SMUIN BALLET 2007 SEASON – Opens May 11th at SF’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

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SMUIN BALLET, 2007 – Carmina Burana

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

The upcoming season for SMUIN BALLET features CARMINA BURANA plus two World Premieres on May 11th at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a stage that Michael Smuin helped launch as an internationally-recognized dance venue. The popular, richly theatrical ballet Carmina Burana returns as the headliner, taking one to a savage, sleek and sensual world where the laws of ballet take fresh, mysterious turns.

In addition to this powerful ballet are two world premieres: one choreographed by Michael to Schubert and an original ballet Falling Up, to Brahms by Smuin Company member Amy Seiwert and a reprise of Michael’s pas de deux from his Emmy Award winning Romeo and Juliet.

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COURTNEY HELLEBUYCK and IKOLO GRIFFIN

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KEVIN YEE-CHAN and YOKO CALLEGARI

On Sunday, May 20th, the Company will host its annual gala at San Francisco’s Four Seasons Hotel, preceded by a special performance at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The season will continue with Bay Area performances in Walnut Creek (May 25th & 26th at the Lesher Center for the Performing Arts), Mountain View (May 30th – June 3rd at the Mountain View Center for the Arts) and in Carmel (June 8th & 9th at The Sunset Center). August 13th – 18th the company returns to the New York City’s Joyce Theatre with performances of SCHUBERT’S SCHERZO, BELLS OF DUBLIN, SHINJU, and OBRIGADO, BRAZIL.

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MICHAEL SMUIN

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
701 Mission Street, San Francisco
(415) 978-2787
TO ORDER TICKETS ON LINE:
Friday, May 11th at 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 12th at 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 13th, 2007 at 2:00 pm
Sunday, May 13th at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, May 15th at 8:00 pm
Wednesday, May 16th at 8:00 pm
Thursday, May 17, at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, May 18th at 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 19th at 2:00 pm
Saturday, May 19th at 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 20th at 4:00 pm – Dancin’ for Smuin Gala

MOUNTAIN VIEW AT THE MOUNTAIN VIEW CENTER FOR THE ARTS
500 Castro Street, Mountain View
(650) 903-6000
Wednesday, May 30th – Sunday, June 3rd
To order tickets on-line: SMUIN BALLET, Program 2

LESHER CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Friday, May 25th – May 26th
1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek
(925) 943-7469
To order tickets on-line: SMUIN BALLET, Program 2

CARMEL AT THE SUNSET CENTER
Friday, June 8th – Saturday, June 9th
San Carlos Street, Carmel-by-the-Sea
(831) 620-2048
To order tickets on-line: SMUIN BALLET, Program 2

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San Francisco Sentinel’s Fine Arts Critic Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Ask him a question on AllExperts.com . If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: seanmartinfield@att.net.

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