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Changing Perspectives Block Party 

April 14th, 2023  | 6:30-11:00pm

Don’t miss the annual Changing Perspectives Block Party on Friday, April 14, 2023, from 6:30-11:00 pm with a rain date on April 15, 2023. Watch Close-Act Theatre’s Birdmen come to life; they are large dinosaur-like performers that extend 23 feet high and 19 feet long with a wingspan of 13 feet. This FREE family-friendly event will feature some of the best artists that Dallas has to offer–musicians, dancers, a community mural and more! The event will take place on and surrounding Sammons Park in front of the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street. Close-Act Theatre is an international street theatre company that was founded in 1991 in the Netherlands. The group originates from collaboration of designers, actors, dancers, choreographers, and musicians, all the disciplines are combined. Click here for a sneak peak of Close-Act Theatre’s Birdmen from the Netherlands.

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Birdmen: From Close-Act Theatre Company, The Netherlands                                         

Huge, illuminated creatures roam the streets operated by mysterious men. Their movement and colors act synchronized as if they were programmed for a mission. Their illuminated bodies react on their environment. Three gigantic, stilt-walking puppets resembling birds from prehistoric times will roam through your city, capturing your imagination and delighting you with their antics. How you interactive with them is up to you – from afar or up-close, it’s your decision. But watch out! They are playful and eager for attention. 

Close-Act Theatre Company was founded in 1991. Originates from a collaboration between designers, actors, dancers, choreographers and musicians. Although new acts are being developed from different artistic disciplines, the style of the visual creations is still one of the unique trademarks of Close-Act. The artistic directors of Close-Act are Hesther Melief and Tonny Aerts. Close-Act is renowned for interactive street theatre. Their unique form of theatre is performed in, between and above the public. “Let us move, draw and carry you into the world we create”. What does it mean; interactive theatre? It’s most comparable to reality whereby the most important thing is the emotional rush you get. In these performances you can feel all kinds of emotions, like love, seduction, fear or compassion, it’s the ultimate way to intensify your perception of the performance. The story, how unreal it may seem, becomes reality. You are part of it just like all others around you.

Performers: Stephan Bikker, Kay Melief and Anna Laura Zurkirchen

6:30-10:30pm – Fred Villanueva, Community Muralist

6:35-7:00pm – Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico

7:00-7:40pm – Close-Act Theatre; Birdmen

7:45-8:15pm – Monica Saldivar and Band

8:25-8:55pm – Avant Chamber Ballet

9:00-9:40pm – Close-Act Theatre; Birdmen

9:45-10:10pm – Kupira Marimba Ensemble

10:20-10:50pm – Dezi 5

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