When a community gathers together, whether for celebration or for mourning, one constant remains: food. Humanity’s relationship with food is one of necessity – but an individual’s relationship with food is one of history. These unique histories offer an understanding of who we are, where we come from, and how our futures might unfold. The teens of Cry Havoc will set the table for a celebratory exploration of how our lives are defined by the food we consume and the stories tied to it.
Two companies are making return engagements in the 2018-19 season of the Elevator Project, a program that gives smaller and emerging arts groups a stage at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and Cry Havoc Theater Company are joining six other performing arts companies for the project's fourth season, which runs October 2018 to July 2019. In addition to a world-class stage, these groups get to utilize ATTPAC's operations and marketing teams, ticketing systems, and mentoring support.
"The Elevator Project has become a passion for us here at the AT&T Performing Arts Center," says interim president and CEO Debbie Storey. "It lets us discover and partner with some of the new and emerging talent in Dallas, and provide them with meaningful resources and a platform in the Arts District. It is an impactful collaboration on a new level."
Cry Havoc Theater Company closes out the season with Sex Ed in Hamon Hall. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, conversations about sexual impropriety are front and center in our collective consciousness. Yet we seem to have collective amnesia when it comes to our own teenage years and the lack of honest, accurate information we received about our bodies. This devised work discusses the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees, and how "the talk" has become so politically divisive in our culture. It runs July 3-14, 2019.
In exciting news for Dallas' emerging artists as well as the audiences that love them, the AT&T Performing Arts Center is greatly expanding a program that gives them a shot at performing on the big stage. Now in its third season, the program, called the Elevator Project, will nearly double in size, with the number of productions increasing from five to eight. The season begins in September.
First established in 2014, the Elevator Project gives small and emerging arts groups space to perform on ATTPAC's campus, with support from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. Originally it was geared toward theater groups, but grew in the second season to encompass dance, music, and spoken word.
This third season awards slots to eight companies that are brand new to the series. Three productions will be staged in the Studio Theatre, located on the sixth floor of the Wyly Theatre; four productions in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House; and one on the donor reflecting pool in Sammons Park, on the campus of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. All shows are $25 and general admission.