Smuin Ballet will kick off its 20th Anniversary Season October 4-12 at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts with its XXtremes Fall Program. The lineup features Northern California’s first look at Jiří Kylián’s acclaimed "Return to a Strange Land," set to four heart-rending pieces for solo piano by Czech composer Leoš Janáček. Set on six dancers, the piece combines elegant classical ballet and swiftly-changing geometric poses in a meditation on loss, healing, and hope, created as a tribute to Kylián’s mentor John Cranko. Smuin also brings back by popular demand 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. The program will also include one of Michael Smuin’s most lauded works, "Carmina Burana." Set to Carl Orff’s 1937 dramatic cantata of the same title, this iconic work from Smuin Ballet’s founder sets the heart soaring with a boisterous production that celebrates life, lust, and joy – and mourns the cruelty of fate.