Spring Dance Concert
March 17-21, 2021
8 p.m. Wed.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun.
Livestreaming from the Bob Hope Theatre in SMU’s Owen Arts Center; advance registration required.
The Spring Dance Concert features three exciting premieres by noted guest artists encompassing modern, jazz and classical ballet. The concert opens with Rhythm Field by Molissa Fenley, the Bessie Award-winning founder of New York-based Molissa Fenley and Company. Created during a residency at SMU in January, Rhythm Field combines Fenley’s choreographic phrases of rhythmic and spatial patterning with phrases created by the 16 dancers. The original score, composed and performed live by noted hand-drummer and Meadows faculty member Jamal Mohamed, responds to both the rhythmic counting systems and the non-metric fields of the choreography. The program continues with Meadows Serenade, a classical ballet work by Armstrong Visiting Artist-in-Residence Silas Farley, who retired last year from New York City Ballet. The ballet is set to Serenade for Strings, an original score by New York-based composer Kyle Werner. The program concludes with the energetic We the People by Visiting Artist-in-Residence and Broadway choreographer Mark Burrell. The work merges Burrell’s theatrical style and pageantry with jazzy flair while expressing and promoting socially progressive themes, from changes in political leadership to movements of equality and racial justice to gender fluidity.
To register to watch the livestreaming concert, please visit http://blog.smu.edu/meadows/sprdance2021/. For more information call 214.768.2787.