Faculty in the News: April 19, 2011

Jean Paul Comelin

Faculty in the News: April 19, 2011

Jean-Paul Comelin, Distinguished Visiting Artist in Residence in Dance, Meadows School of the Arts, was the subject of an interview on how dance brings art and love to stage that was published in KERA’s Art&Seek March 31, 2011.

Jeff Bellin, Dedman School of Law, talked about a court ruling that could make it easier for victims of child pornography around the country to get restitution for an article published by The Associated Press March 25, 2011.

Jim Hollifield, Tower Center for Political Studies, Dedman College, participated in a panel discussion on the future of religion, medicine, media, and world power at the Festival of Ideas, organized by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. He was featured in a story on the festival that appeared in Pegasus News March 27, 2011.

William Lawrence, Dean, Perkins School of Theology, and Matt Wilson, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about whether legal disputes involving churches and other religious institutions are constitutionally different from those involving their secular counterparts in a “Texas Faith” blog post for The Dallas Morning News April 5, 2011.

Bud Weinstein, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, talked about job gains and the economic outlook for Texas with The Dallas Morning News April 1, 2011. In addition, he discussed with The Weather Channel how Japan’s April 7 aftershock will affect the world economy in a segment that aired April 7, 2011. video

Hiroki Takeuchi, Political Science, Dedman College, talked about Japan’s aging population and its lack of preparation for retirement with The Dallas Morning News April 2, 2011.

Bruce Bullock, Maguire Energy Institute, Cox School of Business, discussed rising fuel costs and their effect on food prices with The San Marcos Daily Record April 7, 2011.

Mike Davis, Finance, Cox School of Business, talked about whether Dish Network’s purchase of Blockbuster would mean layoffs with the Star Newspapers April 8, 2011.

Bill Dorsaneo, Dedman School of Law, discussed a U.S. district court judge’s reversal of a $625.5 million jury decision against Apple Inc. with The Tyler Telegram April 6, 2011.

April 19, 2011|Faculty in the News|

Meadows presents 2011 Spring Dance Concert March 30-April 3

Vigeland's Garden by SMU faculty member Christopher Dolder. The dancers are Sidney Anthony and Jamal Jackson White.
Vigeland’s Garden, featuring Sidney Anthony and Jamal Jackson White (Photo by Brittany Nicole.)
Camille...a Poem of Intimacy by SMU guest artist-in-residence Jean Paul Comelin. The dancers are Jessalyn Phillips and Joshua D. Deininger.
Camille…a Poem of Intimacy
, featuring Jessalyn Phillips and Joshua D. Deininger (Photo by Brittany Nicole)
Prayers by New York-based choreographer Jessica Lang
Prayers (Photo by Brittany Nicole)

The Meadows Dance Ensemble at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts will present a selection of ballet and contemporary works at its 2011 Spring Dance Concert, March 30-April 3 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

The featured dances include:

  • Prayers by New York-based choreographer Jessica Lang.
  • Camille…a Poem of Intimacy by guest artist-in-residence Jean Paul Comelin.
  • Vigeland’s Garden by Meadows faculty member Christopher Dolder.
  • No Contact by student Jamal Jackson White.
  • Two special student performances of Martha Graham’s Panorama.

The SMU concert opens with Prayers, a celebration of a supportive community of nine female dancers set to the music of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Josquin Des Prez. Jessica Lang’s choreography portrays the interpersonal relationships that inform, enliven and strengthen the community. The work was originally commissioned by NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and premiered in 2008.

Next on the program is Vigeland’s Garden by new faculty member Christopher Dolder, inspired by the seminal work of Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. The Darwinian comedy/drama interprets the cyclical patterns of nature – birth, life, death and rebirth – as they play out in the animal kingdom.

Camille…a Poem of Intimacy is a work in progress by guest artist-in-residence Jean Paul Comelin, an internationally renowned choreographer, director and master teacher who has created more than 70 works for major dance companies on five continents. Camille is a pas de deux inspired by the sculptures of French artist Camille Claudel (1864-1943), pupil and mistress of Auguste Rodin.

Also featured will be No Contact, a work choreographed by SMU dance student Jamal Jackson White and premiered at the University’s Brown Bag Dance Concert last fall.

On Friday and Saturday evening only, SMU dancers will give a special performance of Martha Graham’s Panorama. The performances serve as a preview of the SMU Dance Ensemble’s presentation of the work as part of the upcoming Martha Graham Dance Company performance at the Winspear Opera House on April 30 presented by TITAS in association with the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

The SMU students were invited by the Graham Company – the oldest and most celebrated dance company in America – to perform the work, says Myra Woodruff, SMU dance faculty member and a former Martha Graham dancer.

“It is a tremendous honor for our college dance ensemble to have been invited to perform with the Graham Company in concert,” Woodruff says. “It is indicative of the exceptionally high regard the Graham Company has for SMU’s Division of Dance.”

Premiered in 1935, Panorama is a groundbreaking work for 35 dancers set to a score by Norman Lloyd, which uses sheer numbers and geometric design to drive home Graham’s intense socio-political themes.

Spring Dance Concert performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. Free parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley or in the garage under the Meadows Museum. For tickets and more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

March 30, 2011|Calendar Highlights, News|
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