DALLAS (SMU) – Three exciting 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, November 13-17 in the Bob Hope Theatre at SMU.
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 contemporary ballet choreography is inspired by the formalizations and colorings of the Beethoven score, with the dancers moving in patterns that recall a glimmering fountain reflecting the light from a sunbeam on a warm fall day. Alexander’s creative blend of classical Balanchine with contemporary movement has won him accolades throughout the U.S. He is a former member of the Hartford, Kansas City and Pennsylvania ballet companies and has taught at dance schools across the country.