Spring is special in San Francisco. In a city where we spend most of the year wrapped up in sweaters and scarves to fend off the harsh ocean winds, the sun peaking out from behind a perpetual fog bank is music to our eyes. Smuin Ballet, one of our homegrown dance companies, understands this. Their Spring Bouquet is an on-stage tribute to everyone's favorite season.
There are three acts. Petal celebrates rebirth in nature and was called "the perfect piece for spring," by Atlanta magazine. JAZZIN' will feel like a Sunday afternoon driven by the sounds of Wynton Marsalis. And Michael Smuin's Chants d'Auvergne evokes the best springtime subject of all, romance. The dancers are classically trained, but don't expect your mother's ballet - Smuin likes to keep things fresh. Guest choreographers Helen Pickett and Darrell Grand Moultrie are known for their work in modern, contemporary, and tap, in addition to ballet. This might be the perfect spring show, but we still think you should bring a sweater, just in case the fog rolls in.
Spring Bouquet today at 2 p.m. (runs May 10-19) at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. S.F. Admission is $24-$65; call 912-1899 or visit smuinballet.org.