Yjastros 36

8 pm—Friday
2 pm & 8 pm—Saturday

Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company Presents Yjastros 36. Yjastros 36 exemplifies the professional company’s identity as both a culturally authentic disseminator of the Spanish/Andalusian art form of flamenco and a uniquely American flamenco repertory company, rooted deeply in its New Mexican and Hispanic provenance.  Yjastros 36 features new choreography and repertory, advancing understanding of the depth and complexity of this art form. A unique artistic treasure in the American cultural landscape, Yjastros proudly brings the creative visions of world-renowned flamenco artists to the American public, while cultivating the living art of flamenco in the United States.

$30, $40, $50, $60 w/ a $5 discount for students, seniors and NHCC members

Thank you to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!

Lila Downs

7:30 pm

AMP Concerts presents Iconic Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winning singer Lila Downs is one of the world’s most singular and powerful voices, whose compelling stage presence and poignant storytelling transcend all language barriers. Raised in Minnesota and Oaxaca, this global superstar’s exquisite artistry bridges traditions from across the Americas, with influences ranging from the folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America to North American folk, jazz, blues, and hip-hop. On her new album, “Al Chile”, Lila pays homage to chile and the complicated relationship Mexicans have with the fiery fruit that causes them happiness, suffering, sweat and tears.

$46, $61, $71

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Niyaz: The Fourth Light Project

7:30 pm

Notable electroacoustic group Niyaz present The Fourth Light Project: a cutting-edge, immersive, multi-sensory show unlike any other. This groundbreaking multi-media experience combines live musical and dance performance with interactive technologies and advanced projection/ body-mapping techniques that respond to sound and movement in real time. Guided by the mystical poetry of legendary Sufi poets and the ancient wisdom of traditional Middle Eastern folk songs, Niyaz steps into a future that is ancient, inviting listeners to embark upon a philosophical quest into the human depths.

$12, $22, $32 w/ a $12 ticket for kids 12 years old and younger

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Carnaval 2020

7:30 pm—Friday & Saturday

The NHCC’s annual celebration of Carnaval is a dazzling spectacle of vibrant dance, engaging music, and beautiful costumes, featuring the band PANdemonium and the Odara Dance Ensemble and showcasing the Carnaval celebrations of Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil and New Orleans.

Carnaval, the festive season occurring before Lent in many countries, including Latin American and Caribbean nations as well as parts of the United States, is one of the world’s most widespread celebrations and one of its biggest parties.  Among the guidelines that the Performing Arts program has developed, refined, and utilized since 1999 to design its programming and curate its seasons is the provision of a variety of annual programming that is specific to seasons, holidays, and celebrations, as well as culture-specific.  Carnaval was first celebrated at the NHCC in 2002, and has been part of the Center’s regular seasonal programming since 2006, with regular performances by presenting partners Frank Leto & PANdemonium and Pilar Leto & the Odara Dance Ensemble.  This year’s Carnaval 2020 marks the 15th annual Carnaval Celebration at the NHCC’s Roy E. Disney Center for Performing Arts.

$17, $22, $27with a $2 discount for seniors, children 12 years old and younger & NHCC members

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NM Jazz Latino Orchestra

8 pm

In their fourth performance at the NHCC, the New Mexico Jazz Latino Orchestra will again present a two-part show featuring an opening set of straight-up Latin jazz and a second set fusing the folkloric rhythms of Colombia with jazz elements and showcasing the versatility of the group’s musicians. The 13-piece ensemble seeks to showcase the great musical talents of artists who are now New Mexico residents, while bringing in international guest artists to introduce audiences to traditional instrumentation and rhythms from Latin America and demonstrate how jazz fusion can provide a harmonious and exciting blend of ancestral and contemporary tones.

$25 & $27 with a $3 discount for NHCC members

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¡Baile! Casino (Cuban Salsa) Dance Class

6 pm to 8:15 pm

6 pm to 7:15 pm—Beginning and Intermediate Class.
No experience is necessary to participate in this class.

7:15 pm to 8:15 pm—Advanced Class
In order to participate in this class, dancers must come to at least one 6 pm class and be familiar with the vocabulary and movement introduced in these classes.

Dance classes are taught by Larry Heard and Rueda 505 Friends.

There is no need to pre-register; just show up in comfortable clothes ready to dance! For more information, call 505-246-2261.

$5 to $10 per class (pay what you can)

¡Baile! Casino (Cuban Salsa) Dance Class

6 pm to 8:15 pm

6 pm to 7:15 pm—Beginning and Intermediate Class.
No experience is necessary to participate in this class.

7:15 pm to 8:15 pm—Advanced Class
In order to participate in this class, dancers must come to at least one 6 pm class and be familiar with the vocabulary and movement introduced in these classes.

Dance classes are taught by Larry Heard and Rueda 505 Friends.

There is no need to pre-register; just show up in comfortable clothes ready to dance! For more information, call 505-246-2261.

$5 to $10 per class (pay what you can)

Festival Ballet Albuquerque Presents The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment

7 pm—Friday, Saturday & Sunday
2 pm—Saturday & Sunday

Festival Ballet Albuquerque is partnering with the National Hispanic Cultural Center to present an original production, The Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment. The beloved holiday classic is transported to territorial New Mexico in the late 1800s. Resplendent in its classical origins, this unique southwestern version adds elements of the state’s heritage and traditions including Spanish dancers, southwestern snakes, sheep and shepherdesses, a lively fandango, a Cochiti Pueblo Storyteller doll with children complete with Roadrunner and Coyote characters! A special treat are the lavish western Victorian-era costumes. Now in its ninth year at the NHCC, the production showcases New Mexico heritage and traditions while maintaining the classical grace and family appeal of its origins.
A live orchestra performs under the baton of Maestro Guillermo Figueroa, former music director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and an internationally renowned conductor and violinist who was a 2012 Latin Grammy nominee.

$14, $20, $29, $39, $49 w/ $2 discount for seniors, children 12 and younger, and NHCC members

Thank you to our Performing Arts Season Sponsors Heritage Hotels and Resorts, the Albuquerque Journal and Southwest Airlines!

Christmas Joy

1 pm & 5 pm—Saturday
2 pm—Sunday

Come…Experience the Miracle!….Awaken your heart to the true Spirit of Christmas in dance as The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company will present the 35th Anniversary season of its Bravos Award-winning holiday production, Christmas Joy. Over fifty classically-trained dancers will once again inspire audiences in the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Albuquerque Journal Theater with a collection of moving and inspirational classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dance performances choreographed to traditional and contemporary Christmas music.

$22, $33 w/ $3 discount for students, seniors and NHCC members

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Film: Nosotros los Nobles/The Noble Family

7 pm

When successful construction mogul Germán Noble accidentally stumbles onto his children’s credit card statements, he discovers that their spending is out of control. Party boy Javier is neglecting the family business to pursue his own eccentric business ideas; princess Bárbara has gotten engaged to an older gigolo just to spite her father; and hipster Charlie has been expelled from college for having sex with a teacher. Tired of their spoiled antics, he decides to teach them a lesson. When he fakes an embezzlement scheme and “freezes” their assets, they all go into hiding in a rundown fixer-upper, and are forced to get real jobs for the first time in their lives. Presented as part of the Bank of America Free Thursday Film Series.

2013; Gary Alazraki; Spanish with English subtitles; 108 minutes; rated PG-13.

Free ticketed event; tickets available one hour before show