There will be three exciting contemporary works, including newly created pieces by Complexions Ballet co-founders Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson and by Associate Professor Christopher Dolder, at the SMU Meadows School of the Arts’ Fall Dance Concert, November 8-12 in the Bob Hope Theatre at SMU.

The program opens with Dolder’s new version of Bolero, set to a London Symphony recording of Ravel’s famous work.

SMU Bolero Christopher Dolder

Fall Dance Concert performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for seniors and $8 for students, SMU faculty and staff (all photos by Paul Phillips)

With its circular stage space, curving ramps and central spire, Bolero is equal parts architectural art and biomechanical physics experiment. This movement laboratory provides the physical backdrop for dancers representing an array of societal archetypes perennially caught in the cycles of life and culture. The interactive set, bathed in video-projected imagery, compels these characters to accelerate, ascend and literally vault into space in feats of virtuosic toroidal motion.

About Christopher Dolder

Christopher Dolder received an undergraduate degree in dramatic art and dance from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Fine Arts in choreography from Mills College with an emphasis in dance kinesiology. A former soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company, he has spent the last 25 years on a multi-disciplinary journey that has taken him to projects in theater, dance, music, videography, kinesiology, interactive set design and “green” architecture. As an associate professor of dance at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, Dolder teaches all levels of the Martha Graham technique, dance kinesiology and dance composition, and is co-director of the Senior Dance Concert. He conducts research in three-dimensional interactive software for the instruction of dance kinesiology as well as exploring new forms of physical data capture in biomechanics.

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