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Old January 17th, 2008, 06:38 AM   #1
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DALLAS | Arts District Redevelopment News

Dallas is soon to be the center of the worlds art scene.

The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, a new multi-venue Center for music, opera, theater and dance will open in 2009, completing the 25-year dream of the Dallas Arts District. The most significant performing arts complex to be built since Lincoln Center in New York, the Center will provide multi-state-of-the-art facilities woven together by an urban park covering more than ten acres to create a dynamic cultural destination that is unparalleled in the world.

The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts will create new landmarks on the Dallas skyline, with stunning buildings designed by some of the world's greatest architects:

• The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House brings the design of the grandest opera halls in Europe into the 21st century, with a transparent, welcoming space that will become a focal point of the Dallas Arts District.

• One of the world's most innovative theatres, the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre will be an unprecedented, "stacked," vertically constructed venue that completely rethinks the traditional form of theatre.

• The new Annette Strauss Artist Square will be home to the city's greatest outdoor performing arts productions.

• The City Performance Hall will provide main stage production space for many of Dallas’ smaller performing arts organizations.

• The new ten-acre Performance Park will surround the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, creating an oasis for visitors.

• An underground parking structure will accommodate 600 vehicles.

• 42 St Museum Tower

• 24 St One Arts Plaza Tower

• 2 More Arts Plaza Towers are planed as well.

• Booker T Washington Center for Performing Arts Expansion

















Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre

The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre will be one of the world’s most innovative theatre facilities. The 12-level building will feature a groundbreaking design with an unprecedented “stacked,” vertically organized facility that completely rethinks the traditional form of theatre.

Unlike a typical theatre setting, this unique design for the Wyly Theatre places these spaces either above or below the auditorium, enabling maximum interaction and flexibility of performance space and seating. The facility’s advanced mechanized “superfly” system can pull up both scenery and seating, allowing artistic directors to rapidly change the venue to a wide array of configurations, including proscenium, thrust, arena, flat floor and traverse, depending on stage configuration. The flexibility of the facility will allow the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts to host a wide range of performances at the Wyly Theatre, including classical and experimental drama, dance and musical productions, world-renowned vocalists, as well as lectures and films.

The interchangeable structural components of the building and transparent exterior will allow for outside pedestrian views into the Wyly Theatre, as well as audience views of the surrounding outdoor areas.
Design of the Wyly Theatre is by REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus (Partner in Charge) and Rem Koolhaas.

















Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.

Designed by Foster + Partners under Pritzker Prize-winning architect Norman Foster and Senior Design Partner Spencer de Grey, the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House will be engineered specifically for performances of opera and musical theatre, with stages equipped for performances of ballet and other forms of dance.

A 21st century reinterpretation of the traditional “horseshoe” opera house, the 2,200-seat Winspear’s principal performance space, the Margaret McDermott Performance Hall, is designed to be the standard upon which all 21st century opera houses will be measured.

The opera house’s principal entrance, the Gateway, features the Annette and Harold Simmons Signature Glass Façade that ascends to the full 60-foot height of the building creating a seamless flow between the opera house and the surrounding park. The transparent façade provides dramatic views of McDermott Performance Hall, which will be clad in vibrant red glass panels, as well as the Grand Lobby, the staircase and the Mary Anne and Richard Cree Box Circle and Grand Tier levels. From within the Winspear Opera House, the Simmons Glass Façade provides a sweeping view of downtown Dallas.

Radiating from the Winspear Opera House on all sides, the Grand Portico will provide shade over three acres of the Performance Park, creating new outdoor spaces for visitors to gather and relax.













Booker T Washington Center for Performing Arts









Museum Tower (42 Stories)



City of Dallas Performance Hall

Designed by the Skidmore Owings and Merrill and constructed by the City of Dallas, the City Performance Hall will be a 750-seat, acoustically sound space that will provide main stage production space for Dallas’ smaller performing arts organizations.
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Old January 17th, 2008, 08:28 AM   #2
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Dallas is soon to be the center of the worlds art scene.

The development of the Arts District, especially after hearing about it for decades, is exciting for Dallas. However, saying that Dallas will soon be the center of the world's art scene is just a bit over the top.
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This indeed looks like one of North America's most exciting developments imo. With Victory and this, the area around dt Dallas will only improve the area by at least 1000%. Wow, how exciting.
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Old January 20th, 2008, 01:50 AM   #5
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The development of the Arts District, especially after hearing about it for decades, is exciting for Dallas. However, saying that Dallas will soon be the center of the world's art scene is just a bit over the top.
I agree. Some nice developments there in the Arts District. Reminds me of what the Houston Theater District.
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Old January 20th, 2008, 02:32 AM   #7
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The development of the Arts District, especially after hearing about it for decades, is exciting for Dallas. However, saying that Dallas will soon be the center of the world's art scene is just a bit over the top.
I had a laugh at this statement as well. I can't imagine Dallas overtaking London, Paris, Barcelona or Amsterdam in terms of artistic clought.
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Old January 20th, 2008, 04:01 AM   #8
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I had a laugh at this statement as well. I can't imagine Dallas overtaking London, Paris, Barcelona or Amsterdam in terms of artistic clought.
Dallas has a big under ground art scene. And Amsterdam is artistic? I thought it was the Pot capital of the world.
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Dallas has a big under ground art scene. And Amsterdam is artistic? I thought it was the Pot capital of the world.


that was funny. More than amsterdam I find it difficult for the city to reach the artistic fertility found in a city like New York (the city with most theaters in the world). Then just add the Metropolitan museum, the Guggenheim museum, the MoMa....plus Broadway that has created a new art and talents famous around the world and many other museums, galleries, art schools (it has been elected by many artist the artistic capital of the world toghether with Paris. way on top of Amsterdam that is, nonetheless, a charming city).

This doesn't mean Dallas is nothing or that is a horrible city. The skyline is one of my favorites in the world, and this project demonstrates it is investing in art, something that has always a gain, not always economic.
Hope other cities in america and in the world follow its example.
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With the opening of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts in 2009, Dallas will have the distinction of being the only city in the world with four buildings designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects located in one contiguous block, including two of the Center’s venues— the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House designed by Norman Foster and the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, designed by Joshua Prince-Ramus and Pritzker Prize-winner Rem Koolhaas—as well as the Nasher Sculpture Center designed by Renzo Piano and The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center designed by I.M. Pei.
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I think Dallas is my favorite city in Texas now.
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Fare Enough, Chicago has always been my favorite City outside of Texas.
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nevertheless nice project
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This is an awesome project for Dallas. It's going to be great.
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Arts center to bring in touring shows
Broadway series will directly compete with Dallas Summer Musicals

08:18 PM CDT on Thursday, March 27, 2008
By LAWSON TAITTE / The Dallas Morning News [email protected]

Dallas will soon have two separate groups presenting Broadway shows.

The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts will announce today that it has hired Shorenstein Hays Nederlander (SHN) as the consultant to bring touring musicals to the new Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, which is set to open in the downtown Arts District late next year.

The center told Mayor Tom Leppert and the City Council on Thursday via fax. City leaders had been trying to help the center and the Dallas Summer Musicals reach a compromise that would let the Summer Musicals use the Winspear in addition to the two venues it already controls, Fair Park Music Hall and the Majestic Theatre.

Thursday, however, center chairman Howard Hallam sent a letter to Summer Musicals chairman Stanley D. Gardner and president Michael A. Jenkins saying their proposal had been rejected. It cited two reasons: The center wanted to retain control of which shows played in the Winspear, and the center did not think it fair to offer the Summer Musicals the same rate as its two resident companies, the Dallas Opera and Texas Ballet Theater.

The Summer Musicals did not join the original groups that founded the center in 2000 because Mr. Jenkins thought that the opera house needed more than 2,300 seats to make it viable for touring shows. Lately, though, he has been working toward a compromise that would allow the Summer Musicals to present there.

"We were quite honestly shocked. I think it's a huge misstep for the city of Dallas and the Center for the Performing Arts," Mr. Jenkins said late Thursday. "We had been working for a long time to reach an agreement that would keep these venues from cannibalizing each other."

The Summer Musicals is presenting 17 shows in its two venues this season. The center plans to begin with four or five touring shows. Mr. Jenkins says there may not be enough shows available to fill both seasons, and that the future of the Summer Musicals could be jeopardized.

Some civic leaders still held out hope. Council member Mitchell Rasansky, who has been heavily involved in the negotiations, said he spent three hours with both sides Thursday on the issue. But from the way the center's president, Mr. Lively, was talking, the SHN hire was a done deal.

"We spent four years interviewing the Dallas Summer Musicals and other groups. We wanted to get the very best product and still keep the charges low enough to achieve the most income to ensure the financial stability of the center," Mr. Lively said

Mr. Lively said that at least six other American cities have more than one Broadway series. But Mr. Jenkins pointed out that in most of those cities, the separate series are confined to different seasons of the year and don't compete directly.

The new consultants bring along some credentials. Carole Shorenstein Hays is a major Broadway producer. Her co-owner, Robert Nederlander, is related to the owners of the Nederlander Organization, which partners with the Dallas Summer Musicals in Troika Entertainment. SNH owns and manages three theaters in San Francisco.

"The center board and staff want to be on the front lines of all the planning. We will take our lead from them," Greg Holland, CEO of SNH, said Thursday.

Several city leaders expressed concern that the center had chosen an out-of-state for-profit group rather than a local nonprofit group.

"I'm sad that the process did not work its way through," council member Carolyn R. Davis, who represents the Fair Park area, said. "This could have been a win-win situation for the city of Dallas."

Staff writer Rudolph Bush contributed to this story.
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Dallas' renovated Booker T. Washington arts magnet school ready to reopen
10:50 PM CDT on Saturday, April 19, 2008

By KENT FISCHER / The Dallas Morning News
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Two years ago, Dallas school officials faced withering criticism over their decision to relocate students from the Booker T. Washington arts magnet school to a damp, run-down shopping center in central Oak Cliff.

On Monday, all will be forgotten as students return to their home campus, a refurbished, expanded and all-around brand-new $55 million school.

"It's absolutely beautiful, the new building. The restored 1922 building is absolutely gorgeous, too," said principal Ruth Woodward. "It couldn't be more thrilling for all of us. It's been a lot of hard work on everybody's part, and as one of my students said this afternoon, it was a real team effort."

The original building – the city's first black high school – was gutted and now houses an art gallery, a theater and a museum of sorts to display school and alumni memorabilia. A new 170,000-square-foot facility extends behind the old school, wrapping around a large courtyard, called the Green Room.

Danny Gross, a student in the school's theater program, said kids can't wait to get into the new Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Students will "be able to let our creative juices flow more creatively in the new building," he said. "And since we are going to be in the middle of the Arts District, we will be influenced and nurtured by other artists sharing our passions and goals."

The school is on Flora Street in downtown Dallas, near the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and the Dallas Museum of Art.

The school's opening culminates years of effort to raise more than $33 million to help defray construction costs for one of the district's most renowned programs. The district paid another $23 million toward construction through its 2002 bond program.

"It's a wonderful collaboration with the district and the advisory board and the citizens of Dallas and all the donors," Mrs. Woodward said. "It's remarkable and thrilling for all of us."

While the historic original building will retain the Booker T. Washington name, the new facility will be known as the Hamon Arts Magnet, in honor of Dallas philanthropist Nancy Hamon, who contributed $10 million to the project.

Student Emily Domhoff, a singer, said she and her classmates are "stoked" to get out of their temporary facility and into "their own space."

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