"Tutto Eccetto Il Lavandino" (all except the kitchen sink), "Return to a Strange Land", "Oasis"
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA
May 7, 2016
by Rita Felciano
copyright © Rita Felciano 2016
The dancers of Smuin Ballet closed the spring season with confident, intelligent performances of a program that couldn’t help but please most of its sizable audience. Helen Pickett’s “Oasis” was the world premiere, a follow up of her ever-so fresh (2008) “Petal”, shown by the company in 2013 and 2014. Val Caniparoli’s 2014 Smuin commission, the spiffy “Tutto Eccetto Il Lavandino” (everything except the kitchen sink) returned as an opener. But the prize for exquisite pure dance has to go the reprise of Jirî Kylian’s 1975 haunting “Return to a Strange Land,” given its Bay Area premiere by Smuin Ballet three years ago.
Smuin Dancers in "Oasis." Photo © Keith Sutter