The SMU Meadows Dance Ensemble presents two world premieres and two classical works for a night of stunning performances at its 2013 Fall Dance Concert, Nov. 13-17.
The night begins with a world premiere from an SMU alum as Joshua Peugh (B.F.A. ’06) debuts his work PICK-UP. PICK-UP is performed by 12 dancers and is set to the music of Dave Brubeck, Dinah Washington and deadmau5, combining jazz classics and popular electronic music. After graduating from Meadows Peugh co-founded Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, based in Seoul, South Korea; since opening the company has produced 17 award-winning works in five countries. In a release Peugh said, “The kind of work I am interested in creating will hopefully connect with people on an instinctual level, one that’s Universal to all humans, regardless of the culture they come from.”
The second performance is also a world premiere, this time from John Selya. Selya is a current Meadows School artist-in-residence and will premiere Ain’t Confidential at the Fall Dance Concert. Ain’t Confidential is a female solo performance set to Ride My Arrow by Bill Callahan. Selya is a Tony-nominated dancer and choreographer and has performed in four Broadway musicals.
The night continues with Dark Elegies, choreographed by Antony Tudor. Tudor is one of the 20th century’s most renowned ballet choreographers, and Dark Elegies is his favorite – and considered his greatest – ballet. The performance expresses raw emotion and loss; it is set to Song Cycle Kindertotenlieder by Gustav Mahler.
The final performance is Zero Cool, choreographed by Cathy Young. Young is a performer, choreographer and master of jazz dance; she has toured throughout the United States and Europe and been honored for her work. Currently Young is director of the Dance Division of the Boston Conservatory. Zero Cool “uses intricate patterns and highly stylized movement to reference various inspirations.” The unique jazz work is set to Latin American Suite and Far East Suite by Duke Ellington.
The Fall Dance Concert runs Nov. 13-16 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students.
Fame & photography: The Meadows Museum presents a lecture on the evolution of art and its influence on society, “The Construction of Artistic Celebrity in the Late Nineteenth Century,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. The lecture focuses on the 1850s and the introduction of mass-produced photographic prints, and “how art dealers, photographers and journalists worked in concert to transform artists into trendsetters and their works into status symbols for nouveau riche collectors.” Anne McCauley, Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art at Princeton University, will give the lecture and use the album compiled by William H. Stewart, recently acquired by Meadows, to convey her point. The lecture will be in the Bob and Jean Smith Auditorium and is free to attend.
Feminist, Activist, Texan: Women’s rights activist Shelby Knox will speak at SMU, Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Knox started her women’s rights journey at 15 years old when she campaigned to have her Lubbock high school adopt comprehensive sex education as well as allow a gay-straight alliance. Her work was then chronicled in the 2005 Sundance film, “The Education of Shelby Knox.” Knox now travels across the country speaking and hosting workshops on women’s issues; she is also working on a book. The SMU Women’s and Gender Studies Program invites you to this free event in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.
As the Nation May Direct: The Clements Center for Southwest Studies presents a Noon Talk on “Pensions and the Financing of a Post-Removal Cherokee Nation”Wednesday, Oct. 30at noon. The talk will focus on the history of Cherokee pensions, starting with the Red Stick Revolt in the War of 1812, and how they have changed since then and what that means for the Cherokees. Julie Reed will host the talk; she is the David J. Weber Research Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America at the Clements Center. Reed is also revising for publication her book manuscript, Ten Times Better: Cherokee Social Services, during her time at the Clements Center. Noon Talk is free and open to the public and will be held in DeGolyer Library.
MSO: Meadows Symphony Orchestra invites you to a concert featuring guest violinist and SMU Meadows Artists-in-Residence Chee-Yun Kim. Kim attended Juilliard School of Music, has received several music honors and has even appeared in an episode of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. Kim will perform Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 and more. There will be performances Friday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m in Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students, please call 214-768-ARTS for more information.