Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: May 15

An panel discussion focuses exclusively on dance, and Venus in Fur is at the WaterTower Theatre.

Danielle Georgiou.
Danielle Georgiou.

It seems like for every weekend in May, there’s another festival beckoning you outdoors.  Now that the weather is cooperating, it seems almost inevitable that you’ll be tempted to hang out in the sun sometime in the next few days. Why not rebel against all of that and maybe spend some time indoors? I have just the thing. A couple of things, in fact.

Fort Worth’s Circle Theatre collaborated with Addison’s WaterTower on the recent production of Venus in Fur, which actually played in both venues. The story touches on themes of eroticism and domination, and I hear those are two subjects known to hold an audience’s attention, no matter how good the weather is. Our theater critic Lindsey Wilson, gave it a satisfactory review over on FrontRow, and it’s actually her second time to see it. She gave the following report on the appeal of Allison Pistorious, who has apparently tweaked her effort in Venus enough that Wilson noticed:

I’d hardly call Allison Pistorious unknown here in DFW, but her riveting take on the mysterious actress Vanda Jordan left me enthralled. I’m happy to report that two months later, as WaterTower Theatre is remounting Circle’s production in its studio space, her performance has only improved.

I’m sold. Venus in Fur begins at 7:30 pm, at WaterTower Theatre (at Addison Theatre Center) this evening, and you can find more info here.

As it has been noted by various writers under our masthead, a wealth of panel discussions on the arts have taken place in town in recent years. Everyone from the mayor, to decorated graffiti artists, to quirky gallery owners with misshapen glasses have been in on the action. In the midst of all that talking, the conversation rarely focused entirely on one discipline in particular: Dance. That’s being rectified at CentralTrak’s Next Topic lecture series this evening, where the subject will be broached in unprecedented detail. The chat is billed as “The State of Dance,” and panelists include Mark Lowry, the founder of Theater Jones; Joshua L. Peugh, artistic director and founding member of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance; Jamie Thompson, of Dallas Black Dance Theatre; and Danielle Georgiou, writer, critic, and founding member of DGDG (Danielle Georgiou Dance Group) and performance art duo, Slik Stockings. I caught DGDG’s Dirty Filthy Diamonds at the Margot Jones earlier this spring, and came away with a new enthusiasm and respect for her work.

For more to do tonight, go here.