Sacred Journeys III

7:00 pm Friday & Saturday, 2:00 pm Sunday

Festival Ballet Albuquerque and the NHCC present Sacred Journeys III. Classical and contemporary dance combine with the eclectic music of two-time Grammy award-winning Taos Pueblo musician Robert Mirabal in this reflection of New Mexican cultures through dance, music, and spoken word. Mirabal collaborates with Festival Ballet Albuquerque’s artistic director Patricia Dickinson Wells and with internationally renowned New York City Ballet dancer Jock Soto, of Navajo and Puerto Rican descent. Soto, who is originally from Gallup, NM, and will also make guest appearances onstage, now lives in Eagle Nest, NM.

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

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Magnify Dance Ensemble: How Love Wins

2 pm

Magnify Dance Ensemble presents How Love Wins, a sequel to the company’s award-winning holiday production ofChristmas Joy.  Inspired by the Gospel and expressed through dance, the story of How Love Wins is filled with meaningful and engaging choreography.  Progressing from the birth of Jesus through His life, death and resurrection, this newest addition to Magnify Dance Ensemble’s repertoire carries on the professionalism and extraordinary level of performance our audiences have come to expect.  How Love Wins came alive as a new opportunity for Magnify to share the redeeming love of our Savior with our audiences.

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

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Carnaval 2022: Queenie, Queen of Carnaval

7:30 pm

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. 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. Carnaval 2022 marks the NHCC’s 16th annual Carnaval Celebration—a dazzling spectacle of vibrant dance, stirring music, colorful costumes, an engaging storyline, and special surprises. Based on a children’s book of the same name, written by Frank Leto and illustrated by his six-year-old granddaughter, the show follows a little girl named Queenie as she learns how Carnaval is celebrated in a variety of locations.

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

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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

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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

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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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