October 16, 2021

The Line-up: Three open air dance performances this fall

A'lante Flamenco, Blue Lapis Light, and Performa/Dance perform in the open air


What is more perfect for our current times than joyous and thoughtful dance performances in the open air?

Here, in calendar order, are three open air performances to see in the next weeks in Austin:

A'lante Flamingo
A’lante Flamingo

“Flamenco Under the Stars,” A’lante Flamenco
8 p.m. Sept. 25 & 26
Zilker Hillside Theatre, Zilker Park
Bring blankets, lawn chairs for outdoor seating. Picnics welcome. Keep your hillside seating pod socially distanced and wear a mask if unable to socially distance.
Free, reservations suggested: alanteflamenco.com

With seven dancers and four musician, A’lante Flamenco blend of traditional and contemporary flamenco music and dance into both traditional flamenco as well as innovative flamenco theater works incorporating multimedia and addressing relevant social issues. It’s visceral, and technically stunning.


Blue Lapis Light
Aerial dance company Blue Lapis Light reprises its 2015 large-scale aerial performance “Edge of Grace” in October. It’s performed on a 25-foot high scaffold built on the grounds of the company’s South Austin property. Photo: Blue Lapis Light

“Edge of Grace,” Blue Lapis Light
Blue Lapis Light Studio (outdoors), 10331 Old Manchaca Road
8 p.m. Oct. 13-16, Oct. 21 & 23
Seating will be limited and masks will be required.
Tickets & info: bluelapislight.org/performances#edge-of-grace-2021

Dancers interact on a multi-level scaffolding structure on the grounds of aerial dance company Blue Lapis Light’s South Austin studio. “Edge of Grace” is about exploring spaces between edges, seeking a way to move in and around challenging surfaces. From artistic director Sally Jacques: “Similarly to life, when unexpected and unfamiliar events occur, we find ways to navigate through them seeking spiritual guidance and support.”


“Bluegrass Junction,” Performa/Dance
6:30 & 8:30 p.m. Oct. 23
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, 10621 Pioneer Farms Dr.
Held in an open air historic meeting hall. Socially-distanced seating and masks required.
Tickets & info: performadance.org/bluegrass

From the ballet-rooted Performa/Dance company, and with live music by the Greenlawn Rangers, “Bluegrass Junction” celebrates when live music and dance brought communities together to mark the important phases of life.

The piece “explores the cycle of life and emphasizes joy in a time when so many have experienced pain, isolation, and loneliness,” says choreographer and company founder Jennifer Hart.

“Through our darkest moments, we seek comfort in art; I created ‘Bluegrass Junction’ to acknowledge the real-world tribulations and transformations our community has faced in recent months.”



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