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Pirouetting After Midnight 

Wednesday, Sep 28 2011
The spirited founder of the Smuin Ballet may have passed away in 2007, but the influence of Michael Smuin’s fierce movements live on — this time to the contralto crooning of Patsy Cline. The choreography in the main work, World Premiere, part of the company’s Fall/Winter Program, is the most “Smuin-esque” to date from Amy Seiwert, whose years with Smuin as mentor have shaped her into a riveting force during the company’s healing years. In the past the company has performed — to great acclaim — ballet works to popular music as disparate as the Shins and Frank Sinatra, so tonight a trip through the discography of the late Grand Ole Opry star is in good hands (and feet). The program includes a commemoration of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11; Smuin’s own Stabat Mater mourns, in heart-wrenching duets, the losses of that day set to the religious cantata of the same name by Antonín Dvorák — written in the wake of his daughter’s death. The choreography that premiered in 2002 has the same effect today as immediately after the attacks. A Rodin-based pas de deux, The Eternal Idol, and a boudoir brouhaha, Tango Palace — both resurrected Smuin works — round out the program.
Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 8 p.m., 2011

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