Complex Movements' Beware of The Dandelions is a performance-based architectural installation that incorporates music, animation, gaming, projection, science fiction, community stories, workshops, and social justice organizing.
After launching the rolling premiere of this project in Seattle last April, we are excited to introduce this work to our communities in Dallas. For over two years we have been working with Ignite/Arts Dallas as well as many brilliant artists, activists, and community members in Dallas to bring this engagement to life. Our community coordinators and local cohort partners have been instrumental in shaping this process. We will be sharing news and stories from our local partners so please stay tuned.
Beware of the Dandelions is a mobile art installation that functions as a performance, workshop space, and visual arts exhibition. The piece is created at the intersection of community organizing, visual design, hip-hop and electronic music, architecture, and theater. The experience occurs inside a 400 square foot polyhedron dome-like pod structure. In this science fiction parable, the audience plays the role of post-apocalyptic survivors and unlocks the untold stories of their community.
Tickets for our feature performances are extremely limited and going fast! Tickets are free, but need to be reserved in advance.
Beware of the Dandelions will be in Dallas for a four week engagement. The schedule includes 10 performances and 5 community events. Read on for the full schedule of feature performances, special events, plus a list of related social justice and arts events in Dallas. Accessibility information for Complex Movements-organized events is here.
Thursday, November 19, 7:30 p.m. (doors) / 8:00 p.m. (start)
Friday, November 20, 7:30 p.m. (doors) / 8:00 p.m. (start)
Saturday, November 21, 3:30 p.m. (doors) / 4:00 p.m. (start)
Saturday, November 21, 7:30 p.m. (doors) / 8:00 p.m. (start)
Sunday, November 22, 3:30 p.m. (doors) / 4:00 p.m. (start)
Sunday, November 22, 7:30 p.m. (doors) / 8:00 p.m. (start)
Thursday, December 3, 7:30 p.m. (doors) / 8:00 p.m. (start)
Friday, December 4, 7:30 p.m. (doors) / 8:00 p.m. (start)
Saturday, December 5, 3:30 p.m. (doors) / 4:00 p.m. (start)
Saturday, December 5, 7:30 p.m. (doors) / 8:00 p.m. (start)
All performances take place at Fair Park’s Tower Building 3809 Grand Ave, Dallas, TX 75210.
Once a show is sold out a waiting list will open up on a first come first served basis starting 30 minutes before the doors open. Once the show starts there is no entering and exiting.
The Beware of the Dandelions installation maps community stories of resilience and resistance. During each installation viewing we will host a facilitated dialogue on movement memories from Dallas, Detroit, and Seattle, and how these relate to to current and local community-led social justice strategies. Each of these events is an opportunity to view the installation and engage in community dialogue.
Tuesday, November 24, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (hosted by Tisha Crear of SusuEco)
Friday, November 27, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (hosted by Ramon Mejia of SOL/CAIR)
Saturday, November 28, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (hosted by Jodi Voice of AIHD/SOL/NICE)
For all performance and installation events:
• The venue is wheelchair accessible, as is the Beware of the Dandelions installation.
• During the Beware of the Dandelions performance, a limited number of chairs are available upon request for people with physical/medical disabilities.
• The performance includes 3-D elements and strobe lighting effects which can cause seizures in persons with photosensitive epilepsy or other medical conditions. Beware of the Dandelions is not recommended for people with photosensitive medical conditions.
• All gender restrooms are available.
• Attendees are asked to please avoid wearing scents in consideration of other attendees with chemical sensitivity.
The events listed below have been organized by Complex Movements in partnership with the Dallas Complex Movements Cohort.
Friday, November 13, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Sandaga 813, 813 Exposition Ave, Dallas, TX 75226. Suggested donation: $5 - $25 (no one turned away). More information on Facebook.
• Jeedo X and Invincible/ill (Complex Movements)
• Comanche Thunder
• PS the Rebels
• King Shakur
• Edyka Chilomé
• 7 Knuckles
• Prof D
• Rafael Tamayo
• Dezi 5
• Brandon L. Jackson
• The Poliiitic
• B Randall
• Leo G
• Journeyman Ink
• Rage Almighty
• Verb Kulture
• DJ QUEEN AGNES
• Members of Mothers Against Police Brutality
• Sage Crump of Complex Movements
• Studology 101
Wednesday, December 2, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dallas, TX 75202.
How can neighborhoods grow without displacement? What is the role of arts, media, and storytelling in keeping culture and communities from being erased? At the same time the Bishop Arts district development threatens to displace longtime Oak Cliff community members, residents in Vickery Meadow are facing a lack of tenants rights in their housing complexes. This session will convene members from these and other Dallas neighborhoods, as well as members of Complex Movements from Detroit, to share stories and strategies of how to resist being uprooted while growing the resilience of their communities. Featuring Texas Tenants Union, SusuEco, SOL, Trans.lation, American Indian Heritage Day in Texas Committee, North Texas Dream Team, and more.
In addition to events featuring and organized by Complex Movements, we have been working with our community coordinators and cohort to identify Dallas social justice and culturally-rooted events taking place while we are in town. These are not events that we have organized, but are included as we intend to support and uplift this powerful local work. Your attendance is encouraged!
Fused Lens: Profiles in History
Saturday, November 14, 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Oak Cliff Cultural Center 223 W. Jefferson Blvd. Dallas, TX 75202. More info on Facebook.
Join American Indian Heritage Day in Texas and enjoy our film presentation for Fused Lens: Profiles in History, focused on American Indian Boarding Schools. We aim to create awareness and provide education for American Indian issues to all people, through bridging the gap between history and personal experience. For the past year, American Indian Heritage Day in Texas has been compilling stories to spread messages that fuse generations into a time capsule recording.
Friday, November 20, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at Life in Deep Ellum, 2803 Taylor St., Dallas, TX 75226. More info on Facebook.
Spoken Word. DJ Demos. Live Art. A creative experience for ages 21 and under, presented by Big Thought and Journeyman Ink. Shows are free and open to the public. For more information, call (469) 621-8960.
Blood Wedding Presented by Cara Mia Theater Company
Written by Federico García Lorca and directed by David Lozano. Performed in English with some Spanish. Cara Mía takes on this classic play by one of Spain's most beloved poets and playwrights, Federico García Lorca. When a young bride abandons her groom on their wedding day, she flees into the forest with another man while the groom and his family rush after them in hot pursuit. Performed mostly in English and partly in Lorca’s original Spanish, Cara Mía brings this surreal folk tale of desire and passion to life. You won’t want to miss this rare chance to see this classic performed by North Texas' premiere Latino theatre company.
Bring Your Own Vinyl- BYOV
Tuesday, December 1, 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. at The Crown and Harp 1914 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206. More info on Facebook.
Presented by Classic Tuesdays with 5-D. From casual collector to serious DJs the turntables will be open to everyone for a night of great music. U bring it, U spin it! Guest DJ: Jeedo X (Dirt Tech Reck/Complex Movements)