Open Dance Project presents Bonnie & Clyde
Co-presented with the Moody Center for the Arts,
Bonnie & Clydeby the Open Dance Project uses history and disruptive narrative to ask critical questions about today’s world. Through the lens of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s story, this immersive and visually stunning experience personalizes the contemporary issues of gun violence and prison reform.
Situated in the 1930s through original music, costume, lighting, and immersive set design, Bonnie & Clyde presents a look inward at the emotional journey of two young criminals from Texas in the midst of the Great Depression. Through compelling choreography, the couple’s sensationalized drama is peeled back to reveal the human experience of love, desperation, and violence.
Contributing to the intimacy of the narrative, the performance engages audience members through a multisensory experience that places them in the direct center of the theatrical moment thereby allowing individuals to navigate the stage within their own sense of boundaries. An original live score that includes new arrangements of old tunes beloved by Barrow and Parker like “Deep Ellum Blues” and Jimmie Rodgers’ “Sleep Baby Sleep,” highlights the duo’s fascination with showmanship while rooting the story in the context of 1930s popular media that glamorized the myth of Bonnie & Clyde and consequently overshadowed the reality of bungled robberies and failed relationships.
The production features mature content and is recommended for ages 13 and above.