Contact: Victoria Winkelman or Kami Duncan
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-3785 or (214) 768-2788

March 7, 2003


DALLAS (SMU) -- The Dance Division of SMU's Meadows School of the Arts will present its "2003 Spring Dance Concert," Mar. 26-30 in the Bob Hope Theatre of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Performance times are 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. Parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley or in the parking garage under the Meadows Museum. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $6 for students and SMU faculty and staff. To purchase tickets, call 214-768-2787.

A diverse selection of ballet, contemporary and modern dance works will be featured in the program. The concert opens with Diamond Sutra, a new contemporary work by SMU artist-in-residence Max Stone. The piece was inspired by the creations of James Surls, an internationally renowned artist best known for his dramatic large-scale sculptures of wood and steel; the sculptures incorporate images of diamonds, flowers, needles, houses, knives and eyes and symbolize the many forces of nature. More than 60 of Surls' works are on exhibit through April 20 at the Meadows Museum at SMU. Stone, who began his professional career on Broadway in Neil Simon's They're Playing Our Song, has taught throughout Europe and Japan and, for the past 10 years, in New York. He has earned both international and critical acclaim as a contemporary jazz dance artist and teacher.

The concert also features Lacrymosa d'Amore, a ballet choreographed by the late Edward Stierle and set to excerpts from Mozart's Requiem. Stierle joined the Joffrey Ballet in 1986 at the age of 18, the company's youngest member, and died of AIDS in 1991. He originally choreographed Lacrymosa as a solo work, which won the Gold Medal at the National Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. He later expanded the piece for performance by Joffrey II, and expanded it again for the main Joffrey Ballet company a year after learning of his diagnosis. The ballet movingly expresses his feelings about accepting the reality of death, and about the need for loved ones left behind to come to terms with life afterwards.

The concert's spectacular finale is Putting on the Glitz, an exciting and upbeat Las Vegas-style work with choreography and costumes by Paul Franklin. Franklin is known internationally as a performer and teacher of musical-theater dancing, and he has choreographed numerous productions for major hotels and recording artists in Las Vegas, New York and Japan. Putting on the Glitz will be the first full-scale, Las Vegas-style production ever staged for a university.

The 2002-2003 Main Stage Theatre and Dance Season at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts is sponsored by The Dallas Morning News.