A preview of Smuin Ballet's new mixed bill by Allan Ulrich in The San Francisco Chronicle.
That Kylián breeds contentment among dancers is only one reason why Smuin Ballet's artistic and executive director, Celia Fushille, has imported his work. That his dances are infrequently seen in the Bay Area is another. "But then, his style has influenced so many choreographers," says Fushille.
There's a training aspect to bringing in Kylián, too. "Dancers must be capable of mustering the rigor of ballet, while keeping a fluidity in the neck and arms," she says.