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'Requiem:' A World Premiere at Smuin Ballet

If the ‘80s are back via hipsters in hot pink Ray Bans, then Smuin Ballet is as hip as ever. This spring, the company performs Momentum, an iconic blend of classical and modern ballet that defined the ‘80s dance scene and propelled the late choreographer Choo-San Goh into the international spotlight. In addition, Michael Smuin’s tribute to the Beatles (originally created in 1984) remains a fun blend of acrobatics and color, set to music you may recognize. 

But the real reason to buy a ticket is Amy Seiwert’s latest world premiere. Called “one of the country’s most exciting young dance makers” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Seiwert hits it out of the park again with Requiem, an intense and gorgeously choreographed work. Taking on Mozart’s famously unfinished mass, Seiwert explores the workings of grief with sinking plies, explosive lifts, and a striking use of light. Innovative and talented, Seiwert’s work is always worth seeing. 

May 6-15. Yerba Buena Center, 701 Mission Street. Tickets are $20-62 at 415-978-2787.