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Dance Company Program Runs Gambit

3/10/2008
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Sioux Falls, SD (3.12.08)

– Coming to the Great Hall of the Washington Pavilion on Saturday, April 5, 2008 is the world renowned ballet company, Smuin Ballet. The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. This performance marks the final production in the 2007-08 Husby Series performance season at the Pavilion.

Smuin Ballet was founded in 1994 by acclaimed choreographer Michael Smuin, the former Director of the San Francisco Ballet, former principle dancer and resident choreographer for American Ballet Theatre, and recipient of multiple Tony, Drama Desk, Fred Astaire, and Emmy Awards and nominations for his work on Broadway (including Sophisticated Ladies and Anything Goes) and PBS’ Dance in America.

The Smuin program will consist of two acts. Carmina Burana with its dark, richly theatrical music evolves spectacularly under the masterful choreography of Michael Smuin...a sensual and ebullient exploration of loneliness and longing. The ballet is startling – instant transportation to a savage, sleek and sexy world where the laws of ballet take unexpected and mysterious turns. Carl Orff’s powerful music and the Tony-winning choreographer’s unique sensuality combine to create pure ballet dynamite.

Dancin’ With Gershwin

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a critically-acclaimed sensation, is an exuberantly sexy tribute to the masters of song. Blending ballet with Broadway pizzazz, Dancin’ With Gershwin is set to the most cherished Gershwin classics: Lena Horne’s Someone To Watch Over Me, Nat King Cole’s Our Love is Here to Stay, Marilyn Monroe’s unforgettable Do It Again, and extraordinary recordings of Gershwin hits performed by Fred Astaire, Ella Fitzgerald and Peter Gabriel, among many others.

Smuin Ballet is presented as part of the Dance-on-Tour program and the South Dakota Arts Council. As a part of the South Dakota Dance-on-Tour program, this presentation is supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from General Mills Foundation, Land O’Lakes Foundation, Sprint Corporation, and South Dakota Arts Council. Sponsors for this presentation are First National Bank and Howalt McDowell Insurance, Inc. Media sponsors are KELO TV, KELO FM and SD Public Broadcasting. Tickets are $18, $28 and $36 and available at (605) 367-6000 or www.washingtonpavilion.org.

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