Join Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet for
Join Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet for a night of music and discussion leading up to their performance of Futurisme a Pied at 7 p.m. April 30 at the Dallas City Performance Hall. See costume designs by Dallas-based artist Francisco Moreno and enter to win tickets the performance.
Learn about the music and visuals behind the works included in their Futurisme à Pied program. Sit back and sip an espresso, beer or glass of wine in our backyard while the Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet educate! Lecturers include Artist, Francisco Moreno and SMU Professors, Lane Harder and Jon Lee.
Works to be discussed
PARADE – features music by Erik Satie and a one-act scenario by Jean Cocteau. The ballet was originally composed for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and premiered on May 18, 1917 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris with costumes and sets designed by Pablo Picasso and choreography by Léonide Massine. See its 100 year anniversary performance April 30 with costumes by Francisco Moreno!
391 – the title of a Spanish language Dadaist literary magazine founded by Francis Picabia, in publication from 1917 to 1924. It will feature a new score by composer and SYZYGY Director, Lane Harder and choreography by Artistic Director, Emilie Skinner.
IONISATION – (1929-31) was writen by Edgard Varèse for 13 unpitched percussion instruments. It was among the first concert pieces written for percussion ensembles.
BALLET MECANIQUE – originally writen in 1924 by George Antheil for a silent Dadaist art film by Dudley Murphy and Fernand Léger, which ended up as a failed collaboration. Antheil revised the score in 1953 – the version the Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet are using for our performance on April 30.
The music of Lane Harder has been called “vibrant,” “highly-crafted,” (Percussive Notes) “dramatic,” “aggressive and engaging”, (Austin American Statesman) representing “post-romantic maximalism” (Dallas Morning News) and possessing an “eclectic, always intriguing, take on modernist tonality” (Theater Jones). His music has appeared on programs at the 2004, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, the 2016 Queens New Music Festival, the 2014 Green Music Festival in Kobe, Japan, the 2014 Excessive Noise Recital Series, and the 2014 Percussion Festival of Patagonia. and the 2008 Percussion Master Series in Taipei. His performances and his original music appear on the Albany, Gasparo, Soundwaves, Slade Harte Records, BCM&D, and bu.hanan record labels. Harder’s music has been recognized with multiple awards from ASCAP as well as awards from NACUSA, Voices of Change, the Percussive Arts Society, The Florence Gould Foundation and the Texas Music Teachers Association. Harder holds degrees from Southern Methodist University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Texas. He is a Lecturer of Music Composition and Theory at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and serves on the faculty and administration of the European American Musical Alliance Summer Program in Paris, France, where he teaches counterpoint, keyboard harmony, analysis, and score reading courses and serves as Program Coordinator. Harder is a member of ASCAP.
Jon D. Lee is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Percussion at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University and is the Director of the Meadows Percussion Ensemble. He is an active performer, educator, clinician, and adjudicator. He is the Principal Timpanist of the Garland Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Arlington, and the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestras. He has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony Plano Symphony Orchestra, East Texas Symphony, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, Lawton Philharmonic, The Voices of Change, Casa Manana, Theatre 3 and many others.
At SMU, Lee also teaches percussion techniques and is the drumline instructor-arranger for the SMU Mustang Band. In addition to his responsibilities at Meadows, Lee maintains a private studio of sixty percussion students in Plano and surrounding areas. His students have excelled at all levels and have been accepted into the finest music schools in the world, including the Meadows School of the Arts, University of North Texas, New England Conservatory, and the Juilliard School of Music.
Lee has been on the faculty of the University of Texas at Arlington, the Stephen F. Austin Percussion Symposium, Marimba Madness, and the Leigh Howard Stevens Pre-College Marimba Seminar. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society and the Texas Music Educators Association. Lee holds a B.M. degree from the University of North Texas and a M.M. degree from the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU and has done post-graduate work at the University of North Texas.
Francisco Moreno (Parade Visual Arts Director) BORN 1986, MEXICO CITY. LIVES AND WORKS IN DALLAS, TEXAS. Francisco Moreno received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and his BFA from the University of Texas at Arlington. He recently received the prestigious Dallas Museum of Art’s Anne Kimbrough Artist Award. Learn more about Francisco at franciscomoreno.net
Emilie Skinner (DNCB Artistic Director) began her classical training at the age of six with Gilbert Rome and Victoria Vittum, performing with their company Houston Repertoire Ballet. She has studied at summer intensives including the Joffrey Ballet, Austin Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. In the summer of 2011, she also attended the SIBA international training program in Salzburg, Austria. In 2007, Emilie received her B.A. in French Studies with a minor in Art History from the University of North Texas, while performing with Lake Cities Ballet Theatre. After graduating, she performed with Contemporary Ballet Dallas and DGDG (Danielle Georgiou Dance Group), as well as with other local ballet companies. In 2011, Emilie founded Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet and currently serves as its Founding Artistic Director. Born in Houston, Texas, Emilie has been teaching, choreographing and performing in the DFW area for over 13 years and currently resides in Oak Cliff with her husband Danny and their two dogs.
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