Dallas — Here's a trés cool announcement about a collaboration in the local arts world: A performing arts institution with one of North Texas' largest budgets, The Dallas Opera, is teaming with the awesome Art Conspiracy for the opera's upcoming production of Puccini's La bohéme, which deals with love and death among a bunch of bohemian artists. (The opera inspired the Tony-winning musical Rent.)
Art Conspiracy, which produces the popular event ArtCon every fall, will have artists painting and sculpting in the lobby of the Winspear Opera House at every performance of La bohéme.
Here's more from the Dallas Opera press release:
DALLAS, MARCH 4, 2015 – A Dallas non-profit organization, Art Conspiracy, that conspires to bring artists and musicians together, has been invited to partner with The Dallas Opera to create original art inspired by the upcoming production of Giacomo Puccini’s immortal LA BOHÈME. Art Conspiracy will contribute to the overall audience experience by permitting patrons to watch local artists at work: painting and sculpting in the lobby of the Winspear Opera House throughout the run of the production, activities that closely reflect the storyline of this popular opera.
Finished pieces will be available for purchase on site. Artwork by other area artists affiliated with the organization, also created in the theme of LA BOHÈME, will be available for sale, as well. The unusual partnership is designed to evoke an atmosphere similar to Montmartre in Paris, where working artists, writers and musicians mingle on the streets with neighborhood shopkeepers, students and tourists.
The plot of LA BOHÈME centers around four young artists, yearning for love and worldly recognition while struggling for day-to-day survival in 19th century Paris. A knock at the door of the drafty garret they share leads to a fateful meeting between a poet and a shy seamstress; and the love ignited by the touch of a “cold little hand” has far-reaching repercussions for them all.
LA BOHÈME opens on Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
Subsequent performances will be presented in this limited run on March 15(m), 18, 21, 27 & 29(m), 2015 for a total of six performances in all. The Winspear Opera House is centrally located in the Dallas Arts District at 2403 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Tickets start at just $19.
Underwriting support for the production is provided by TACA.
“All of us at Art Conspiracy are excited to be working alongside The Dallas Opera for this production of La bohème,” says Erica Felicella, Executive Director, Art Conspiracy, “and thrilled to have the chance to bring some of our alumni artists into the experience as well.
“Giving the arts a chance to collide in order to create fresh and unexpected moments of inspiration and the opportunity to change lives—that’s what Art Conspiracy is all about; it’s something we love to see happening in our city.”
The “Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talks,” a free background lecture for the opera being performed that day, takes place in Nancy B. Hamon Hall located off the Winspear Opera House lobby one hour prior to each performance.
LA BOHÈME will performed in its original language, Italian. Easy-to-read English translations are projected above the stage during every Dallas Opera performance and special headsets are available for the hearing impaired.
No late seating is permitted at Dallas Opera performances once the house doors are closed.