Smuin Ballet

When: Fri., Feb. 3, 8 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 4, 2 & 8 p.m. 2012

Ballet is a marvelous conveyance for human emotion -- witness Smuin Ballet's winter program, which runs the gamut from elated to elegiac. The program opens with Dear Miss Cline, Amy Seiwert's suite of vivacious dances set to a jukebox of Patsy Cline hits, which garnered critical and audience kudos in its fall 2011 debut. Cline shares the bill with three pieces choreographed by the company's late founder, Michael Smuin, to music from tango to Chopin to Dvorak (respectively): the sultry Tango Palace; The Eternal Idol, a pas de deux inspired by the Rodin sculpture and created for American Ballet Theatre in 1969; and Stabat Mater, a dolorous reflection on September 11. Smuin Ballet performs at the Lesher Center for the Arts (1601 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek) on Friday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 4, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $49-$59. 925-943-7469 or

Claudia Bauer

Price: $49-$59

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