Contemporary ballet

Smuin’s annual gala on March 3 celebrates the contemporary ballet company’s quarter century

Smuin Contemporary Ballet celebrates its silver anniversary with the annual Smuin Gala, hosted by Co-Chairs Patti and Jerry Hume and Athena and John Konstin along with the Smuin Board of Directors and Friends of Smuin Committee. Honoring 25 years at the forefront of contemporary ballet, San Francisco’s artistic, civic and philanthropic leaders will mingle with Smuin performers at this fabulous party featuring cocktail reception, gourmet dinner prepared by McCall’s, world-class wines from the Grgich estate Hills of Napa Valley, and delightful performances by the exquisite dancers of Smuin. Guests will also enjoy a thrilling live auction featuring unique gifts and experiences, followed by an after-dinner dance. Smuin’s annual gala takes place at 5 p.m., Sunday, March 3, 2019 at The Galleria, 101 Henry Adams Street, San Francisco. For tickets and more information, the public can contact Smuin at (415) 556-5000 x100 or visit

Smuin’s board and executives attend the event: Dell Larcen (Chairman), Patti Hume (Founding Chairman), Lee Baxter (vice-president), Karen D. Kadushin (secretary) and Madelyn Mallory (treasurer), as well as the Friends of Smuin committee. Live auction items will include rare and memorable experiences and great goods and services. Among the unique items at this year’s auction: a Golden State Warriors VIP experience in the Hearst suite, a must-have set from collector Smuin with a pair of Michael Smuin‘s, a chance to be on stage with the dancers in a special appearance in Smuin’s annual Christmas ballet show, and more.

Funds raised at Smuin’s annual gala will support the company in bringing its innovative productions to the Bay Area, ensuring that the company’s productions maintain the scintillating signature that Smuin audiences know and love. as it celebrates a quarter century of combining the art of classical ballet with the athleticism of the contemporary. Dance.

For 25 years, Smuin has pushed the boundaries of contemporary ballet with a distinctly athletic and innovative style, engaging and delighting audiences with uncommon physicality and expression. Founded in San Francisco in 1994 by Tony and Emmy award-winning choreographer Michael Smuin, the company is committed to creating works that fuse the diverse vocabularies of classical ballet and contemporary dance. Artistic director since 2007, Celia Fushill has maintained Michael Smuinwhile enriching the company’s impressive repertoire by collaborating with inventive choreographers from around the world, commissioning world premieres and bringing new contemporary choreographic voices to the Smuin stage.

Smuin’s daily newspaper and online media sponsor for the 2018/2019 season is the San Francisco Chronicle and SFGATE.