SMU Meadows Dance Ensemble presents Fall Dance Concert
Three contemporary works, including two newly created pieces by Ballet Dallas co-director Carter Alexander and award-winning jazz/tap artist Caleb Teicher and a revival of Robert Battle’s 2001 Battlefield, will be presented at SMU Meadows School of the Arts’ Fall Dance Concert.
The program opens with the premiere of Luisant by Carter Alexander, co-artistic director of Ballet Dallas and Meadows visiting artist-in-residence. The work, set to Beethoven’s "Symphony No. 1 in C Major," evokes a bygone era of entertainments in a Viennese palace garden.
The concert continues with the premiere of Blues by Caleb Teicher. Blues is a work about people – their joy, angst, frustrations and desires. The work takes an emotional journey as the dancers first deal individually with their feelings, then share these emotions with someone else, and ultimately find a sense of community in recognizing commonalities in their experiences.
The program literally ends with a bang with a revival of Battlefield, a highly energetic work by Robert Battle set to a raucous percussion score composed by John Mackey and recorded by Les Tambours du Bronx. Battlefield combines contemporary modern dance and martial arts to portray an intense and ritualistic communal preparation for battle that is at once primal and urban. The dance celebrates the energy and power created when people gather together to confront an aggressor, and push each other to their physical limits.