Two world premieres are highlights of Meadows’ 2015 Spring Dance Concert, March 25-29

John Selya

Two world premieres are highlights of Meadows’ 2015 Spring Dance Concert, March 25-29

Photographs from the 2015 Spring Dance Concert Rehearsal, taken by Kim Leeson.

Photographs from the 2015 Spring Dance Concert Rehearsal, taken by Kim Leeson.

The Meadows Dance Ensemble in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts presents its 2015 Spring Dance Concert, March 25-29, in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. 

This year’s concert features two world premieres by noted guest choreographers, as well as the revival of an acclaimed work by jazz dance artist and faculty member Danny Buraczeski.

The program opens with the premiere of Darkside by Artist-in-Residence John Selya. Based on the Tom Stoppard BBC radio play with music from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon album, Selya’s Darkside brings a visual element to what has been a solely auditory work. In addition to teaching and choreographing at universities and dance companies across the nation, Selya is a Tony-nominated dancer and Broadway veteran.

The second performance features faculty member Danny Buraczeski‘s in the revival of his acclaimed 1999 piece Ezekiel’s Wheel. Inspired by the life and work of author and civil rights activist James Baldwin, Ezekiel’s Wheel is set to a percussive musical score interspersed with passages of Baldwin’s writings.

The program concludes with the premiere of The Hi Betty Cha-Cha by alumnus and founder and director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Joshua Peugh (’06). Featuring five contrasting sections, the work is set to music by Dean Martin, as well as Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

Performance take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Available for purchase online, tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, students and staff. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office.

Meadows presents 2013 Fall Dance Concert Nov. 13-17

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The SMU Meadows Dance Ensemble presents two world premieres and two classical works for a night of stunning performances at its 2013 Fall Dance Concert, Nov. 13-17.

The night begins with a world premiere from an SMU alum as Joshua Peugh (B.F.A. ’06) debuts his work PICK-UP. PICK-UP is performed by 12 dancers and is set to the music of Dave Brubeck, Dinah Washington and deadmau5, combining jazz classics and popular electronic music. After graduating from Meadows Peugh co-founded Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, based in Seoul, South Korea; since opening the company has produced 17 award-winning works in five countries. In a release Peugh said, “The kind of work I am interested in creating will hopefully connect with people on an instinctual level, one that’s Universal to all humans, regardless of the culture they come from.”

Follow Joshua Peugh on Twitter 

The second performance is also a world premiere, this time from John Selya. Selya is a current Meadows School artist-in-residence and will premiere Ain’t Confidential at the Fall Dance Concert. Ain’t Confidential is a female solo performance set to Ride My Arrow by Bill Callahan. Selya is a Tony-nominated dancer and choreographer and has performed in four Broadway musicals.

The night continues with Dark Elegies, choreographed by Antony Tudor. Tudor is one of the 20th century’s most renowned ballet choreographers, and Dark Elegies is his favorite – and considered his greatest – ballet. The performance expresses raw emotion and loss; it is set to Song Cycle Kindertotenlieder by Gustav Mahler.

Joshua Peugh rehearsing with the PICK-UP dancers via Peugh's Twitter

Joshua Peugh rehearsing with the PICK-UP dancers via Peugh’s Twitter

The final performance is Zero Cool, choreographed by Cathy Young. Young is a performer, choreographer and master of jazz dance; she has toured throughout the United States and Europe and been honored for her work. Currently Young is director of the Dance Division of the Boston Conservatory. Zero Cool “uses intricate patterns and highly stylized movement to reference various inspirations.” The unique jazz work is set to Latin American Suite and Far East Suite by Duke Ellington.

The Fall Dance Concert runs Nov. 13-16 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students.

November 12, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|
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