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New Orleans Ballet Association unveils dynamic 2015-2016 season of dance: Twyla Tharp, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Malpaso Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Che Malambo

Written by  New Orleans Ballet Association
The New Orleans Ballet Association announces its 2015-216 dance season packed with stellar performances by five brilliant and world-renowned dance companies, including Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Argentina’s Che Malambo.  

The season begins at the Mahalia Jackson Theater on October 24 with American dance icon Twyla Tharp celebrating “50 years of forward movement.” Twyla Tharp is hailed as "one of the three living choreographers who have achieved true greatness" (The New York Times).  With her maverick style of mixing modern and classical dance with a splash of pop culture and humor, she has created more than 160 spectacular productions for dance companies, Hollywood films, television and Broadway, including the long-running, Tony Award-winning Movin’ Out with music by Billy Joel. Embarking on a national tour with her hand-picked company, Tharp brings a double bill of brand new works to music by J. S. Bach, Steven Bernstein and New Orleans jazz and blues piano great Henry Butler.
On November 21, the classically American Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) makes a triumphant return to New Orleans after 15 years. This renowned, multi-cultural institution was founded in 1969 by pioneering New York City Ballet dancer Arthur Mitchell and is now directed by former DTH principal ballerina Virginia Johnson. With a bold and dazzling evening of ballets, the next generation of DTH artists continues the company’s extraordinary legacy of breaking boundaries and transforming lives. In addition to the Main Stage performance at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, the company is currently leading a five-month residency in New Orleans that will culminate with selected students of the NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance performing in DTH’s community lecture/demonstrations on Friday, November 20.

In the New Year, NOBA and The NOCCA Institute co-present Cuba’s newest contemporary dance export, Malpaso Dance Company. Three performances will take place from March 11-13 in NOCCA’s intimate Freda Lupin Memorial Hall.  Based in Havana, this highly-trained ensemble of 10 dancers burst onto the American dance scene with a brilliant debut at New York’s Joyce Theater in 2014, delighting audiences with refreshing, passionate works that highlight the country’s rich dance and music traditions.  
 
With “a near-perfect storm of movement, music and choreography” (Los Angeles Times), the fierce dancers of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago return to the Mahalia Jackson Theater on April 2 after more than a decade.  Led by former artistic director of Netherlands Dans Theater, Glenn Edgerton, this immaculately technical group brings a program of sleek contemporary ballets by international stars, including Jiří Kylián, Crystal Pite and Hubbard Street resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo.
 
The season closes May 7 with the hot, all-male Che Malambo from Argentina in the thrilling percussive dance and music spectacle celebrating the unique South American cowboy traditions of the gaucho. Danced solely by men, the Malambo began in the 17th century as competitive duels that would challenge skills of agility, strength, dexterity and zapeteo (the fast paced footwork inspired by rhythm of galloping horses). With precision footwork, drumming of the bombos, singing and whirling boleadoras (lassos with stones on the end), this powerhouse, all-male company of 14 gauchos brings the fiery Malambo traditions and virtuosic dancing to the Mahalia Jackson Theater for an exciting show that is perfect for the entire family.

NOBA season ticket buyers save up to 20 percent off the single ticket price by purchasing a season ticket package. The Grand Plus Series package of all five events ranges from $121 to $457. The Grand Series package, which includes all four performances at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, ranges from $84 to $441. The flexible Build-a-Series package allows season ticket holders to design their own season package and starts at $63. Discounts are also available for students with a valid ID.  Single ticket prices for Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Che Malambo are $24-$129. The single ticket price for Malpaso Dance Company is $50.

Season packages are currently on sale, and single tickets for NOBA events go on sale September 8. For more information on the upcoming season or to purchase season tickets, call NOBA at 504-522-0996, Ext. 201, or visit the website. Single tickets may also be purchased through Ticketmaster or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
 
Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour – Saturday, October 24, 8 pm at the Mahalia Jackson Theater

Dance Theatre of Harlem – Saturday, November 21, 8 pm at the Mahalia Jackson Theater

Malpaso Dance Company –  Friday and Saturday, March 11 & 12 at 8 pm and Sunday, March 13 at 2 pm at NOCCA’s Freda Lupin Memorial Hall (Co-presented with The NOCCA Institute)

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago – Saturday, April 2, 8 pm at the Mahalia Jackson Theater

Che Malambo – Saturday, May 7, 8 pm at the Mahalia Jackson Theater
 
About the New Orleans Ballet Association
NOBA is the Central Gulf region’s premiere presenting and service organization dedicated solely to the art of dance.  NOBA’s dynamic Main Stage season annually features a diverse array of world-class companies and artists.  Each year NOBA provides concerts, classes, workshops and lectures to more than 30,000 area dance enthusiasts of all ages.  In addition, NOBA’s nationally recognized award-winning education programs provide the youth of our community access to quality arts programs with over 5,500 free dance classes and workshops annually at ten sites throughout the Greater New Orleans area. 

NOBA is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the NEA, a Federal agency; a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans and administered by the Arts Council New Orleans (ACNO); and a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered through ACNO.  Che Malambo is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the NEA and the Louisiana Division of the Arts. The presentation of Twyla Tharp was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the NEA.
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