“Be Here Now” Trey McIntyre Returns to Smuin

       With over 100 works under his belt, it’s clear that renowned choreographer Trey McIntyre’s artistic endeavors aren’t slowing down anytime soon. When Trey McIntyre first stepped into the Smuin studios to create Oh Inverted World in 2010, his time was mostly devoted to his eponymous company, Trey McIntyre Project, and the intermittent [...]

“Ingenuity and Gumption:” Smuin Ballet’s Dance Series Two

Smuin Ballet’s Dance Series Two opened at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco this past weekend. Featuring the world premiere of choreographer Helen Pickett’s Oasis, and revisiting Jiří Kylián’s classic Return to a Strange Land and Val Caniparoli’s Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino, the program offered a wide variety of musical and [...]

A Tribute to Smuin Dancer Susan Roemer

Following an incredible nine-year career of dynamic dance performance and expressive movement with Smuin Ballet, Susan Roemer will  step away from performing and focus on her growing career as a costume designer. With her keen artistry and tremendous skill as a dancer, she’s performed many key roles in Smuin productions over the years, and is [...]

Spring Events with Smuin Ballet

Smuin’s spring season is abuzz with activity! Join us for for any or all of these delightful gatherings to celebrate Smuin Ballet and the opening of our phenomenal program Dance Series Two. The series includes the premiere of Helen Pickett’s much-anticipated Oasis with an original score by Netflix’s House of Cards composer Jeff Beal. [...]

Oasis: A World Premiere in the Making

Last week, Helen Pickett returned to the studio to continue developing her upcoming world premiere for Smuin Ballet. Oasis, a nearly 25-minute work in seven parts, focuses on the idea of water in its many forms. Pickett began developing Oasis with the Company dancers in October, but the origin of the piece traces back to another [...]

An Interview with Choreographer Helen Pickett

“I’m making a premiere for California━I’m from California━and the drought is killing me.” Choreographer Helen Pickett joined Smuin Ballet in the San Francisco studio last week to create a world premiere on the dancers titled Oasis. A nearly 30-minute work in four parts, Oasis explores the concept of water in its many incarnations and implications. [...]

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