The NHCC regularly presents performances by nationally and internationally acclaimed local flamenco companies. The Center also brings in dance companies from elsewhere in the U.S. and the world, with performances in genres ranging from ballet to contemporary to folkloric.
Jesús Muñoz is nationally and internationally recognized for having created a unique original method and rhythm fusing his American roots with traditional Spanish influence.
Like jazz, flamenco has its roots in raw, intimate improvisation upon standard structures; it improvises through interpretations of the structures of cante jondo, or deep song. This show, Jesús Muñoz Flamenco in Red Note, featured original music and works composed and performed by a cast of international dancers and musicians.
Jesús Muñoz Flamenco dancers in Red Note. This show explored dynamic, visionary movements in dance, music, and visual art inspired by cante flamenco.
The Nutcracker Ballet in the Land of Enchantment comes to life in the late 1800s in territorial New Mexico, with many surprises including Spanish and flamenco dancers, dancing southwestern snakes, sheep and shepherdesses, hummingbirds, a lively fandango, and a storyteller doll with children.
The National Hispanic Cultural Center's annual celebration of Carnaval is a festive and colorful evening of music and dance featuring the Odara Dance Ensemble and the musical group PANdemonium. Pilar Leto, founder, choreographer and artistic director of the Odara Dance Ensemble, and Frank Leto, musical director and leader of PANdemonium, have created a dazzling spectacle of engaging music, vibrant dance, and beautiful costumes.
Indigenous cultures have been employing handmade fiber masks for unknown centuries to tell important cultural legends, like those of earth's creation and floods. In this activity, children can create their own masks.
Panquetzaliztli, an Aztec celebration of the season that draws upon Mesoamerican creation myths and the history behind traditional holiday customs.
In addition to dance, the NHCC's Performing Arts Program brings international, national and local artists to perform everything from contemporary to traditional music and theatre on its three stages. Visit www.nhccnm.org for more information and for a listing of performances.