The 2008 Meadows Fall Dance Concert celebrates the legacy of African-American dance with masterworks by three renowned choreographers set to music ranging from Ralph Vaughan Williams to John Coltrane – and supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Performances take place Nov. 6-9 and Nov. 13-16 at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center.
The program begins with the legendary Alvin Ailey’s romantic 1972 ballet, The Lark Ascending (top right), set to Vaughan Williams’ symphonic poem of the same name.
Songs of the Disinherited (bottom right) by Donald McKayle is presented with the help of a grant from the American Masterpieces: Dance-College Component initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. The work’s four sections encompass the African-American experience from slavery and the Depression to a contemporary affirmation of African-American heritage.
The concert closes with Eleo Pomare’s Las Desenamoradas. The work, inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, features a Coltrane jazz score and a choreographic style influenced by the paintings of 17th-century Spanish artist Diego Velázquez.