The Meadows Dance Ensemble in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts presents its 2016 Spring Dance Concert March 31-April 3 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center. The ensemble will perform one world premiere and two enchanting ballets, creating an awe-inspiring evening for the audience.
The concert’s highlights will include the world premiere of a newly envisioned version of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite (1945), choreographed by Claudia Lavista and Victor Manuel Ruiz, artistic directors of the acclaimed Delfos Danza Contemporanea in Mazatlán, Mexico.
The program also showcases the Martha Graham masterpiece Appalachian Spring (1944), set to Aaron Copland‘s original score. The ensemble will also perform Tchaikovsky’s Pas de Deux by George Balanchine, an eight-minute display of ballet bravura and technique set to music the composer belatedly created for Act III of Swan Lake.
Meadows dancers will present encores of Firebird Suite and AppalachianSpring, accompanied by the Meadows Symphony Orchestra,at the Meadows at the Winspear annual gala concert on May 11.
Performances will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $7 for students, faculty and staff and can be purchased online. For more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).
For its first main stage production of 2014-15, Meadows Theatre presents Black Snow by Mikhail Bulgakov, adapted by Keith Reddin.
Often called the ultimate backstage novel, Black Snow displays the autobiographical and satirical components of Bulgakov’s experience with the Moscow Art Theatre. Based on Bulgakov’s relationship with famed director and inventor of Method acting Constantin Stainslavsky, Black Snow brings the writer’s struggle against censorship and autocrats to life through black comedy.
The Meadows production is directed by Blake Hackler, professor of theatre in Meadows School of the Arts. As an actor, Blake has appeared in productions on and Off-Broadway, as well as in regional theaters throughout the country. As a teacher, Hackler currently holds faculty positions at Yale University and SMU.
Black Snowwill run in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center, from Wednesday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 5. Tickets are $7 for faculty, staff and students. A full cast and crew list can be found below.
Black Snow Oct. 1-5, 2014 Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center, SMU
Director – Blake Hackler
Scenic Designer – Darren Diggle (MFA ’16)
Costume Designer – Amanda Capshaw (MFA ’15)
Lighting Designer – Luther Frank (MFA ’15)
Sound Designer – Jason Biggs
Vocal Coach – Anne Schilling
Movement Coach – Sara Romersberger
Assistant Director – Jacob Lee Nice
Stage Manager – Jana Beeson (BFA ’14)
Dylan Bare (BFA ’15)
Madeline Dockery-Fuhrmann (BFA ’15)
Jon Garrad (BFA ’15)
Danniel Gerchakov (BFA ’15)
Parker Gray (BFA ’16)
Dylan Guerra (BFA ’16)
Derek George (BFA ’15)
Taylor Harris (MFA ’16)
Justin Lemieux (MFA ’16)
Stephanie Machado (BFA ’15)
Brandon J. Murphy (MFA ’16)*
Seth Nelson (BFA ’16)
Kolby Tuck (BFA ’16)
Ally Van Deuren (BFA ’16)
Isaac Young (BFA ’16)
* Appears by special permission of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
Murder in a small town: We know who is responsible, but why?
SMU Meadows Theatre presents Lanford Wilson’s The Rimers of Eldritch as its first production of the Spring 2013 semester. The show will run through Sunday, March 3 in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center.
The drama is set in the mid-20th century in Eldritch, Missouri – a Bible Belt town frozen in time with a plummeting economy and population. The play exposes Eldritch’s small-town characteristics and flaws when a woman murders a local man.
Sometimes characterized as a murder mystery, the play forces audiences to explore the inside and outside of this small town and wonder if they, too, live in a similar place.
The play was first performed in 1966; author Wilson was raised in Missouri and went on to attend Southwest Missouri State College and San Diego State, which he left to move to Chicago. He received numerous recognitions throughout his lifetime including a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1980 and a Theater Hall of Fame membership in 2001.
Bernard Cummings, assistant professor in the Division of Theatre, is directing the Meadows production. Cummings is a graduate from the Yale School of Drama and has performed in venues ranging from off-Broadway to television. He has also had his own play writing produced across the nation and abroad.
Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. Performances begin at 8 p.m. through March 2 and at 2 p.m. on March 2-3. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).
For the final performance of the Fall 2012 semester, SMU Meadows Theatre presents George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara.
The play, first performed in 1905, explores the family dynamics of the Undershafts and the very different values of each family member – especially in the relationship of Mr. Undershaft, an estranged father and successful military industrialist, and his daughter, Barbara, a major in the Salvation Army.
Major Barbara is directed by Stephen Fried and features a cast of SMU Meadows students plus Dallas actress Lynn Blackburn, best known for her recurring role in the NBC series “Friday Night Lights.”
Performances begin in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center, at 8 p.m. Nov. 28-Dec. 1 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 1-2. Tickets are $7 each for faculty, staff and students.
All photos by Linda Blase. Full cast list after the jump.
Art smart: Ceramicist Ilona Romule will be at SMU Monday, Sept. 24, to give the MeadowsVisiting Artist Lecture. Romule’s unique work is simultaneously two-and three-dimensional: She draws figures on the sides of her pots and sculpts them partially emerging from the pots as three-dimensional forms. She is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and has participated in international competitions and exhibitions. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in the Greer Garson Screening Room of the Owen Arts Center and is free to the public.
SYZGY: The Meadows new music ensemble SYZGY will open its 2012-13 season Friday, Sept. 28 with a program featuring work by composer John Adams and led by ensemble director Matt Albert. The strings, winds and percussions can be heard at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).
“We the Pueblo of Texas”: The Gilbert Lecture Series kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, with an event focused on Latino studies and hosted by Raúl Coronado. Coronado is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago, a past resident of SMU as a Bill and Rita Clements Fellow for the Study of Southwestern America, and the author of A World Not to Come: A History of 19th-Century Latino Writing, Print Culture, and the Disenchantment of the World. Coronado is currently working on a study of the historical emergence of queer Latino/a subjectivities; hear all of his insights in DeGolyer Library.
True to Texas: Y’all are in for a treat, because the 2012 State Fair of Texas begins Friday, Sept. 28 and runs daily through Saturday, Oct. 21. The fair kicks off with a ceremony at 7 a.m. and a parade through downtown Dallas at noon. Highlights include the Reliant Starlight Parade, the State Fair Auto Show, livestock shows, the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Chevrolet Main Stage featuring artists like Kellie Pickler and Kevin Fowler, and all the fried food your heart desires. General admission is $16; call 214-565-9931 for more information.
Faculty artistry: Chee-Yun Kim and Alessio Bax are more than SMU faculty members: They are also internationally renowned musicians who have won the Avery Fisher Career Grant. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, Chee-Yun will play the violin and Bax the piano as they perform pieces from composers Ferruccio Busoni and Beethoven as part of the Faculty Artist and Distinguished Alumni Recital Series. The performance is in Caruth Auditorium and costs $7 for students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).
Graphic poetry: Together the Meadows Museum and Bridwell Library acquired a copy of Picasso’s Vingt Poëmes. This is one of fifteen deluxe copies of the book itself and features 20 sonnets by famed Spanish poet Luis de Góngora y Argote; complementing the sonnets are 19 full-page etched female heads. The artist’s book is available for viewing in the Meadows MuseumSept. 16, 2012 – Jan. 13, 2013. This exhibit is free for students, faculty and staff.
Rock the vote: Join SMU as we celebrate the U.S. Constitution in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18. Participants will have the opportunity to win prizes for their Constitution knowledge as well as register to vote for the 2012 Presidential election Nov. 6. Don’t miss this opportunity – remember, every vote counts! For more information, contact Lisa O’Donnell or 214-768-9206.
Bon voyage: If the travel bug has bitten your students, remind them to stop by the SMU Abroad Fair. SMU offers 148 study abroad programs in 50 countries. At the fair, students can find out the requirements for study abroad and hear from past abroad students about their experiences. Travel to the Owen Arts Center Lobby from 11 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 for all the information.
Sweet symphony: The 2012-13 season of the Meadows Symphony Orchestra opens Friday, Sept. 21, with 19th- and 20th-century works. The program includes Symphony No. 1: Holocaust by Simon Sargon, Meadows professor of composition, with guest artist Kelly Markgraf, noted American baritone. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 in Caruth Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for students, faculty and staff. Call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS for more information. (Below, photo courtesy Meadows School of the Arts.)