SMU Meadows Fall Dance Concert
SMU Meadows School of the Arts’ Fall Dance Concert will feature three exciting contemporary works, including newly created pieces by Complexions Ballet co-founders Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson and by Associate Professor Christopher Dolder.
The program opens with Dolder’s new version of Bolero, set to a London Symphony recording of Ravel’s famous work. With its circular stage space, curving ramps and central spire, Bolero is equal parts architectural art and biomechanical physics experiment. This movement laboratory provides the physical backdrop for dancers representing an array of societal archetypes perennially caught in the cycles of life and culture.
The program continues with Ascension, a new piece created by Visiting Artists-in-Residence Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, founders and co-artistic directors of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Ascension exemplifies the seamless blend of ballet and contemporary dance expressed in virtuosic, sculptural choreography that has made Complexions world renowned.
Concluding the program is Moncell Durden’s Drop Me Off in Harlem, a tribute to the music and dance of the 1930s. Premiered earlier this year, it uses vernacular jazz movement to recount the adventures of three ladies from Pennsylvania who travel to New York City to dance at the famous Savoy Ballroom and watch the battle of the bands between Benny Goodman and Chick Webb.