Featuring American Baroque Opera Company, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Jake Nice, Bandan Koro African Drum & Dance Ensemble, Adam Adolfo, Soul Rep Theatre Company, Therefore Art & Performance Group and Cry Havoc Theater Company
The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce the 2017/2018 ELEVATOR PROJECT season, featuring the work of small and emerging arts groups performing on the Center’s campus in the Dallas Arts District. The Elevator Project’s new season will feature productions from eight Dallas-based performing arts companies.
“This is a substantial sampling that arts audiences can really get excited about,” said Doug Curtis, president and CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. “The new season includes a wide range of genres, giving audiences a unique chance to see some of the most innovative work from the freshest talent in Dallas.”
2017/2018 Elevator Project will feature weekend and multi-week engagements from eight of Dallas’ smaller and emerging companies beginning in September 2017 with Masquerade: Opera Cabaret presented by American Baroque Opera Company. The Elevator Project continues with Big Bad Wolf and Les Fairies presented by Dark Circles Contemporary Dance in October. February 2018 begins with We’re Gonna Die produced and directed by Jake Nice. March and April bring Guinea Fare: Her Story, Her Ipseity presented by Bandan Koro African Drum & Dance Ensemble and ELEMENTAL: Nature’s Rhapsody, a multi-genre work directed by Adam Adolfo. May presentations include The Freedmans from Soul Rep Theatre Company and The Alexa Dialogues presented by Therefore Art & Performance Group. The final production, Babel from Cry Havoc Theater Company, is presented in July 2018.
Three of the productions will be staged in the Studio Theatre located on the 6th floor of the Wyly Theatre, four productions in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House and one production staged on the donor reflecting pool in Sammons Park on the campus of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. All shows are $25 general admission.
“It’s important that there’s a place in the Arts District where artists can take risks, premier work and find new audiences,” said David Denson, the Center’s director of programming and the creator of Elevator Project. “There’s also a hunger from Dallas audiences to discover these groups and test drive their work. We think the Center can help provide that platform.”
This is the third season of the Elevator Project, which started in 2014 to provide much-needed performance space in the Arts District for small and emerging Dallas-based performing arts groups. The Center presents this innovative series with support from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.
The 2017/2018 Elevator Project is the first time a season has been curated by a five-person panel of arts professionals and advocates. From an April call-for-entries from Dallas-based artists and arts groups, 41 proposals were submitted. Some of the guiding criteria included placing an emphasis on new works; diverse genres, artists and subject matter; unusual use of performance space; supporting groups without a home; and more.
Individual tickets for each production are on sale now. General admission tickets for each show are $25 each. With the purchase of five or more shows, the ticket price is $20 for each show. With the purchase of seven shows, for $140, the eighth show is FREE, representing a total savings of $60. Handling fees are additional. Purchasers of five or more shows may also purchase a discounted parking option for only $5 per show.