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Noche de Oro: A Celebration of 50 Years

October 30, 2021 @ 7:30 pm

 Austin, TX – To kick off its 40th Season, Texas Performing Arts will welcome Ballet Hispánico, the acclaimed Latinx dance company, back to Austin for their first appearance since 2002. The company is currently celebrating its 50th season and will perform the special anniversary program Noche de Oro: A Celebration of 50 Years on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 pm Tickets, starting at $25, are available atwww.TexasPerformingArts.org. 
“Ballet Hispánico’s electrifying dancers and pioneering choreography have established the company as America’s leading Latinx dance organization over its rich 50-year history,” said Texas Performing Arts Executive and Artistic Director Bob Bursey. “Audiences will experience a bold program of spirited dancing that explores the Latinx experience through movement and marks the return of world-class dance to Bass.”   
Founded in 1970 by National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latinx cultures through bold contemporary dance performances, transformative dance training, and enduring community engagement experiences. Widely lauded for its artistry as well as its work educating the public about Latinx art and artists, Ballet Hispánico has been recognized as one of America’s Cultural Treasures. The company is currently led by Artistic Director & CEO Eduardo Vilaro. 
Noche de Oro: A Celebration of 50 Years will celebrate generations of renowned Latinx choreographers through these works:
  • Arabesque (1984) – choreography by Vicente Nebrada; music by Enrique Granados
  • Tiburones (2019) – choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa; music by Pérez Prado, Dizzy Gillespie, and The Funky Lowlives.
  • 18+1 (2012) – choreography by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano; music by Pérez Prado
As an extension of the company’s Community Arts Partnership program, Texas Performing Arts will present a performance for students at an Austin area school on the morning of Friday, Oct. 29. Ballet Hispánico’s Performances for Young People take audiences on a guided journey through Latinx dance and culture. This interactive, fun-filled exploration will feature excerpts of the Ballet Hispánico repertoire narrated by their artistic leadership. Music, cultural connections, choreography insights, and history come together to deepen the student’s experience of dance. Students are exposed to world-class choreographers and cultural contexts while learning about Latinx icons such as Celia Cruz and Tito Puente. This special event will provide elementary students the opportunity to interact with Ballet Hispánico’s teaching artists and educators through a live dance session and a Q&A.
For fifty years Ballet Hispánico has been the leading voice intersecting artistic excellence and advocacy and is now the largest Latinx cultural organization in the United States and one of America’s Cultural Treasures. Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latinx cultures through innovative dance productions, transformative dance training, and enduring community engagement experiences.
National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez founded Ballet Hispánico in 1970, at the height of the post-war civil rights movements. From its inception Ballet Hispánico focused on providing a haven for black and brown Latinx youth and families seeking artistic place and cultural sanctuary. By providing the space for Latinx dance and dancers to flourish, Ballet Hispánico uplifted marginalized emerging and working artists, which combined with the training, authenticity of voice, and power of representation, fueled the organization’s roots and trajectory. In 2009, Ballet Hispánico welcomed Eduardo Vilaro as its Artistic Director, ushering in a new era by inserting fresh energy to the company’s founding values and leading Ballet Hispánico into an artistically vibrant future. Today, Ballet Hispánico’s New York City headquarters house a School of Dance and state-of-the-art dance studios for its programs and the arts community. From its grassroots origins as a dance school and community-based performing arts troupe, for fifty years Ballet Hispánico has stood as a catalyst for social change.
Ballet Hispánico provides the physical home and cultural heart for Latinx dance in the United States. Ballet Hispánico has developed a robust public presence across its three main programs: its Company, School of Dance, and Community Arts Partnerships. Through its exemplary artistry, distinguished training program, and deep-rooted community engagement efforts Ballet Hispánico champions and amplifies underrepresented voices in the field. For fifty years Ballet Hispánico has provided a place of honor for the omitted, overlooked, and oppressed. As it looks to the next fifty years and beyond, Ballet Hispánico seeks to empower, and give agency to, the Latinx experience and those individuals within it.
Texas Performing Arts is the performing arts presenting program of The University of Texas at Austin and operates campus venues including Bass Concert Hall and McCullough Theatre.  It is the home of the Lexus Broadway in Austin series. In calendar year 2019 Bass Concert Hall had the highest number of tickets sold of any theater in Austin, was #2 in the State of Texas and #22 in the world, according to industry publication PollstarFollowing a national search, Tony Award-winning producer Bob Bursey was appointed Executive Director in January, 2020.


October 30, 2021
7:30 pm


Bass Concert Hall

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