Works by Graham, Tharp featured in Spring Dance Concert

A scene from the SMU production of Martha Graham's 'Lamentation'The Meadows Dance Ensemble at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts will perform works by Martha Graham and Twyla Tharp in its 2008 Spring Dance Concert, April 2-6 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

The featured dances will be Lamentation (left), a solo masterwork by Graham, and Octet, Tharp’s critically acclaimed 1991 piece for four men and four women. Lamentation, considered by many to be Graham’s most famous solo work, was first performed in New York by Graham herself in 1930. The eight Octet dancers were trained by guest artist Shawn Stevens, a former Twyla Tharp company member who premiered the work in New York. Read more.

A scene from the SMU production of Nathan Montoya's 'Three Pieces'The concert opens with the premiere of Ars Amatoria (Art of Love), a new ballet by faculty member Andrew Parker set to Tchaikovsky’s Suite #3 for Orchestra. Also featured will be Three Pieces (right), a duet by faculty member Nathan Montoya; the music, Igor Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet, will be performed live by Jonathan Jones of the Meadows Wind Ensemble.

The show closes with Batucada: A Tribute to Maurice Béjart, featuring a work by the great European dancer, teacher and choreographer, who passed away last year. Dance Division Chair Myra Woodruff, a former teacher at the Rudra Béjart ballet school and performer in Béjart’s professional company in Switzerland, prepared the tribute for 25 dancers with an original score by Jamal Mohamed, director of the Meadows World Music Ensemble.

Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, call 8-2787 (8-ARTS).