12 Photos We Love from the 2015 Fall Dance Concert

The premiere of Wild and Precious opened the 2015 Fall Dance Concert All photos by Paul Phillips
The premiere of Wild and Precious opened the 2015 Fall Dance Concert
All photos by Paul Phillips

A world premiere, a masterwork by 20th-century dance pioneer José Limón and the revival of an acclaimed work by jazz dance artist and faculty member Danny Buraczeski were featured in the Fall Dance Concert presented by SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts Division of Dance. The works performed:

  • Opening the program was the premiere of Wild and Precious, a contemporary ballet by Robert Dekkers, artistic director of San Francisco’s Post:Ballet, set to composer Daniel Lentz’s minimalist work Wolf Is Dead. Created especially for the SMU Dance Ensemble, the performance was a celebration of both youthful energy and the evanescence of life.
  • The program continued with There Is a Time, a masterpiece of modern dance created in 1956 by José Limón and composer Norman Dello Joio. SMU dancers performed the work by invitation in October at New York’s Joyce Theater as part of the 70th anniversary celebration of the Limón Dance Company; the Meadows School of the Arts was one of only nine university dance programs internationally selected to perform in the Limón festival.
  • Concluding the Fall Dance Concert is a restaging of Professor Danny Buraczeski’s rollicking jazz work Swing Concerto, created in 1993 when he was artistic director of the acclaimed Minneapolis-based company Jazzdance.

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Behind the Scenes: Hear the Meadows Jazz Orchestra Rehearse For Their Fall Concert

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On Sunday, November 22, The Meadows Jazz Orchestra is closing out the fall semester with an afternoon of big band music. One of the composers is current SMU Meadows Music student Derrick Horne (B.M. Composition, ’14 and M.M. ’16, Composition), with a piece entitled “I Remember Dave.” Courtesy of the Meadows Jazz Orchestra, here’s a behind the scenes look at the piece. Join for the show on Sunday–it’s free

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Watch This: Two Teasers for Meadows Prize Winner Complex Movement’s “Beware the Dandelions”

The 400-square-foot polyhedron pod structure designed in collaboration with Detroit-based architect Aaron Jones to create an immersive visual and sound experience (photo by Kim Leeson)
The 400-square-foot polyhedron pod structure designed in collaboration with Detroit-based architect Aaron Jones to create an immersive visual and sound experience (photo by Kim Leeson)

2015 Meadows Prize winner Complex Movements brings its multimedia performance art pod to the Tower Building in Fair Park for a month-long engagement. Part musical performance, part visual art installation and part community organizing tool, Beware of the Dandelions tells a sci-fi story of building a movement from the grassroots up and is performed for groups of 35 people at a time inside the pod, a 400-square-foot polyhedron that serves as an immersive performance art space (See below for the performance schedule).

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