The Smuin Ballet is one of the city's true cultural jewels, and it's still shining brightly in its 22nd season, with cutting-edge pieces like the world premiere featured in their latest performance, Dance Series Two at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center. Set to an original score by Emmy-winning composer Jeff Beal (House of Cards), choreographer Helen Pickett explores the abundance and scarcity of water in her much-anticipated new work, Oasis. Also on tap is the emotion-filled Return to a Strange Land by legendary Czech contemporary dance master Jirí Kylián, and the whimsically titled Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino (everything but the kitchen sink) by Val Caniparoli, a dynamic neoclassical piece set to Vivaldi.
There’s a post-show meet-and-greet with the dancers following the performance on June 3rd.
Photo Credit: Erica Chipp • Photo by Lois Greenfield