Preparation for Aurora


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The AT&T Performing Arts Center is preparing to take center stage Friday night, October 18, as AURORA illuminates the Dallas Arts District. Artists and work crews are turning buildings, streets, courtyards (and sometimes usually-hidden spaces) into projection screens and art installations. This free Arts District-wide event includes almost 90 installations across 19 square blocks of downtown Dallas; and will feature a “forest of light,” live music, food trucks, pop-up bars, lounges, and more than 1,000 lanterns. View the complete schedule here to plan your night.

The opening ceremony, featuring Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, will be at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre at 7:00 p.m. Then, the Wyly Theatre will become a canvas for a three-dimensional mapping installation, by 3_Search and titled Blue Prints and Perspectives, to be projected onto the iconic building. You can preview the concept here.

The Center will also feature an installation by Max Dean called The Robotic Chair in Nancy B. Hamon Hall inside the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House; and a combination of performance, light and projection by John Barker called Sound Cloud in Annette Strauss Square, among others. Also, critically-acclaimed A Raisin in the Sun will be showing in the Wyly Theatre.

The Aurora Project is a free contemporary art exhibition centered in the rapidly developing Dallas Arts District. The project presents interactive new media artworks such as light, video, performance, and sound in exciting and unexpected public spaces. For on unforgettable evening, the sunset signals the transformation of the 68-acres of downtown Dallas into one of the nation’s largest outdoor exhibitions of this cutting-edge medium. The Aurora Project offers a valuable opportunity for collaboration between hundreds of local, national, and international artists, alongside the Arts District, for an inclusive artistic experience and community engagement.

The Dallas Morning News, Aurora’s signature presenting sponsor, will provide a photo booth and phone charging station at the Center. The Center is a “radiant sponsor” along with Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau; Downtown Dallas, Inc.; BENQ Projectors; and Syncrolite.

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