"Serenade for Strings," "Objects of Curiosity," "Frankie & Johnny"
October 3, 2014
Palace of Fine Arts
San Francisco, CA
by Rita Felciano
copyright © Rita Felciano, 2014
To tell the truth, it was with some trepidation that I considered Smuin Ballet's opening program of their new Untamed series. Did I really want to see a work to Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings in C" that nobody, at least as far as I knew, had attempted since Balanchine had put his genius to its service in 1934? And what about Michael Smuin's "Frankie & Johnny" about as louche a piece of choreography as I had ever seen? Besides, San Francisco offered that rare balmy evening -- about once every five years -- where you can open your front door and not be hit by an onslaught of cold air from the Pacific. But, of course, I went. And, of course, it was worth it.
Joshua Reynolds and Erica Felsch in "Serenade for Strings"
Photo: Keith Sutter