Spring Dance Concert honors Dance Theatre of Harlem founder

Paul Taylor's 'Cloven Kingdom' as performed in SMU's Spring Dance Concert 2009The Meadows Dance Ensemble in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts presents its 2009 Spring Dance Concert April 1-5 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

This year’s concert features the choreography of Arthur Mitchell and honors Mitchell’s 75th birthday as well as the 40th anniversary of the company he co-founded and directs, the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Among the featured dances is Holberg Suite, choreographed by Mitchell in 1971 for the Dance Theatre of Harlem and included in George Balanchine’s Complete Stories of the Great Ballets.

The program also includes Paul Taylor’s Cloven Kingdom (right), based on Baruch Spinoza’s “Man is a social animal.”

The concluding dance will be Swing Concerto, choreographed by Associate Professor Danny Buraczeski, which celebrates the relationship between Eastern European Klezmer music and the swing orchestras of Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman.

Performances take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).