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Smuin Ballet: The Christmas Ballet

Smuin Ballet

Dec. 20 - 28

XXmasSmuin Ballet avoids the whole Nutcracker scrum every year by doing a program they call The Christmas Ballet. It’s the opposite of traditional, despite its 20th anniversary this year. The program is playful, sexy, and completely contemporary, with a premiere this year from Robert Dekkers, the artistic director of Post: Ballet. Choreographer-in-residence Amy Seiwart is represented by Sleigh Ride! and I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Stuhr Remix). There’s the tap-danced “Bells of Dublin,” Val Caniparoli’s “Jingle Bells Mambo,” and a mix of contemporary costumes. If you’re looking from a respite from the Land of Sweets, this just might be it.

Michael Zwiebach is the senior editor/ content manager for SFCV. He assigns all articles and content, manages the writing staff and does editing. A member of SFCV from the beginning, Michael holds a Ph.D. in music history from the University of California, Berkeley.