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Dance Series 02 2017-08-01T14:23:41+00:00

Dance Series 02

Oasis by Helen Pickett
Falling Up by Amy Seiwert
World Premiere by Val Caniparoli

Run time: 2 hours

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. 

Special Events

Meet and Greet

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

Pre-Show Talk

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

Performance Dates

April 20-29, 2018 • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco)

700 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA
Box office: 415-912-1899

FRI APR. 20 • 8PM
SAT APR. 21 • 2PM
SAT APR. 21 • 8PM
SUN APR. 22 • 2PM
THU APR. 26 • 8PM
FRI APR. 27 • 8PM
SAT APR. 28 • 2PM
SAT APR. 28 • 8PM
SUN APR. 29 • 2PM

May 11-12, 2018 • Lesher Center for the Arts (Walnut Creek)

1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, CA
Box Office: 925-943-7469
Tue-Sun Noon-6pm, Fri-Sat Noon-7:30pm

FRI MAY 11 • 8PM
SAT MAY 12 • 2PM

May 24-27, 2018 • Mountain View Center for the Arts

500 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA
Box office: 650-903-6000
Wed-Sun 12pm-6pm

THU MAY 24 • 8PM
FRI MAY 25 • 8PM
SAT MAY 26 • 2PM
SAT MAY 26 • 8PM
SUN MAY 27 • 2PM

June 1-2, 2018 • Sunset Center (Carmel)

San Carlos St at 9th Ave, Carmel, CA
Box Office: 831-620-2048
Mon-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm, Sat 2-4pm

FRI JUN. 1 • 8PM
SAT JUN. 2 • 2PM

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