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Farewell Tribute at SF Ballet, 5/11, for Rubén Martín Cintas and Damian Smith

Two of San Francisco Ballet’s powerhouse superstars will be honored this coming Sunday, May 11 at the War Memorial Opera House. Retiring from the Company this season, the careers of Principal Dancers Rubén Martín Cintas and Damian Smith will be celebrated with special video tributes along with scenes from Helgi Tomasson’s The Fifth Season; George Balanchine’s The Man I Love from Who Cares?; Jerome Robbins’ In the Night; Hans van Manen’s Variations for Two Couples; and a pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain.

Rubén Martín Cintas and Damian Smith
Rubén Martín Cintas and Damian SmithDavid Allen and Chris Hardy

Rubén Martín Cintas is a native of Reus, Spain. His career at SF Ballet began in 2000 as a member of the corps de ballet. Three years later he was promoted to Soloist and in 2006 became a Principal Dancer. I saw him first in a stunning performance of Afternoon of a Faun. This season he appeared as Hilarion opposite Lorena Feijóo in a spectacular production of Tomasson’s Giselle. He has also danced the leading role of Albrecht as well as many other leading roles including Prince Siegfried and Von Rothbart in Tomasson’s Swan Lake; the Nutcracker Prince and King of the Snow in Tomasson’s Nutcracker; Onegin in John Cranko’s Onegin; and has been featured in numerous roles in the Company’s productions including Nanna’s Lied, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Rodeo, West Side Story Suite, Le Carnaval des Animaux, Jardin aux Lilas, Firebird, and many more.

Damian Smith was born in New South Wales, Australia. He has been a member of SF Ballet since 1996. In 1998, Damian was promoted to Soloist and in 2001 to Principal Dancer. His recent performance in the pas de deux from Tomasson’s The Fifth Season opposite Yuan Yuan Tan as well as their teaming in productions of Yuri Possokhov's RAkU are emblematic of this extraordinary dancer’s unique career. His many featured roles include Drosselmeyer and King of the Snow in Tomasson’s Nutcracker; Gamache in Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote, Von Rothbart in Tomasson’s Swan Lake, Dr. Coppelius in Balanchine’s Coppélia; Tybalt and Paris in Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet; The Poet in John Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid, and many more. In Program 8, the Company’s final entry this season, Damian was featured in Jerome Robbins’ Glass Pieces.

For more information on this special event and to purchase tickets on-line, click here: FAREWELL