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Dallas Opera enlists Art Conspiracy for unexpected collision at La Bohème

Dallas Opera enlists Art Con for unexpected collision at La Bohème

Dallas Opera presents La Boheme
Art Conspiracy will create special themed works at each performance of Dallas Opera's La Boheme​. Photo by Maxine Helfman

Audiences for Dallas Opera's upcoming production of La Bohème will get even more art than they bargained for because the company has partnered with Art Conspiracy to create works inspired by the classic opera.

Art Con, which "conspires to bring artists and musicians together," will have local artists painting and sculpting live in the lobby of the Winspear Opera House at each performance of La Bohème. Attendees can not only watch the art being created, but they also can buy finished pieces on the spot.

The idea is to create an atmosphere similar to that of the opera's storyline, in which working artists, writers and musicians mingle on the streets with neighborhood shopkeepers, students and tourists.

"Giving the arts a chance to collide in order to create fresh and unexpected moments of inspiration and the opportunity to change lives — that's what Art Conspiracy is all about," said executive director Erica Felicella in a release. "It's something we love to see happening in our city."

In addition to the creation of works onsite, other previously created La Bohème​-themed pieces by artists affiliated with Art Con will be for sale.

La Bohème​, which has six performances between March 13 and March 29, centers around four young artists yearning for love and worldly recognition while struggling for day-to-day survival in 19th century Paris. It was the inspiration for the Tony Award-winning musical Rent.