DMA Celebrates "All the World's A Stage" with 200 Programs and Events held in The Stage, a Unique Performance Space Within the Exhibition Galleries

Six Months of Diverse and Dynamic Activities Will Showcase Connections Between the Visual and Performing Arts --

 For the first time, a full season of diverse, dynamic and comprehensive programming will be held within the Dallas Museum of Art exhibition galleries during its presentation of All the World’s a Stage: Celebrating Performance in the Visual Arts. Premiering in September, the Museum will offer 200 special programs for visitors of all ages as an interactive and entertaining companion to the Museum experience.

A broad schedule of varied activities featuring more than 50 artists, 65 performances, 25 talks and lectures, 110 film screenings and more will be held at special times throughout the exhibition in The Stage, a specially designed space within the galleries. All the World’s a Stage will be on view through February 2010, and throughout the six-month run the Museum will offer hundreds of activities to showcase connections between the visual and performing arts in entertaining and unusual ways.

Additionally, to celebrate its 25th anniversary in the Arts District and to welcome its newest neighbor, Dallas’s new AT&T Performing Arts Center, the DMA will launch a new series State of the Arts. Introduced by Bonnie Pitman, The Eugene McDermott Director at the Dallas Museum of Art, and moderated by Jeff Whittington, KERA host and producer, State of the Arts will present conversations in Horchow Auditorium with Dallas’s key artistic leaders about the future of the city’s cultural landscape and what lies ahead for the organizations that make up the nation’s largest urban arts district.

In the All the World’s a Stage exhibition, The Stage will host live weekend performances at 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, and every weekday at 2 p.m. there will be a film screening of classic music, drama, and dance performances filmed at the world's great performance spaces, as well as award-winning documentaries investigating connections between the visual and performing arts.

A special complement to the exhibition will be the video running in The Stage when performances are not taking place. This video, which will be projected on three walls, will include interviews with Dallas Arts District leaders and local performers, in addition to performances related to works of art in the exhibition.

For September, the opening month of the exhibition, the performance highlights in The Stage will include:
- September 5 & 6—Classical Lute Music Inspired by Paolini’s “Bacchic Concert,” Everett Redburn
- September 12 & 13—Readings of Cinderella from Around the World Inspired by Sully’s “Cinderella by the Kitchen Fire,” Lydia Mackay
- September 19 & 20—The Music of Leadbelly and Other Classics Inspired by Owen’s “Leadbelly,” Roger Boykin
- September 26 & 27—The Guitarist/Outside-in” Inspired by Picasso’s “The Guitarist,” choreography by Michele Hanlon, performed by Jennifer Mabus

For September, the matinee film screenings to be held daily at 2 p.m. will include the following:
Isadora Duncan Masterworks: 1905-1923 (52 minutes)
This film presents ten complete dances, originally performed by Duncan, with commentary by Andrea Mantell Seidel and Julia Levein of the Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble.  “The Ensemble, a ten-member company based in Miami, performs and tours Isadora’s original repertory from the early lyrical works to the later tragic and heroic dances.”

Dances of India (53 minutes)
This film presents a rich variety of classical and folk dances of India, including Kummi, Karagam, Poikkal Kudirai, and Pinnal Kolattam.

Romare Bearden: Visual Jazz (28 minutes)
Narrated by acclaimed musician Wynton Marsalis, this film draws parallels between jazz and the art of Romare Bearden. In addition to interviews with curators, printmakers, and scholars, it also features footage of Bearden at work in his studio.

The Blues: Feel Like Going Home (110 minutes)
Directed by Martin Scorsese, Feel Like Going Home explores and celebrates the Blues.  The film features original performances by acclaimed musicians like Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ as well as archival footage of musical legends Leadbelly, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker, among others.

In addition to regular performances and films in The Stage, there will be corresponding lectures throughout the run of the exhibition. Highlights from the lectures for the fall include:

The Richard R. Brettell Lecture Series Presents Degas, Dance, Dallas
Thursday, October 22, 7:00 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
$15 for the public, discounts available for DMA members, students, and seniors
Dr. Richard Kendall, independent art historian and renowned curator, will explore the work of Edgar Degas.  Known as “the painter of dancers,” Degas produced more than a thousand images of ballet dancers in their studios and on stage, including three fascinating pastels in the DMA’s collections.

The Boshell Family Lecture Series on Archaeology Presents The “Shakespearean” Playhouses of Tudor London
Thursday, November 5, 7:00 p.m., Horchow Auditorium
$15 for the public, discounts available for DMA members, students, and seniors
Julian Bowsher, Senior Archaeologist at the Museum of London, will discuss the recent projects that have excavated the sites of London’s famous 16th-century playhouses: The Theatre, known as “Shakespeare’s first theater,” the Rose, the Globe, and the Hope. These excavations not only reveal how these theaters work but also tell us about life inside the playhouses—the management, actors, audience and society—in Shakespeare’s theatrical London.

On the third Friday of each month, the Dallas Museum of Art presents Late Nights, when the Museum is open until midnight. During the presentation of All the World’s s Stage, dates and highlights for this popular event include:

- Late Night 6 p.m. to midnight
September 18
All the world’s a stage at the Dallas Museum of Art! Enjoy an evening of concerts, flamenco dancing, a lecture on Charles Rohlfs by Dr. Joseph Cunningham, films, family experiences and more. Stay late for a performance by The Shapes featuring the Lolli Dollies.

- Late Night — 6 p.m. to midnight
October 16
Kick off the opening of Dallas’s new AT&T Performing Arts Center with evenings of music, dance, poetry and theater. Enjoy concerts, performances in the exhibition All the World’s a Stage, tours, family experiences, movie musicals on the big screen, creativity challenges and much more. Stay late for DJs in the galleries, open mic, and karaoke.

- Late Night 6 p.m. to midnight
November 20
A night of theater, dance, and opera. Celebrate the new Dallas Arts District and the Museum’s exhibitions All the World’s a Stage and Performance/Art with an evening of opera performances, contemporary dance performances, Shakespeare on film, tours and family experiences.

- Late Night 6 p.m. to midnight
January 15
Join us for our annual Birthday Celebration as the Museum turns 107. Kick off the evening with a lion dance parade and then enjoy the nuclear polka sounds of Brave Combo, performances in All the World’s a Stage featuring Dallas Black Dance Theatre, tours, Fresh Ink lectures, films and family experiences. Stay late for karaoke, open mic and more.

- Late Night 6 p.m. to midnight
February 19
Celebrate the closing of All the World’s a Stage and become a member of the Museum for a sneak peek of the exhibition Lens of Impressionism. Be transported to Europe and the time of the impressionists with concerts, films, tours, and family experiences. Enjoy ballet performances in All the World’s a Stage, open mic, creativity challenges and more.

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About the Dallas Museum of Art
Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs are its encyclopedic collections, which encompass more than 23,000 works and span 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Established in 1903, the Museum today welcomes more than 800,000 visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary readings and dramatic and dance presentations. The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.