Although honeybees instinctually communicate through dance, humans who attempt to do so without proper training risk insulting the queen or eating the wrong flowers. Watch pros exhibit buzz-worthy abilities with this GrouponLive deal to see the Smuin Ballet during its Spring Program from April 27 through May 6 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. For $30, you get one ticket for gold or balcony seating (up to a $66 value, including all fees). Click here to see performance dates. Customers must redeem online prior to going to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
The Smuin Ballet's Spring Program treats audiences to three inventive dance numbers that dazzle eyes and make limbs ache with admiration. Named by Dance magazine as a young choreographer to watch, Tulsa Ballet's Ma Cong presents the world premiere of a new work that still manages to please classical traditionalists. Val Caniparoli's Swipe makes use of the eerily variant strains of String Quartet no. 2 by Gabriel Prokofiev, the grandson of the famed Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. The piece complements Caniparoli's strict, technical style with melodies that recall classical works and modern club floor-fillers.
Finally, Igor Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms lends its neoclassical rigor to choreography by the late Michael Smuin, founder and longtime director of his eponymous company. Featuring what the San Francisco Bay Times called "a varied and inspiring collection of stunning choreography," the piece subverts classical ballet productions by using contemporary moves and only allowing the stagehands to wear tutus. The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts' Novellus Theater houses performances in a spare yet elegant space that juxtaposes bright-yellow panels with exposed steel, creating an industrial ambiance.