Sleigh Ride.” It also includes a piece by the late Michael Smuin, staged to a majestic classical recording of “Ave Maria,” that has never been performed for the holiday program. Cool Christmas promises a serenade from the King of Rock’n’Roll; a flirty “Santa Baby;” a trip to “Christmas Island” with some gyrating hula girls and surfer dudes; and a “Jingle Bells Mambo” from San Francisco choreographer Val Caniparoli.
Debuting in San Francisco in 1994, Smuin Ballet immediately established itself as one of the Bay Area’s most eagerly watched performing arts companies, as “one of this country’s most entertaining, original ballet troupes” (Dance Magazine), and as a dance company of international acclaim, performing to sold-out houses on European tours. Michael Smuin’s singular philosophy to create pieces which merge the diverse vocabularies of classical ballet and contemporary dance has served as the company’s touchstone since its beginning.
Now at the helm of Smuin Ballet is Artistic and Executive Director Celia Fushille, whose vision includes maintaining and increasing the company’s reputation for presenting accessible and innovative repertoire, attracting new audiences of all ages to the medium. The company has continued to highlight works created by Smuin, both for his own and for other ballet companies, but Fushille also enriches its impressive repertoire with newer choreographic voices, bringing the Bay Area its first look at works by exciting choreographers from around the world, as well as developing world premieres by company members. During its recent New York City debut, Smuin Ballet was praised by critics as “irresistible, bright, and breezy” by the New York Times, which also noted, “Smuin dancers are at their finest.”
Youngsters will get a “Sweet Santa” surprise at Smuin Ballet holiday performances: Santa Claus will be waiting in the lobby to greet the young and young at heart with complimentary sweets and beverages after the following performance dates: 2pm December 1 in Mountain View and 2pm December 15 in San Francisco.
FOR CALENDAR EDITORS:
WHAT: Smuin Ballet returns with the Bay Area’s hottest holiday ticket, The Christmas Ballet, making its annual sassy return with a perfect gift for audience members of all ages. An ever-changing carousel, this enormously popular holiday celebration offers something for everyone, from ballet, tap, and swing to a wealth of dances drawn from holiday traditions from around the world. This year Smuin Ballet will include new choreography by acclaimed Choreographer in Residence Amy Seiwert, as well as Smuin artists Darren Anderson and Jane Rehm. The Christmas Ballet will tour the Bay Area, beginning with shows in Livermore, then Mountain View, Carmel, and finishing up with its annual holiday run at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
2400 First Street, Livermore
(925) 943-6800 or http://www.smuinballet.org
November 23-24, 2012
7:30 pm Friday
2:00 & 7:30pm Saturday
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
500 Castro Street (at Mercy), Mountain View
(650) 903-6000 or http://www.smuinballet.org
November 28 – December 2, 2012
8:00 pm Wednesday - Friday
2:00 & 8:00 pm Saturday
2:00 pm Sunday
San Carlos Street (between 8th and 10th), Carmel
(831) 620-2048 or http://www.smuinballet.org
December 7-8, 2012
8:00 pm Friday
2:00 pm Saturday
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street
(415) 912-1899 or http://www.smuinballet.org
* The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts box office does not sell tickets for this program
December 14-23, 2012
8:00 pm Friday, Dec 14
2:00 & 8:00pm Saturday, Dec 15
2:00 pm Sunday, Dec 16
8:00 pm Tuesday, Dec 18
2:00 & 8:00 pm Wednesday, Dec 19
8:00 pm Thursday, Dec 20
8:00 pm Friday, Dec 21
2:00 & 8:00 pm Saturday, Dec 22
2:00 pm Sunday, Dec 23
TICKETS: For more information, the public can call (415) 556-5000 or visit http://www.smuinballet.org
* San Francisco venues only, other venues $49-$62 plus applicable local ticket fees
Discounts are available for seniors, students, and groups of 15 or more.