After more than 18 months of being shuttered, Texas Performing Arts launches into live performance with a diverse and considered line-up of shows, the first curated by Executive and Artistic Director Bob Bursey, who took the helm just months before the pandemic.
Fall shows on Texas Performing Arts’ season are:
‘Noche de Oro: A Celebration of 50 Years’
7:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Bass Concert Hall
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
7:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 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’
7:30 p.m. Nov. 19-20, 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 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
7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 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.