5th Annual South American Folk Festival

2 pm

The 5th Annual South American Folk Festival seeks to unite Albuquerque’s South American community in a day of cultural experience and connection through music, dance, and food. In addition to food vendors from participating countries, the festival will feature traditional dancers representing Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and/or Ecuador. A headlining salsa band or solo artist will also be featured, along with local musicians. Added attractions for the entire family include children’s art workshops and opportunities for souvenir photos featuring the festival banner.
$14 in advance, $16 day of show w/ $2 discount for NHCC members; free for children age 12 and younger

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

Ballet Folklórico Santa Fe, Raíces de Mi Tierra

2 pm & 7:30 pm

Raíces de Mi Tierra is a folkloric dance showcase featuring three New Mexico ensembles, including Santa Fe’s Ballet Folklórico de Santa Fe, Albuquerque’s Grupo Folklórico Desoluna, and Española’s Baile Ilusión, each with a large local following, accompanied by Mariachi Luna Azul from Albuquerque. The participating groups will focus on presenting traditional pieces that represent the beautiful, authentic dances and music of Mexico.
Saturday afternoon – $12 with a $2 discount for Children 12 years old and younger and NHCC members
Saturday evening – $17 with a $2 discount for Children 12 years old and younger and NHCC members

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

26th Annual César Chávez Day Fiesta

Join us in honoring the life and legacy of César Chávez at the 25th annual César Chávez Day Fiesta, with a march—La Marcha de Justicia—followed by a  family fiesta at the Center that includes poetry, dancing, community exhibits, children’s activities and games, food, and live music.
Free public event

Revolutions International Theatre Festival: Migrant Songs

7:30 pm 

Migrant Songs is a choral piece based on stories of migration, both human and non-human. Specifically, the project explores the relationship between the songs of human and bird migration, through oral interviews gathering stories and songs from migrants who currently live in the Albuquerque area and research and field recordings of birds in northern New Mexico, and bringing the songs of migrants into inter-species dialogue through the creation of a choir performance. The work highlights the stories and songs that cut across different migration histories, tying Hispanic culture in historic and contemporary relationships to Asian, African, and Middle Eastern culture within the New Mexican context.

Free and open to the public 

National Institute of Flamenco and the NHCC Present Yjastros 34

8 pm

Yjastros 34 is an epic collaboration, the seasonal culmination of the company’s progress and evolution, including expanded programming and new works for Yjastros. It is also a new artistic journey with international award-winning Spanish guest artists Daniel Doña and Cristian Martín as well as the Orchestra of New Spain under Musical Director Grover Wilkins. The world premiere choreographic masterpieces to be presented, highlighting both tradition and innovation in the world of flamenco, were created for Yjastros by artists at the global forefront of the art form during their residencies in the University of New Mexico’s Dance Program. Yjastros 34 will be premiered in Dallas, TX, home of the Orchestra of New Spain, in February 2019. The Orchestra of New Spain, founded in 1989, is a professional period-instrument baroque orchestra and chorus specializing in, but not limited to, the music of Spain and its sphere of New World influence. Daniel Doña, dancer and choreographer from Granada, has led his own company, Daniel Doña Compañía de Danza, since 2004, and is considered one of the top exponents of current Spanish dance.
$30, $40, $50, $60 w/ $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!

Nutcracker Ballet 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 Ballet in the Land of Enchantment, choreographed by Patricia Dickinson Wells. The beloved holiday classic is transported to territorial New Mexico in the late 1800s, with added elements of the state’s heritage and traditions including Spanish dancers, southwestern snakes, sheep and shepherdesses, a lively fandango, a storyteller doll with children, and lavish Victorian-era western costumes. Now in its 8th 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. Purchase tickets early—last year’s performances sold out!
$14, $20, $29, $38, $47 w/ $2 off for seniors, children and NHCC Members. Group rates available

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

Performers Ballet & Jazz Company Presents Christmas Joy (Rental)

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 presents the 34th season of its Bravos Award-winning holiday production, Christmas Joy. Over fifty classically trained dancers will once again inspire audiences with a repertoire of moving and inspirational classical ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance performances choreographed to traditional and contemporary Christmas music.

A moving and uplifting production, Christmas Joy has become an Albuquerque holiday tradition. In 1999, members of the Albuquerque Arts Alliance conferred the Bravos Award for Dance Excellence on The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company. Additionally, in 2012, Christmas Joy was given the Albuquerque Community Live Art and Performance Service (Q-Claps) Applause Award for favorite performance.
$25, $33 with a $2 discount for students, seniors and NHCC members

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Baila! Baila! and the NHCC Present Christmas in New Mexico

2 pm—Saturday & Sunday
7 pm—Saturday

Baila! Baila!’s annual holiday show is a whirlwind extravaganza, taking audiences on a journey through the sights and sounds of Christmas in New Mexico. Music, song, and dance with the traditional Southwestern flair that has been cultivated in our state over the generations, as well as unique segments saluting Christmas traditions from around the world, will delight theatregoers of all ages. The production features a large multigenerational cast including dancers as young as six, as well as Baila! Baila!’s professional company dancers. Special guest performances include a live mariachi and an appearance by company founder Israela Garcia.

Baila! Baila! Dance Academy was founded in 1990 with the mission of educating students solely in traditional Mexican folk dance. The school’s curriculum has expanded to additional dance genres including country western, salsa, hip hop, classical ballet, and Danza Azteca.
$22, $27, $32 w/ $2 discount for seniors, children, & NHCC members

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

¡Salud y Sabor! Mundo Latino–Chef Showdown

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Salud y Sabor, a partnership between the Agri-cultura Network, Street Food Institute, and the NHCC, is a free evening of food, art, and entertainment aimed at providing families with an opportunity to connect around nutrition, cooking, healthy lifestyles, and culture.

Once a month, community members gather for cooking demonstrations using fresh, locally grown ingredients, as well as fun art activities for kids and adults, health screenings, and live entertainment. An emphasis is placed on exploring traditional Hispanic dishes, providing basic information/free screenings from local Western and alternative health practitioners, and creating a vibrant atmosphere with art activities and live music. In most months, free samples of local produce are available.

This month’s theme is Mundo Latino–Chef Showdown.

For more information on Salud y Sabor, contact David Torres at 505/246-2261 or email him DavidM.Torres@state.nm.us
Free public event