Dallas, a modern metropolis, the commercial and cultural hub of Texas and the setting for the seventh Moving Cities film. Commissioned by Visit Dallas, Moving Dallas is an artistic comment on the city as it stands today. Not the JR Ewing and cowboy hats past portrayed, but as a city that means business with a growing and talented arts scene.
Combining competing images of the Lone Star State, Moving Dallas brings together the best dance institutions the city has to offer. From the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders to world-class ballet, contemporary and folklorico. All set against a glassy dream, packed with early 20th century Art Deco.
In Dallas we found a city on high alert following the recent shooting. We were greeted with open arms.
A world full of talent in possession of undeniable swagger wrecks any thought of a sensitive soul. The slogan ‘Dallas Strong’ pasted everywhere unites a community with it’s own issues of inequality, poverty and a widening income gap. Moving Dallas doesn't bury these complex issues, and just as the juxtaposition of ballet and cowboys hints at some of the marriages, it also alludes to the challenges the city faces.
Caught somewhere between the genres of cinema, electronica and dance, Moving Dallas stays true to the original founding principle, that there should be no rules or drum beats to follow, as Dallas marches forward to it’s own.
‘Moving Dallas’ is seventh in an award-winning collection of works by the London-based film-maker, Jevan Chowdhury to capture the world as a stage. Life on the street in London, Paris, Brussels, Prague, Yerevan and Athens have all been recorded in this growing canon. Together, they have garnered 10 international prizes from film festivals around the world.
Moving Dallas was produced by Wind & Foster, in collaboration with Visit Dallas, Think Branded Media, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, Bruce Wood Dance Project, Texas Ballet Theater, Titas Presents and Dallas Black Dance Theatre.