Smuin com­pany tries chore­og­ra­phy

San Francisco Chronicle - - SATURDAY - — Leba Hertz

Smuin’s 2017 Chore­og­ra­phy Show­case is the op­por­tu­nity for the com­pany’s dancers to prove they can also cre­ate a dance.

In this edi­tion, Smuin dancers Tessa Bar­bour, Erica Felsch, Ni­cole Hask­ins, Dustin James, Robert Kretz, Ben Need­hamWood, Rex Wheeler and Smuin alum­nus Matthew Linzer all will have pieces per­formed by the com­pany.

Af­ter each per­for­mance, au­di­ence mem­bers will have a chance to ask ques­tions about the chore­og­ra­pher’s process. In ad­di­tion to the Show­case, Hask­ins, Need­ham-Wood and Wheeler have al­ready had their works per­formed by Smuin as well as other com­pa­nies. Hask­ins has re­ceived a Fel­low­ship Grant at the New York Chore­o­graphic In­sti­tute, Need­ham-Wood has a lo­cal Emmy for co-cre­at­ing the doc­u­men­tary short “BaseBal­let,” and Wheeler’s works have been seen at Sacra­mento Bal­let, Bal­let Academy East and Slo­vak Na­tional Bal­let, to name a few.

Chris Hardy

Erica Felsch, here with Jonathan Pow­ell, has a piece in the show­case.

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