Nutcracker in the Land of Enchantment

7 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 2 pm Saturday and Sunday

Festival Ballet Albuquerque is partnering with the National Hispanic Cultural Center to present an original production, The Nutcracker 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, Mr. Coyote, Ms. Roadrunner, and lavish western Victorian-era costumes. This tenth anniversary year will see the addition of Zozobra, with the production showcasing 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, Principal Conductor of the Santa Fe Symphony and an internationally renowned conductor and violinist who was a 2012 Latin Grammy nominee.

$49, $39, $29, $20, $14 w/ $2 discount for seniors, children12 and younger, and NHCC members

Christmas Joy

2 pm & 6:30 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday

Magnify Dance Ensemble presents Christmas Joy. Come…Experience the Miracle!….Awaken your heart to the true Spirit of Christmas in dance as Magnify Dance Ensemble presents the 37th season of its Bravos Award-winning holiday production. Over sixty-five 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.

$25, $33 w/ $2 discount for students, seniors and NHCC members. Group rates available.

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Baila! Baila!’s Christmas in New Mexico 2021

7 pm Friday, 2 pm & 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. In 2021, Baila! Baila! will be celebrating their 32nd year in spectacular fashion. Christmas in New Mexico 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 discounts for students, seniors and NHCC members

The Musical Adventures of Oliver Twist

2 pm (MST)

New Mexico Young Actors presents The Musical Adventures of Oliver Twist. Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, this musical follows the orphan Oliver from his escapades during a life of thievery with Fagin’s criminal gang to the loving home of Mr. Brownlow.  The tuneful score is by Scott DeTurk, who is the composer of the music from our popular 2016 production of Pocahontas.

$14; $2 discount for children 12 and younger

School matinees on Thursday and Friday, November 18 and 19, at 10 am both days. To reserve tickets for the school matinees, please call NM Young Actors at (505) 821-8055.

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Festival Oralidad

Reception—6 pm, Cayetana Romero Lobby
Introduction to Festival Oralidad—6:30 pm, Wells Fargo Auditorium
Concert, Nacha Mendez Trio—7:30 pm, Bank of America Theatre

Reception and festival introduction free to the public; concert tickets $17 w/ $2 discount for NHCC members, purchase Here

Please note: Both the festival introduction and the concert will require either a proof of vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to the event or a negative COVID test administered by a health care professional within 72 hours of the event. Originals or photos of documents with a matching ID will be accepted. Masks are also required while inside the NHCC.

Instituto Cervantes and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, with the collaboration of AMP Concerts and the support of the New Mexico Humanities Council, present the first Festival Oralidad on November 18, 20, and 22, 2021. The festival combines workshops, lectures, panel discussions, storytelling performances, and musical performances connected to the oral tradition and storytelling. It was created with two essential purposes: the promotion of the oral tradition of storytelling and the establishment of a collaborative relationship among artists from New Mexico, other parts of the United States, Spain, and Latin America to create new works together and contribute to the advancement of the genre.

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Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company Presents Yjastros By Design

8 pm—Friday
2 pm & 8 pm—Saturday

Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company Presents Yjastros By Design, the seasonal culmination of the company’s progression and evolution. This season’s performances show the company’s resurgence from a challenging period that has deepened the members’ resolve to continue honing their flamenco expression in new ways. Yjastros By Design features intricate re-imaginings of choreographic masterpieces set on Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company by Artistic Director Joaquín Encinias, together with guest artist Lidón Patiño from Castellón, Spain, and other choreographers. Both Encinias and Patiño will take the stage with the company in this production.

This season highlights tradition and innovation in the world of flamenco and features choreographies created by artists at the global forefront of the art form. Yjastros is the flamenco company in residence with the University of New Mexico Dance Program.

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

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The 21st Revolutions International Theatre Festival

The 2021 Revolutions International Theatre Festival, from October 20 through November 6, 2021, spotlights the cultural wisdom, resilience, and creativity of Colombia, Haiti, and Uganda through performances, panel discussions, and workshops all live-streamed and featured on-line. Produced by Revolutions Inc, a new nonprofit organization and laboratory space dedicated to supporting and nurturing artists, and presented in collaboration with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the festival will build upon the legacy of Tricklock Company and its deeply rooted artist-centric approach to production and collaboration.

The three-week festival seeks to shine a light on larger themes of collective liberation and healing. The programming of Colombia (October 20-24) explores the intersection of live theatre and film as a blended means of reaching across a COVID-impacted world and the dexterous nature of circus arts rooted in youth community exchange.  The following events will be presented in collaboration with the NHCC; to register, please visit REGISTER | Festivalonlineevents.

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Global Headphone Dance Party

7 pm (MST)

¡Globalquerque!, New Mexico’s Annual World Music & Culture Celebration returns to the National Hispanic Cultural Center on September 17 and 18, celebrating immigrant and Indigenous culture in the U.S. with live music, from cutting edge to traditional, on the Center’s Plaza Mayor. This year’s festival, produced by Avokado Artists, kicks off with a headphone dance party on September 16.

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Dance Auditions: Carnaval 2022

11 am

Albuquerque’s CARNAVAL 2022 at the NHCC’s Roy E Disney Center for Performing Arts is scheduled for February 25th & 26th, 2022. The Odara Dance Ensemble will be holding audition Saturday, August 21st starting at 11 am at the NHCC’s PNM Rehearsal Hall . Be prepared to audition to various styles of dance, including cultural elements of Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil, and New Orleans.

Carnaval, the festive season occurring before Lent in many countries, is one of the world’s most widespread celebrations and one of its biggest parties. Frank Leto Musical Ventures and the NHCC continue their annual partnership to celebrate Carnaval at the Center with a festive and colorful evening of music, dance, and theatre, featuring the Odara Dance Ensemble and the musical group PANdemonium. Carnaval 2022, a dazzling spectacle of vibrant dance, engaging music, and beautiful costumes, showcases the Carnaval traditions of Cuba, Trinidad, Brazil, and New Orleans and marks the 15th annual Carnaval Celebration at the NHCC.

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