Dance Series 02 offers a tour-de-force featuring three distinct works. 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. 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. Master dance maker Val Caniparoli returns to Smuin to create a world premiere. 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.

Run time: 2 hours, including intermission

Additional Events:

Meet & Greet: April 20
Don’t miss your chance to meet and mingle with the Smuin dancers in the lobby immediately following the program.

Pre-Show Talk: April 26
Artistic Director Celia Fushille offers a behind-the-scenes discussion on each program with pre-show talks, exclusive to Smuin ticket holders. Pre-show talks begin 45 minutes prior to curtain in San Francisco.

Ann Murphy, Mercury News
"Val Caniparoli’s witty, ingeniously crafted works show how supple and self-aware contemporary dance can be. He celebrates invention, relationships and sophisticated wit with wry gestures, beautiful formations and a warm humanity."


Regular admission

Purchase tickets at or by calling the Smuin box office: 415-912-1899.

YBCA Members

Members enjoy 20% off regular admission to Smuin Dance Series 02 performances presented at the YBCA Theater. Discount not valid for other Smuin season programs or venues.

  • Online: contact YBCA Box Office at 415-978-2787 or Membership Services at to receive the promo code for placing your order at
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About Smuin

For more than 20 years, Smuin has pushed the boundaries of contemporary ballet within a distinctly American style, engaging and delighting audiences with uncommon physicality and expression. Founded in San Francisco in 1994 by Tony and Emmy-award-winning choreographer Michael Smuin, the Company is committed to creating work that merges the diverse vocabularies of classical ballet and contemporary dance. Since 2007, Artistic Director Celia Fushille has enriched the Company’s impressive repertoire with contemporary choreographic voices, commissioned world premieres, and collaborated with inventive choreographers from around the world.

Photo: Keith Sutter