Contemporary and jazz dance with an international profile take center stage for the Spring Dance Concert presented by the Meadows Dance Ensemble at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, March 28 - April 1.
SMU dance student Vanessa Peraldo in "Sogni e Bisogni" (Photo by Sharen Bradford).
The concert will feature a world premiere by award-winning Dutch choreographer Joost Antoine Vrouenraets, an improvisational work originated by Frankfurt Ballet founder William Forsythe, and Danny Buraczeski’s acclaimed piece, Ezekiel’s Wheel, based on the life of Civil Rights activist James Baldwin.
The concert opens with the world premiere of Sogni e Bisogni (“Dreams and Needs”), the American choreographic debut of prize-winning Dutch choreographer Joost Antoine Vrouenraets. Set to the music of Beethoven, this work for five couples was created especially for the Meadows Division of Dance. Two women represent the main thematic elements – dreams and needs. According to the choreographer, “The dancer representing dreams is the apotheosis of the ballet, overcoming attachment and ignorance and opening her heart to heaven.”
Also featured will be master choreographer William Forsythe’s Four Variations on “The Vile Parody of Address,” restaged by Douglas Becker, a founding member and principal dancer of the Frankfurt Ballet. Solos from “The Vile Parody of Address,” originally created in 1988 by Forsythe for the Frankfurt Ballet, have been transposed and transformed into interpretations for multiple dancers. Says Becker, “The style of the work – dynamic, powerful and personal – allows each dancer to ‘research’ the movement in the process of dancing,” and bring his or her own interpretation to bear. Forsythe’s works are in the repertory of major companies internationally, from the New York City Ballet to the Paris Opera, and Becker is one of only a handful of individuals around the world authorized to remount Forsythe’s works.
The spring concert will conclude with faculty member Danny Buraczeski’s Ezekiel’s Wheel, an emotional piece for eight dancers that was inspired by the life and work of author and Civil Rights activist James Baldwin and explores the themes of recognition, responsibility and redemption. Originally commissioned in 1999, when Buraczeski was artistic director of the acclaimed Minneapolis-based JAZZDANCE, Ezekiel’s Wheel was praised by The New York Times as “a balm for the soul in troubled times.”
Performance times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Bob Hope Theatre of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and $6 for students, SMU faculty and staff. Free parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley or in the garage under the Meadows Museum. To purchase tickets call 214-768-2787.
The 2006-07 Main Stage Theatre and Dance Season at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts is sponsored by The Dallas Morning News.
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