Dark Circles Contemporary Dance presents <em>Aladdin</em>

2018-19 for the Elevator Project

The AT&T Performing Arts Center initiative has eight shows in its most diverse lineup yet, including Indique Dance, Iv Amenti, Teatro Flor Candela, Dark Circles and more.

published Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Photo: Sharen Bradford/The Dancing Image
Indique Dance Company


Dallas — The fourth season of the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Elevator Project has been announced, and it includes eight Dallas-based performing arts companies that will produce original theater, dance and music performances in the 2018-2019 season.

The Elevator Project—named so because most of the performances in the first season were in the sixth floor studio in the Wyly Theatre—seeks to give small groups and emerging artists performance space and marketing assistance.

This year’s lineup is the most diverse yet, stylistically and ethnically, with performances from Indique Dance Company, which specializes in Bharatanatyam, Indian classical dance; a tribute to Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti from Dallas artist Iv Amenti; an original play by Teatro Flor Candela; and a flamenco showcase by The Flame Foundation. Those are all first-time Elevator Project performers, as are Giant Entertainment, which will stage a work inspired by Euripides’ The Bacchae in Strauss Square; and local actor/writer Scott Zenreich, who performs his new play Pastry King.

Returning from the 2017-18 season of The Elevator Project are Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, with its first full-length work, based on the original story of Aladdin (the photo on the TheaterJones cover is from this); and Cry Havoc Theater Company, which will produce a devised, verbatim work written and performed by teens, Sex Ed.

The peer review panel that selected this year’s participants are Lola Lott of Charlie Uniform Tango, Arts Mission Oak Cliff, and Liberal Media Film; actress, producer, and Texas Christian University faculty, Lydia Mackay; dance, choreographer, educator and director of Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Encore!, Nycole Ray; arts writer and Southern Methodist University faculty Lauren Smart; and Clyde Valentin, director of Ignite/Arts Dallas.

Their proposals were reviewed and approved by John Paul Batiste of the Cultural Affairs Commission; Mike Richman, Executive Vice President of ATTPAC; and Jennifer Scripps, director of the Office of Cultural Affairs.

Two of this year’s shows are in the Sixth Floor Studio Theatre at the Wyly Theatre; five are in Hamon Hall in the Winspear Opera House; and one is in Strauss Square.

Below is the complete lineup, with descriptions, dates, venues, and ticket info:


Photo: DCCD
Dark Circles Contemporary Dance presents Aladdin

Aladdin, حبيبي

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance

Oct. 11-14, 2018

Wyly Theatre, Sixth Floor Studio Theatre

THE PROJECT: Aladdin, حبيبي is a meditation on American rhetoric regarding the Middle East and the stereotypes associated with Middle Eastern races and cultures. The new work also explores how time and imagination have transformed the original tale of Aladdin and his magical lamp.

ABOUT DCCD: Dark Circles Contemporary Dance was founded in 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. The Company’s Dallas-based branch—lead by internationally award-winning choreographer and Dance Magazine “25 to Watch” breakout star of 2015, Joshua L. Peugh—has been hailed as “the area’s most exciting dance company” (Star-Telegram) and as the “Best Dance Company” by D Magazine (2015 & 2016) and Dallas Observer (2016). The young company has been praised as “frequently stunning, and always fascinating” ( and commended for innovative combinations of classical technique and modern movement styles. Since its inception, the company has performed nationally and internationally at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Theater am Aegi (Germany), Seoul Arts Center (South Korea), and at the Ailey Citigroup Theater (New York), among others. Repertory includes works by Joshua L. Peugh, Sidra Bell, Mark Caserta & Mikey Morado, Eoghan Dillon, Gregory Dolbashian, Mike Esperanza, James Gregg, Gabrielle Lamb, Fabio Liberti, and MADBOOTS. DCCD is dedicated to bringing the progressive work of international choreographers and dancers to a worldwide audience.



Indique Dance Company

Dec. 6-8, 2018

Hamon Hall in the Winspear Opera House

Svabhava is the intrinsic, essential nature of living beings. Human beings have the extraordinary ability and privilege to create meaning in their lives. But, how do we give our lives meaning? Many believe we give life purpose by aspiring to be better versions of ourselves, by developing our character. But what is our true nature? Is it what we are born with, what we become through experience, or what we strive to be? As a community, what are these ideals we choose to focus on? Many cultures from around the world have aspired to rid the mind, body, and spirit of selfishness, pride, and dishonesty exemplified in the way we treat others. This is a Bharatanatyam dance production based on these ideals, what it means to our fundamental nature, and how it affects our daily life.

ABOUT INDIQUE: Indique is a Dallas based contemporary bharatanatyam dance company striving to connect with audiences beyond the Indian classical dance purview. We hope to do this by bringing in universal themes in a way that people can relate to in their daily lives. Since its conception, Indique Dance Company has presented several productions including Roots, Maa, The Many faces of Motherhood and Jeeva, Synergy in Nature to sold-out cultural halls. Based in Dallas, the company has toured with their productions to Houston, San Antonio, and St Louis. Indique Dance Company continues to become a part of the cultural scene in Dallas with performances at the Klyde Warren Park and Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Winspear Opera House, and the Meyerson Symphony Center. The Company also strives to give back to the community by participating in charitable causes including Akshay Patra, Mosaic’s Champion of Human Rights Luncheon, and the Shraman South Asian Museum and Learning Foundation.


Photo: Karlo X. Ramos
The Flame Foundation

88 Keys Unlock Joan Miró’s Flamenco Dancer’s Heart

The Flame Foundation

Feb. 14-16

Hamon Hall in the Winspear Opera House

Imagine an evening in which an audience can witness the song, dance and story behind Joan Miró’s paintings of Spanish Dancers. This particular body of Miró’s work calls out for a seductive conversation between dancer, singer, musician, and spectator. Just as André Butron wrote poetry inspired by Joan Miró’s paintings, The Flame Foundation’s Dallas resident flamenco dancers Antonio Arrebola and Delilah Buitrón Arrebola, in collaboration with Spanish flamenco jazz pianist Alex Conde, and French Gypsy vocalist Jose Cortes, will perform flamenco tablao in response to projected images of Miró’s Spanish Dancers. The performers, all trained in Spain, will exhibit a highly skilled level of flamenco technique and impassioned artistry. Each dance, with its musical and vocal compositions, will echo the moods and tensions of selected paintings. Audiences of all ages will explore how painting, dance, song, and piano can develop a heartfelt conversation through the unifying force of Spanish flamenco.


Pastry King

Scott Zenreich

April 23-May 5

Wyly Theatre, Sixth Floor Studio Theatre

A husband and wife open a pastry shop in the North End, making the best cannoli in Boston. But upon meeting their neighbor the Pastry King, one of the city’s most established restaurateurs, odd and terrible things start to happen. A playabout blame, the strength of relationships, and the perfect ricotta recipe.

Scott Zenreich is a theatre artist living in Dallas, TX. His plays include Pastry KingThe Play Is the ThingThe Mostly Accurate Story of Sylvain Dornon, and Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. As an actor, Scott has worked with Amphibian Stage Productions, Undermain Theatre, Casa Manana, Dallas Children’s Theater, WaterTower Theatre, Texas Shakespeare Festival, the Growing Stage, New Century Theatre, Mill Mountain Theatre, the Majestic Theatre, and Olney Theatre Center. He earned a BFA from Emerson College.


City Dionysia

Giant Entertainment

May 9-11

Annette Strauss Square

CITY DIONYSIA is a fancy-dress outdoor arts and music festival featuring dance, music, performance art, vendors, performers, & arts and crafts in honor of the birth of Theatre and its patron god, Dionysus! Step back into ancient Greco-Roman times and celebrate the sensual and the divine within us all. Spectators will be guided through various activities including mask making, choral chanting, and movement that will culminate into part of the storytelling of Euripides THE BACCHAE. A decadent, Bacchanalian experience set against the glittering and steely backdrop of the City of Dallas!

GiANT Entertainment is dedicated to creating queer art that is daringly entertaining, compassionately aggressive, charmingly deviant, and as big, beautiful, and diverse as Texas!


Photo: Courtesy
Teatro Flor Candela

Sanadora Teatra

Teatro Flor Candela

May 23-25

Hamon Hall in the Winspear Opera House

Inspired by Women that Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola, SANADORA, meaning “healer”, is a series of female-centric pieces that showcases the healing roles that women play in society. Each female character is a curandera – a healer that must make pilgrimages and traverse labyrinths in order to break free of her confines and seek her own truth, inner beauty, and goodness apart from what is prescribed by society. Through the portrayal of women in search of their own inner beauty, SANADORA aims to encourage both men and women to challenge societal norms and search for subjective beauty in their own everyday lives.

Flor Candela Theater, composed of actors from Peru, Spain, Colombia, Italy, Guatemala and Mexico, is a non-profit company with the purpose of assembling plays by Latin American and worldwide playwrights.


¡Felebration Dallas: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Afrobeat King, Fela Kuti

Iv Amenti

June 14-16

Hamon Hall in the Winspear Opera House

Photo: Courtesy
The poster for ¡Felabration!

¡Felabration Dallas! takes on Black Music Month with a spectacular celebration of famed Afrobeat Star Fela Kuti! This 3 night event will be filled with Fela’s finest musical moments, as Afrobeat’s new emerging artists explore how music crosses cultural and political barriers. There will be music, there will be dance, there will be life!

ABOUT IV AMENTI: Iv Amenti is a Creative Social Practitioner in the city of Dallas for more than 15 years. As a professional in the performing arts, she partners with communities to create storytelling opportunities using various artistic mediums. She prides herself in presenting the performing arts as a platform for social commentary and community engagement in a way that creates voice and identity for communities. She studied theater at the University of Texas at Arlington and is an AmeriCorps alumni who received intensive service training on how to enter into communities, administer asset mapping, and build on those assets in a way that empowers low-income or underserved neighborhoods. Through arts and service she has developed a sustainable practice in creative social engineering.


Sex Ed

Cry Havoc Theater Company

July 3-14

Hamon Hall in the Winspear Opera House

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. How do we as a society frame conversations about healthy relationships and consent with young people when many among us refuse to discuss comprehensive sex education? What harm is “abstinence only” education doing to the American psyche?

In Cry Havoc Theater Company’s newest devised work, the company discusses the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees…..and how “the talk” has become so politically divisive in our culture.

Founded in 2014 by Mara Richards Bim, Cry Havoc Theater Company makes provocative theatre with young people, and in doing so, challenges audience expectations of what youth theatre can be. The company is uncompromising in its belief that young people have the intellectual appetite and emotional maturity to tackle complex, provocative material. And they are dedicated to providing serious (and seriously talented) young people the opportunity to create artistically viable theatre under the direction of professional artists, regardless of their financial means. Thanks For Reading

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