Groundbreaking Graham work is highlight of 2007 Fall Dance Concert

Scene from 2007 SMU production of Martha Graham's 'Primitive Mysteries'

The Meadows Dance Ensemble at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts open its 2007 Fall Dance Concert with a Martha Graham masterwork. Primitive Mysteries, a 1931 classic considered by many critics to be Graham’s greatest work, was inspired by Graham’s exposure to the myths and rituals of the Indians of the American Southwest and celebrates the coming of age of a young girl. Read more.

As part of the event, the Meadows School will host a public panel discussion, “Graham and Primitive Mysteries,” 12-1:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Participants include Clive Barnes, dance and drama critic for the New York Post and a consulting editor for Dance Magazine; Mindy Aloff, former dance critic for The Nation and The New Republic and noted author and dance historian; Yuriko Kikuchi, former principal dancer and associate artistic director of the Martha Graham Dance Company and currently a leader in the preservation of Graham repertoire; Greg Presley, former music director of the Martha Graham Dance Company; Myra Woodruff, chair of the SMU Division of Dance; and Shelley Berg, SMU dance professor and dance historian. The panel discussion is free, and no tickets are required.

The concert also features End of Time Pas de Deux by Texas Ballet Theater Artistic Director Ben Stevenson; and the premiere of Umbra, a new work set to Duke Ellington music by faculty member Danny Buraczeski. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7-11 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty and staff. For more information, call 8-2787 (8-ARTS).