Dallas — For the first time in two years, and after the 2016 debates about city bailout money for AT&T Performing Arts Center and use of its spaces by smaller arts groups, ATTPAC's second Elevator Project season has been announced. It's an abbreviated season, beginning this week and running through June. Two of the five shows have multiple-week runs, and the other three are one-night stints. Four of them happen in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House, with one more in the Sixth Floor Studio Theatre at the Wyly Theatre.
The series kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 11 with cabaret diva Denise Lee doing her tribute to Tina Turner, called From Annie Mae to Tina; with the other one-offs being Max Hartman and Friends on March 11 and Fables & Fairytales from Around the World featuring Melody Bell on May 27. The two multi-week shows are PrismCo's Medea Myth: Love’s Beginning (April 11-23 in the Sixth Floor Studio) and Danielle Georgiou Dance Group's Donkey Beach (June 19-25, in Hamon Hall).
You'll remember that the first Elevator Project season in 2014-15 had five theater companies and one dance company (Upstart Productions, Danielle Georgiou Dance Group, Dallas Actor's Lab, Second Thought Theatre, Cara Mía Theatre Co. and African American Repertory Theater) using spaces in the Wyly Theatre.
"The reimagined Elevator Project will now feature performances from a wide range of disciplines: music, theatre, dance, spoken word and more," according to the news release.
If ATTPAC can keep this going on a regular basis, and with options for groups that want to do multiple-week shows, it will be great. Availability in the Wyly also depends on Dallas Theater Center's activity there. In this season, DTC has a short run in the Wyly in early March (of the Public Works Dallas production of The Tempest), while two shows are at the Kalita Humphreys Theater (the current production of The Christians and Inherit the Wind in May), and another outdoors in Strauss Square (Elektra) in April.
Here's the complete news release:
The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center and the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs announced today that single tickets for Denise Lee: From Annie Mae To Tina will go on sale Monday, February 6 at 10 a.m. Award-winning actress, singer and down-to-earth diva, Denise Lee, will be the first presentation of the Elevator Project 2017 season performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Hamon Hall in the downtown Dallas Arts District.
Come and enjoy the songs that transformed the shy Annie Mae Bullock into the rock legend Tina Turner. Cabaret artist Denise Lee takes you on that journey from the very beginning to the height of her career through music and stories of the singer’s rise, struggles and triumphs!
The Elevator Project 2017 season continues on March 11 with Max Hartman and Friends followed by PrismCo: Medea Myth: Love’s Beginning April 11 through 23 and Fables & Fairytales from Around the World featuring Melody Bell on May 27. The final production, The Danielle Georgiou Dance Group: Donkey Beach, runs June 19 through June 25, 2017. The ELEVATOR PROJECT 2017 season is supported by TACA and Texas Commission on the Arts.
The reimagined Elevator Project will now feature performances from a wide range of disciplines: music, theatre, dance, spoken word and more. Presentations will range from single-night showcases to multi-week runs and will focus on smaller and emerging artists and companies.
“We are so pleased to partner with the OCA on this incredible initiative to bring emerging arts groups onto our campus,” said AT&T Performing Arts Center
President and CEO Doug Curtis. “This year’s participants are just a taste of the diverse and varied lineups to come.”
Four of the productions will be staged in Hamon Hall located in the Winspear Opera House and one production (PrismCo) will be staged on the 6th floor of the Wyly Theatre. All shows are general admission.
Tickets for Denise Lee: From Annie Mae To Tina are $25 and will be available beginning Monday, February 6 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available online at www.attpac.org, by telephone at 214-880-0200 or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House Box Office at 2403 Flora Street. The Box Office will be open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week and before performances.