Texas Performing Art Shows
October 30, 2021 @ 8:00 am - May 12, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
UPCOMING TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS 40th SEASON SHOWS INCLUDE
RENOWNED PERFORMERS AND WORLD PREMIERES
40th Season Winter and Spring Shows On Sale Friday, Oct 29
AUSTIN, TX – Texas Performing Arts’ 40th Season debuts this month with Ballet Hispánico and continues with a lineup of world premieres, return engagements and first-time visits curated by Executive and Artistic Director Bob Bursey.
Performances will take place in Texas Performing Arts’ newly renovated Bass Concert Hall, the intimate McCullough Theatre, and Bates Recital Hall.
Tickets are on sale now for Ballet Hispánico: Noche de Oro: A Celebration of 50 Years, Jason Moran and the Harlem Hellfighters: James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin, Kronos Quartet: At War With Ourselves – World Premiere, Movement Art Is and Third Coast Percussion: Metamorphosis and The Wooster Group’s Texas debut.
Remaining 40th Season winter and spring shows go on sale Friday, Oct 29 including Bill Morrison and Bill Frisell’s The Great Flood, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Helen Sung with the UT Jazz Orchestra, Nathalie Joachim and Spektral Quartet: Fanm d’Ayiti, and Angélique Kidjo: Remain In Light.
Tickets are available at texasperformingarts.org, by phone at (512) 477-1444, or from the Texas Performing Arts ticket office at Bass Concert Hall.
Upcoming Texas Performing Arts 40th Season Performances
Noche de Oro: A Celebration of 50 Years
October 30, 2021 | 7:30pm | Bass Concert Hall
Ballet Hispánico is one of America’s Cultural Treasures and its leading Latinx dance organization. Founded in 1970 by National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latinx cultures through innovative dance performances, transformative dance training, and enduring community engagement experiences. Last presented by Texas Performing Arts in 2002, the company returns to Austin as part of its 50th anniversary season. The program will celebrate generations of renowned Latinx choreographers.
Jason Moran and the Harlem Hellfighters
James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin
November 5, 2021 | 7:30pm | McCullough Theater
Pianist, composer, bandleader, and MacArthur “Genius” recipient Jason Moran grew up in Texas and has become established as one of the most original voices on today’s jazz scene. Moran is active not only in music, but also in visual arts, film, performance art, theatre, and dance. Moran makes his Texas Performing Arts debut with his acclaimed meditation on the life and legacy of early jazz pioneer James Reese Europe.
At War With Ourselves – World Premiere
November 19-20, 2021 | 7:30pm | McCullough Theater
For over 45 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet – David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello) – has pursued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience. Texas Performing Arts has presented Kronos Quartet on 10 occasions since 1994. They return as part of the 40th Season for the world premiere of a new work co-commissioned by Texas Performing Arts: At War With Ourselves, an evening-length work for string quartet, chorus, and spoken word.
Third Coast Percussion with Movement Art Is
December 4, 2021 | 7:30pm | McCullough Theater
Movement Art Is features the gravity-defying choreography of Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, two artists using movement to inspire social change. They join the Grammy Award–winning Third Coast Percussion for a dynamic collaboration that blends street dance, percussion ensemble, and electronic soundscapes. This intimate, evening-length program is at once intensely personal and fiercely virtuosic, with two disparate styles of street dance blending seamlessly with new music by Jlin and Tyondai Braxton, as well as Third Coast Percussion’s critically-acclaimed arrangements of Philip Glass’s Aguas da Amazonia.
Texas Performing Arts 40th Season Winter and Spring Performances
The Wooster Group – Texas Debut
THE B-SIDE: “Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons” A Record Album Interpretation
January 26-29, 2022 | McCullough Theater
Influential and trendsetting, legendary and revolutionary, the Wooster Group is a New York City-based experimental theater company founded in 1975. Their productions tour nationally and internationally, though have never been presented in Texas until now. In January, 2022, the Wooster Group will make their long-overdue Texas debut with a two-week residency. Wooster Group productions will be staged in the McCullough Theater, which will be transformed in to a black box-style theater with all audience seating on the stage.
Bill Morrison and Bill Frisell
The Great Flood
January 21-22, 2022 | McCullough Theater
Co-presented with the UT Visual Art Center
The Great Flood is a collaboration between filmmaker and multimedia artist Bill Morrison and guitarist and composer Bill Frisell inspired by the 1927 catastrophe. The performances are co-presented with UT’s Visual Art Center as part of their exhibition Bill Morrison: Ancient Loops.
Many consider the flooding of the Mississippi Delta in 1927, which left 27,000 square miles of land underwater, to be the greatest natural disaster in the history of the United States. Part of its legacy was the forced exodus of displaced sharecroppers who left plantation life and migrated to Northern cities, adapting to an industrial society with its own set of challenges. Musically, the Great Migration fueled the evolution of acoustic blues to electric blues bands that thrived in cities like Memphis, Detroit, and Chicago, becoming the wellspring for R&B and rock as well as developing jazz styles.
The Wooster Group – New Work In Progress
UNTITLED TOAST (work-in-progress showing and discussion)
Feb. 4, 2022 | McCullough Theater
While in residence at Texas Performing Arts, the Wooster Group will develop a new original theater work, UNTITLED TOAST. The production will be created in collaboration with and performed by Eric Berryman. It will be directed by Kate Valk with production design by Elizabeth LeCompte. UNTITLED TOAST is based on the LP recording Get Your Ass In The Water And Swim Like Me: Narrative Poetry From The Black Oral Tradition, edited by folklorist Bruce Jackson. The album is a collection of epic poems, referred to as “toasts:” stories, performed in rhyme, that describe the feats of legendary street heroes, such as “Signifying Monkey,” “Titanic,” and “Stackolee.”
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
March 11-12, 2022 | Bass Concert Hall
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was the first company to perform in Bass Concert Hall when it opened in 1981. The company was presented by Texas Performing Arts in 2009.
Founded in 1958, the Ailey company is recognized by U.S. Congressional Resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World.” Ailey’s artists have performed for an estimated 25 million people in 71 countries on 6 continents. Led by Robert Battle, Ailey’s performances celebrate the human spirit through the African-American cultural experience and the American modern dance tradition.
Helen Sung with the UT Jazz Orchestra
April 9, 2022 | Bates Recital Hall
Presented with the Butler School of Music
Helen Sung is an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer, 2021 Guggenheim Fellow, and a Steinway Artist. A native of Texas, she eschewed her classical piano upbringing after a jazz epiphany during undergraduate studies at UT. This collaborative concert with the UT Jazz Orchestra is presented as part of the 2022 Longhorn Jazz Festival. The orchestra will perform several of Sung’s arrangements, with her as the featured soloist.
Nathalie Joachim and Spektral Quartet
April 22, 2022 | Bates Recital Hall
Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album, Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti) is an evening-length work for voice, flute, string quartet, and electronics created by composer/performer Nathalie Joachim. Fanm d’Ayiti celebrates some of Haiti’s most iconic female artists and explores Joachim’s Haitian heritage. Singing in kreyòl (Haitian Creole), Joachim weaves her own luminous voice with those of her grandmother, a girls’ choir from her family’s hometown, and interviews with activist women performers who fought for social justice in the world’s first free Black republic. Folk songs blend seamlessly with chamber strings and electronic soundscapes in Joachim’s deft—and highly personal—musical journey.
Remain In Light
May 12, 2022 | Bass Concert Hall
Four-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo is a force of nature, capable of transforming any musical material in her path with her powerful voice and positive message. To close Texas Performing Arts’ 40th Season, Kidjo revisits her unforgettable Remain in Light project from 2018, in which she repatriated the Talking Heads’ 40 year old album by connecting with the music’s original Afropop underpinnings and filtering its new-wave sensibility through her own musical influences from across the African continent.
All dates, venues, and programs are subject to change. Performance times are to be announced.
Health and Safety
Texas Performing Arts prioritizes the health and safety of its guests, artists, and staff. Changes have been made to the venues and protocols developed by University of Texas medical experts in accordance with State laws for public organizations implemented. Health and safety plans include improved air circulation and filtration, increased space in the lobbies, contactless ticketing and transactions, increased cleaning, and hand sanitizer stations throughout the venues. Masks are strongly recommended indoors regardless of vaccination status.
ABOUT TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS
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 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 Pollstar. Following a national search, Tony Award-winning producer Bob Bursey was appointed Executive Director in January, 2020.