Set to music by John Adams, Return features six male and six female dancers as a group of teens who find a secret place. ''It's abstract with a narrative stream through it,'' Smith tells us. ''While they're there they have a fun time with one another. Other than that, I've keep it abstract … so that people can bring their own interpretation to it.''
Smith says the contemporary Return is representative of only some of his interests and skills as a choreographer. ''I've always had two sides to me. I was brought up in the competition circuit with jazz, the So You Think You Can Dance type of dancing, but then I started training professionally in ballet and came to Houston. There are days when I like to choreograph more classically, and then there are days I really want to run around and roll on the floor. I love Vivaldi, but I also love Philip Glass. I love to choreograph in bare feet … and I love pointe shoes. This piece, this time around, is going to be more contemporary but I just want people to know, in the future, there will be tutus.''
7:30 p.m. September 5, 7, 13, 14 and 2 p.m. September 8 and 15. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. For information, call 713-227-2787 or visit houstonballet.org. $19 to $190.
Thu., Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 8, 2 p.m.; Fri., Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 15, 2 p.m., 2013