A review of the shows in Mountain View from the Oakland Tribune.
Smuin Ballet uninspired in Peninsula outing
By Keith Kreitman, CONTRIBUTOR
WHY WAS I so disappointed?
I've been a big fan of the Smuin Ballet for years, looking forward to its regular appearances at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.
I've loved its spirited, creative choreography — whether by Michael Smuin himself or others — and particularly the youthful enthusiasm of his stable of 16 young dancers.
But after opening night last week, I left rather empty. It's not that his current crop of dancers isn't up to previous standards, but perhaps it is the loss of some of his most charismatic regulars.
While I didn't see this program in Mountian View, I did see this program in San Francisco in the fall with many of the same dancers, and I think the reviewer is being overly harsh.
I'm glad to see Cisneros gone. He was tacky and show-bizzy in a way that belongs on Broadway and not in a ballet company. Amy Seiwert's work had artistic depth whether or not it was innovative. The company is filled with some very young dancers, but some of them are much better technicians than those who left. I felt this program was artisitcally deeper than what I have seen before from Smuin.
So, maybe the reviewer is showing his lack of ballet sophistication by implying that now that the caompany has more depth, he finds it less satisfying? Interesting.