SMU Meadows Dance Ensemble presents 2016 Fall Dance Concert
Three contemporary works, including a premiere by award-winning choreographer Adam Hougland and the revival of two acclaimed pieces from the 1980s, will be featured in the Fall Dance Concert presented by SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.
Opening the program is the premiere of Confluence, a new contemporary ballet for eight dancers by Adam Hougland, set to music by current British composer Joby Talbot.
The program continues with To Have and To Hold, choreographed by Danial Shapiro and Joanie Smith in 1989 in response to the devastation of the AIDS epidemic. Images of love and loss emerge as six dancers move on three simple wood benches. At times they dive fearlessly across them but then use the simple wood spaces to find connections with others. The work is set to an original score by Scott Killian and is dedicated to “those we have loved and lost but not forgotten.”
The concert concludes with Avalon (1985), choreographed by jazz dance professor Danny Buraczeski on commission for the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. It is an athletic and sparkling romp for eight dancers set to jazz classics by the great Lionel Hampton and Buddy Rich. The score will be played live by members of the Meadows Jazz Orchestra. Buraczeski, a nationally known jazz dance artist, created the work while he was artistic director of the acclaimed Minneapolis-based company Jazzdance.