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Smuin Contemporary Ballet: Dance Series

September 15, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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$25 – $89

James' Kudelka's acclaimed "The Man in Black," set to the music of Johnny Cash, returns to Smuin in "Dance Series 1," touring the Bay Area September 15-October 7, 2023.

Celebrating three decades of bringing innovative dance to the Bay Area, Smuin will kick off its 30th season with a World Premiere by one of America’s most sought-after choreographers, Darrell Grand Moultrie, set to music by Grammy, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award winning composer Charles Fox.

Smuin audiences welcome the return of Moultrie to the company, who presented the Bay Area premiere of Jazzin’ in 2013. Moultrie’s premiere for Smuin will unite him with Fox, the acclaimed composer for film and television as well as popular songs (“Killing Me Softly,” “I Got a Name”), who also created the scores for Michael Smuin’s Zorro! (to be revived later this season) and A Song for Dead Warriors (presented by San Francisco Ballet and filmed for PBS’ Dance in America).

Also on the bill is James Kudelka’s The Man in Black, a contemporary ballet danced in cowboy boots to the music of Johnny Cash. This captivating piece is an ode to American working-class grit featuring complex choreography influenced by popular country-western dance styles including line, square, swing, and step dancing. Rounding out the program is San Francisco-based, internationally acclaimed choreographer Val Caniparoli with the playful Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino (everything but the kitchen sink). This dynamic 11-part neoclassical work embraces the music of Italian Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi and celebrates the incredible athleticism and versatility of the Smuin dancers.

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    7:30pm, Fri, Sep 15
    2pm, Sat, Sep 16
  • MOUNTAIN VIEW (Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts): September 21-24, 2023
    7:30pm, Thu, Sep 21
    7:30pm, Fri, Sep 22
    2pm & 7:30pm, Sat, Sep 23
    2pm, Sun, Sep 24
  • SAN FRANCISCO (Cowell Theater): September 29-October 7, 2023
    7:30pm, Fri, Sep 29
    2pm & 7:30pm, Sat, Sep 30
    2pm, Sun, Oct 1
    7:30pm, Thu, Oct 5
    7:30pm, Fri, Oct 6
    7:30pm, Sat, Oct 7


September 15, 2023
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$25 – $89


Smuin Contemporary Ballet
(415) 912-1899
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Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr
Walnut Creek, CA 94596 United States
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