Dance Series 02
Oasis by Helen Pickett
Falling Up by Amy Seiwert
World Premiere by Val Caniparoli
Run Time: 2 hours
700 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA
Box office: 415-912-1899
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, CA
Box Office: 925-943-7469
Tue-Sun Noon-6pm, Fri-Sat Noon-7:30pm
500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA
Box office: 650-903-6000
For select dates, meet and mingle with the Smuin dancers in the lobby immediately following the program.
- April 20 at 8pm – Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
- May 11 at 8pm – Lesher Center for the Arts
- May 25 at 8pm – Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
- June 1 at 8pm – Sunset Center
Artistic Director Celia Fushille offers a behind-the-scenes discussion on the program. Pre-show talks begin 45 minutes prior to curtain in San Francisco, East Bay, and Monterey Peninsula venues, and 30 minutes prior in South Bay.
- April 26 at 8pm – Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
- May 12 at 2pm – Lesher Center for the Arts
- May 24 at 8pm – Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
- June 2 at 2pm – Sunset Center
Helen Pickett’s Oasis is stirring and gorgeously dispatched… Her spiky classicism keeps the dancers engaged.
Val Caniparoli’s choreographic invention never flags. At once twitchily original and rich, the movement vocabulary delightfully overflows.
Jeff Beal’s churning, soaring score sets the pulse racing as couples swirl their way from wing to wing [in Helen Pickett’s Oasis].
About the Program
Helen Pickett’s sensual and powerful Oasis, set to an original score by Emmy award-winning House of Cards composer Jeff Beal, returns to the Smuin stage. Pickett offers challenge and inspiration to dancers and audiences alike, igniting the stage with passionate energy. A feast for the senses, Oasis explores the concept of water in its many incarnations and implications, celebrating its abundance and its essential role in life. Following its premiere in Spring 2016, the San Francisco Chronicle called the ballet a “stirring and gorgeously dispatched” work that “sets the pulse racing,” while The Mercury News hailed it as “ingeniously crafted.”
Choreographer-in-Residence Amy Seiwert’s visually stunning Falling Up offers an in-depth exploration of strength and trust between partners. Set to a lush piano score by Johannes Brahms, Seiwert’s signature sculptural movement and intimate partnering enhance the energy of contemporary ballet, resulting in a delicate creation. Critical Dance noted the dancers “turn(ed) the steps into moving works of art” upon its premiere in 2007.
Master dance maker Val Caniparoli returns to Smuin to create a world premiere to conclude the 24th season. Capitalizing on the strengths of the Smuin dancers, Caniparoli weaves a unique movement narrative that transforms time-honored classical forms into vibrant, cutting-edge and humanistic dance experiences. Caniparoli was last seen with the Company when commissioned by Smuin in Spring 2014 to create his lauded Tutto Eccetto Il Lavandino (everything but the kitchen sink), a piece set to the music of Vivaldi.