CONTACT: Victoria Winkelman, 214-768-3785
Kami Duncan, 214-768-2788,

April 5, 2004


DALLAS (SMU) - The Meadows Dance Ensemble at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts will present its "2004 Spring Concert," featuring a varied selection of ballet and contemporary dance works, from April 21-25 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.

The concert will feature the premiere of "Ebony Concerto," choreographed by Sabrina Madison-Cannon, assistant professor in the Division of Dance at the Meadows School. "Ebony Concerto" is a visualization in dance of Igor Stravinsky's composition of the same name, a ground-breaking work for clarinet and jazz band written in 1945. The dance performance will be accompanied live by the Meadows Wind Ensemble, under the baton of graduate conducting associate Greig Ashurst.

The program also includes "One in Five," a comic ballet choreographed by Ray Powell and set to the music of Joseph and Johann Strauss. The ballet makes use of an impressive array of classical ballet moves that are both demanding and choreographically inventive, while never departing from the comic elements of the plot. "One in Five" is being restaged by Jeremy Blanton, who was chair of the Division of Dance at Meadows until his retirement last year.

Rounding out the program will be two works by Allan Kinzie, visiting artist-in-residence in the Division of Dance. "Trauma into Light," which uses the first two movements of Béla Bartók's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, revolves around one woman's journey from a realm of nightmares and darkness into a realm of enlightenment. "Scenes de Ballet," set to Stravinsky's composition of the same name, was inspired by the shifting patterns of cloud formations and nuances in sky colors, and explores the theme of finding balance and harmony in nature.

The 2003-2004 Main Stage Theatre and Dance Season at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts is sponsored by The Dallas Morning News.