This very special program will showcase works by three award-winning choreographers. Danny Buraczeski, Division of Dance faculty member and American jazz dance legend, has created notable works for companies nationwide. Adam Hougland, visiting artist-in-residence, is principal choreographer for the Louisville Ballet and resident choreographer for the Cincinnati Ballet. Meadows Prize winner Shen Wei, internationally renowned choreographer, director, dancer, painter and designer and the artistic director of New York-based Shen Wei Dance Arts, will create a new work for SMU as part of his Meadows Prize residency.
Shen Wei's piece represents a huge leap into experimental territory with his multimedia work that includes dancers, actors, painters, musicians and computer designers. The set is composed of a 12-foot raked wall that comes toward the audience on a 45 degree angle from the back of the stage, as well as angled walls on both sides of the stage. The walls and floor reflect projections, utilized as three dancers wearing iPods video performers in real time, projecting the images onto all areas of the stage. The performance is truly created as the audience watches, with live musicians, visual artists creating new works, dancers dipped in paint and much more.
Faculty member Danny Buraczeski's work is a re-staging of his Song Awakened, an Afro-Cuban piece inspired by a summer spent in Havana. The five-part piece originally premiered in 2001 at the Joyce Theater in New York and tells the story of a lead couple who interact with a stormy sea among other lush, watery elements.
Former Meadows artist-in-residence Adam Hougland will premiere a new work entitled Five Preludes set to the music of five of Sergei Rachmaninov's piano preludes. The abstract neoclassical work explores using the classic vocabulary of ballet in a more expansive, free way.