Meadow’s 2016 Spring Dance Concert showcases another world premiere

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Meadow’s 2016 Spring Dance Concert showcases another world premiere

Spring-DanceThe 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 Appalachian Spring, 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).

March 30, 2016|Calendar Highlights, For the Record, News, Save the Date|

Meadows Spring Dance Concert features three contemporary works, show runs March 26-30, 2014

Meadows 2014 Spring Dance Concert, SMUSMU’s Meadows Dance Ensemble will present three intriguing works, all created within the past 25 years, at its 2014 Spring Dance Concert. The show goes on March 26-30 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

Featured will be Chalabati (2007) by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, winner of the 2014 Meadows Prize artist’s residency; Cold Virtues (2003) by Meadows Artist-in-Residence Adam Hougland; and D-Man in the Waters (1989) by Tony Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones.

> Choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar wins 2014 Meadows Prize

The Saturday evening concert will include a special tribute to Ann Williams, founder and artistic director of Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Lily Cabatu Weiss, chair of the dance department at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, with performances by DBDT and Booker T. dancers. All tickets for the Saturday performance have been reserved, but a wait list is open for tickets that may become available.

The program opens with Chalabati, a work inspired by the music and culture of the Gnawa people of Morocco. Zollar, the founder of New York-based dance company Urban Bush Women, created and premiered the work during a residency at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Meadows Spring Dance ConcertZollar said, “The Gnawa language encompasses Arabic, French and various ancestral languages from their homeland region around Bambara. The Gnawa know it by heart and sing it with reverence and joy. It reminds me of stories traveling over land and time, from generation to generation.”

As winner of the Meadows Prize, Zollar spent two weeks at SMU in February rehearsing the work with dancers in Meadows School of the Arts.

Adam Hougland’s Cold Virtues is loosely based on the 18th-century novel Dangerous Liaisons, with its interplay of romance and power. Hougland, who is principal choreographer for the Louisville Ballet and resident choreographer for the Cincinnati Ballet, created the work for 14 dancers. Set to the haunting Violin Concerto by Philip Glass, it has been called “engrossing” and “unforgettable” by critics.

Rounding out the program is D-Man in the Waters, created in 1989 to honor Demian Acquavella, a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company who died of AIDS. The work, considered a classic of modern dance, won a New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award and was also featured in PBS’s 2007 film Dancing in the Light – Six Dances by African-American Choreographers.

Spring Dance Concert performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 for students, SMU faculty and staff. Buy tickets online at Vendini or contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

March 26, 2014|Calendar Highlights, News|

New Shen Wei work highlights 2012 Spring Dance Concert

SMU dancer Kaily Andriot rehearses 'Five Preludes' for the 2012 Spring Dance Concert

SMU dancer Kaily Andriot rehearses Adam Hougland's "Five Preludes" for the 2012 Meadows Spring Dance Concert. Photo credit: Sharen Bradford.

A new work by groundbreaking choreographer and 2010 Meadows Prize winner Shen Wei will be a marquee feature of SMU’s 2012 Spring Dance Concert. The show, presented by The Meadows Dance Ensemble of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, includes works by three award-winning choreographers and runs March 28-April 1 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

This year’s works include the premiere of Five Preludes, a ballet by visiting artist-in-residence Adam HouglandSong Awakened by SMU faculty member and noted jazz dance artist Danny Buraczeski; and The New You, a world premiere by Shen Wei.

The concert opens with Five Preludes, a neo-classical ballet on pointe set to five Rachmaninoff preludes. Choreographer Adam Hougland, a Dallas native, is principal choreographer for the Louisville Ballet and resident choreographer for the Cincinnati Ballet. He has won both the Princess Grace Award and the Choo-San Goh Award for choreography and was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to watch” for 2011.

Next on the program is Buraczeski’s Song Awakened, a work set to the songs of Cesária Évora, a noted singer of Creole-Portuguese soul music. The work debuted to critical acclaim at New York’s Joyce Theater in 2001; The New York Times wrote that Buraczeski “makes his dancers voiceless musicians who use their bodies, alone and together, to add rhythms to (Evora’s).” The piece is presented in tribute to Ms. Évora, who passed away in December at age 70. Buraczeski, a nationally known jazz choreographer, has received commissions from such organizations as the Walker Art Center, the Library of Congress, and the American Dance Festival. He also has received multiple fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, for whom he is now a regular panelist and consultant.

> A slideshow of 2012 Spring Dance Concert images from Gary Shultz of SMU News

SMU dancers rehearse a Shen Wei world premiere, 'The New You.'

SMU dancers rehearse a Shen Wei world premiere, "The New You." The renowned choreographer created the work during his Meadows Prize residency at the University in 2012. Photo credit: Sharen Bradford.

Following intermission, the Meadows dancers will perform the world premiere of The New You by Shen Wei – an internationally renowned choreographer, director, dancer and designer and the artistic director of New York-based Shen Wei Dance Arts. Perhaps best know as the lead choreographer for the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Shen Wei created this new work from the ground up during his three-week Meadows Prize residency in January and February 2012.

“This work is about audiences experiencing new possibilities by building and revising systems that are sensed, but not necessarily known,” said Shen Wei. “Art opens doors we never thought had existed and enables us to access previously unknown dimensions. By sensing different art forms, audiences can discover novel structural foundations and embark on a new journey. I hope this experience can offer the students and the viewers an alternative possibility of space.”

Spring Dance Concert performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 each for SMU faculty, staff and students. Free parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley or in the garage under the Meadows Museum. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

Written by Victoria Winkelman

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March 28, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|

Meadows presents 2011 Spring Dance Concert March 30-April 3

Vigeland's Garden by SMU faculty member Christopher Dolder. The dancers are Sidney Anthony and Jamal Jackson White.
Vigeland’s Garden, featuring Sidney Anthony and Jamal Jackson White (Photo by Brittany Nicole.)
Camille...a Poem of Intimacy by SMU guest artist-in-residence Jean Paul Comelin. The dancers are Jessalyn Phillips and Joshua D. Deininger.
Camille…a Poem of Intimacy
, featuring Jessalyn Phillips and Joshua D. Deininger (Photo by Brittany Nicole)
Prayers by New York-based choreographer Jessica Lang
Prayers (Photo by Brittany Nicole)

The Meadows Dance Ensemble at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts will present a selection of ballet and contemporary works at its 2011 Spring Dance Concert, March 30-April 3 in the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

The featured dances include:

  • Prayers by New York-based choreographer Jessica Lang.
  • Camille…a Poem of Intimacy by guest artist-in-residence Jean Paul Comelin.
  • Vigeland’s Garden by Meadows faculty member Christopher Dolder.
  • No Contact by student Jamal Jackson White.
  • Two special student performances of Martha Graham’s Panorama.

The SMU concert opens with Prayers, a celebration of a supportive community of nine female dancers set to the music of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Josquin Des Prez. Jessica Lang’s choreography portrays the interpersonal relationships that inform, enliven and strengthen the community. The work was originally commissioned by NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and premiered in 2008.

Next on the program is Vigeland’s Garden by new faculty member Christopher Dolder, inspired by the seminal work of Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland. The Darwinian comedy/drama interprets the cyclical patterns of nature – birth, life, death and rebirth – as they play out in the animal kingdom.

Camille…a Poem of Intimacy is a work in progress by guest artist-in-residence Jean Paul Comelin, an internationally renowned choreographer, director and master teacher who has created more than 70 works for major dance companies on five continents. Camille is a pas de deux inspired by the sculptures of French artist Camille Claudel (1864-1943), pupil and mistress of Auguste Rodin.

Also featured will be No Contact, a work choreographed by SMU dance student Jamal Jackson White and premiered at the University’s Brown Bag Dance Concert last fall.

On Friday and Saturday evening only, SMU dancers will give a special performance of Martha Graham’s Panorama. The performances serve as a preview of the SMU Dance Ensemble’s presentation of the work as part of the upcoming Martha Graham Dance Company performance at the Winspear Opera House on April 30 presented by TITAS in association with the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

The SMU students were invited by the Graham Company – the oldest and most celebrated dance company in America – to perform the work, says Myra Woodruff, SMU dance faculty member and a former Martha Graham dancer.

“It is a tremendous honor for our college dance ensemble to have been invited to perform with the Graham Company in concert,” Woodruff says. “It is indicative of the exceptionally high regard the Graham Company has for SMU’s Division of Dance.”

Premiered in 1935, Panorama is a groundbreaking work for 35 dancers set to a score by Norman Lloyd, which uses sheer numbers and geometric design to drive home Graham’s intense socio-political themes.

Spring Dance Concert performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. Free parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley or in the garage under the Meadows Museum. For tickets and more information, call 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

March 30, 2011|Calendar Highlights, News|

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).

April 1, 2009|Calendar Highlights, News|
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