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SMUIN will perform Dance Series 02 in late spring. Photography by Thomas Krappitz.
Trey McIntyre. Photography by Otto Kitsinger.
Southern California native Nicole Haskins. Photography by Chris Hardy.
Smuin dancers Haskins, Dustin James, Erin Yarbrough-Powell and Jonathan Powell. Photography by Thomas Krappitz.

Smuin Reaches New Heights

by C California Style

The S.F. ballet company hits the stage May 5

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Smuin dancers Haskins, Dustin James, Erin Yarbrough-Powell and Jonathan Powell. Photography by Thomas Krappitz.

In the 10 years since former Smuin dancer Celia Fushille took over the reins of Michael Smuin’s San Francisco ballet company, the muse-turned-artistic director has made her priorities known. For Fushille, who has the distinction of being one of the few female artistic directors in the business, the dancer comes first. “I’m very aware that a dancer’s career is short,” she says. “They are trying to pack some really significant experiences into 15 or so years.”

Her new program, Dance Series 02, is built around taking chances on talent. She’s asked company member Nicole Haskins to produce her first 20-minute piece, set to Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence,” while more established artist Trey McIntyre presents a new work influenced by the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Choreographer-in-Residence Amy Seiwert relaunches her Broken Open, set to experimental music by cellist-composer Julia Kent. “It’s exciting for me to encourage Amy and Nicole,” says Fushille. “And Trey—he is also such a unique visionary. He’s wonderful to work with and very cerebral. I wanted the dancers to have that.” May 5-7, Mountain View; May 12-13, Walnut Creek; May 19-28, San Francisco; June 2-3, Carmel-by-the-Sea; smuinballet.org.

Written by ELIZABETH KHURI CHANDLER.

This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of C Magazine.