VisitDallas Presents Moving Cities Photography Exhibit
Exhibit captures the spirit of Dallas through dance, celebrating the marriage of city life, art and locomotion
DALLAS – (Sept. 5, 2017) – VisitDallas will present a stunning showcase of still images from the Moving Dallas short film that debuted last year. The exhibit, titled Moving Cities: Dallas, will appear at the African American Museum in Fair Park Sept. 6 through Nov. 10, 2017. The show will be free to all visitors to the State Fair of Texas.
The photography exhibit features 38 still images shot during the making of the original video, capturing dancers of various styles set against a backdrop of movement, city life and transportation.
"There's no better time to explore the cultural heart of America," said Jevan Chowdhury, the British director who produced Moving Dallas. "Dallas, a mythical city rich in American legend, has accelerated full speed into this century. Big cars, trucks and skylines – it truly is a stage for amazing dance talent."
VisitDallas partnered with Chowdhury to produce Moving Dallas in 2016, an acclaimed short films project that celebrates the marriage of dance and transportation. Capturing international performers in real settings, the Moving Cities project features cities through the medium of film, photography and dance and the concept of shared space between city life, art and locomotion.
Chowdhury selected Dallas as the latest Moving Cities project to showcase the city's vibrant growth, amazing architecture and rich cultural landscape of working artists. The first American city to be featured, Dallas joins places such as London, Prague, Athens, Brussels and Paris in the Moving Cities movement.
"We're honored that Moving Cities chose Dallas as their first film project in America," said Phillip Jones, President and CEO of VisitDallas. "It makes perfect sense. We have the largest contiguous arts district in the United States and a rich diversity of people, dance styles and cultures. It's a modern and moving demonstration of Dallas' performing arts scene."
Using Chowdhury's trademark kinetic cinematography, Moving Dallas marries classical ballet, line dancing, contemporary dance – and even cheer – with the iconic Dallas cityscape, hidden streets, freeways and Fair Park, all showing the vibrant, exciting energy that is Dallas.
The Moving Cities: Dallas exhibit showcases a diverse set of images shot during filming, featuring dancers from the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Bruce Wood Dance Project, Dance Council of North Texas, TITAS and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, among others, that were selected by a steering committee that was instrumental in bringing the original film to fruition.
"Moving Cities celebrates our city like never before," said Charles Santos, Executive Director of TITAS and steering committee member. "Our skyline, ever evolving with cranes and buildings, big personalities and big ideas – this film pays homage to the diversity and excitement of growing Dallas."
Shot during three grueling weeks in the blazing heat of Dallas September weather, the film features 17 locations and 56 dancers from 10 dance companies and organizations.
"When people think of Dallas they tend to think of us in only one way, and we wanted to show off the breadth of Dallas dance, from folklorico to classical Indian to hip-hop," said Gayle Halperin, steering committee member and President of the Bruce Wood Dance Project. "This exhibit shows our city in a completely different light – showing expression, energy, progress, change, diversity. I've never seen a city through dancers' motion, and it just graced everything so beautifully."
Cities are mesmerizing. Moving Cities: Dallas celebrates this. See more at www.visitdallas.com/movingcities.
VisitDallas' goal is to market Dallas as the ideal convention and visitor destination to the regional, national and international marketplace and to favorably impact the Dallas economy through meetings and tourism. The Dallas metro area is the leading business and financial center in the Southwest, offering visitors an unparalleled array of amenities and a central location with two major airports with more domestic nonstop flights than any other U.S. city. As the ninth-largest U.S. city, and part of the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the nation, the Dallas area is the top visitor destination in Texas. In 2015, Dallas partnered with CityPASS, the company that packages discounted, prepaid admission to a city's top attractions. Now, travelers to Dallas can save 41 percent off admission to the city's top attractions: the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Reunion Tower GeO-Deck, a choice between the Dallas Zoo and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and a choice between the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. For more information, visit www.visitdallas.com.