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    They were meant to guide us and keep us on the straight and narrow. But many of the saccharin, Disney-esque stories we know today started as grim reminders of what happens when naiveté meets wickedness, and the balance between good and evil is in question. In this new, full-length work, commissioned by the Butler New Choreography Endowment and funded in part by a gift from Dr. Beverly Dale, Artistic Director Stephen Mills delves into the underbelly of some of your favorite fairytales and shows you the real beauty of the lessons they impart. Inspired by the visual art of Natalie Frank, the world premiere of Grimm Tales will leave you unsettled, unafraid, and undeniably hungry for more.

      ” On a mission to foster creative liberation and the love of fate, Enchantments presents the first Wizards’ Exposé – Ritual Art Showcase & Costume Gala. A sacred container for our community of weird wizards, clown-priests, freak-charmers, queer-bombers, love-bugs, poetic-waxers, and the like, to practice intentional psycho-magic ritual-performance art.


      WHAT TO EXPECT
      – A variety show style showcase of ritual performance art
      – An incredible dance party with DJ Manny
      – Ritual Chaos Magic Workshop with Raby
      – The opportunity to be selected to perform in a psychedelic fashion show
      – VIP perks like performative massage, cocktail service and a balcony view of the show, should you choose the VIP ticket option
      – Ecstatic Dance with Fracassi Firefly
      – Magical vendors, creatures, installation AND MORE!”
      https://www.facebook.com/events/353213985410124/
      https://enchantmentsmagazine.com/market/admission-wizards-expose

        On Saturday, December 15, Red Bull Music teams up with Austin-based collectives Unbounded and Thank You For Sweating to transform a downtown Austin venue into an all-night party. *Red Bull Music Presents: Equal Axis *is a one-of-a-kind, multi-sensory experience focused on elevating and celebrating the city’s queer community. Three-dimensional art installations and striking projections provide the backdrop for a robust line-up of DJs and performances by Austin-area dancers, drag queens and aerialists.

        Connecting the crowd through sound are musical performances by Austin-based DJs and producers JEVA, Thank You For Sweating, and Wet Male, alongside San Antonio-based House of Kenzo and British-Japanese DJ/producer Maya Jane Coles who makes her Texas debut.

        Austin-based performance artists include aerialists and contortionists Caty Mae and Sarah Sparkles; dancers and genderqueer personalities Josue Allen Hart and Purple Matter; and drag queens Belladonna, Leia Sakura, Ruby Knight and Tatiana Cholula.

        Local artists and collectives Daigon Digital, the Hyperreal Film Club, Perpetual Design and Suzanne Wyss transform the venue into an immersive environment.

          Your favorite way to celebrate the season returns for its 56th year! Ballet Austin’s annual production of The Nutcracker never disappoints, with hundreds of dancers, beautiful sets and costumes, and Tchaikovsky’s delicious score performed live by the Austin Symphony Orchestra. From a festive holiday party to an exotic court of sweets, watch as our young heroine, Clara, faces her fears, rescues her prince, and dreams big during the journey of a lifetime! Make memories to last a lifetime when you share this special holiday tradition with family and friends!

            Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre and multimedia artist Yuliya Lanina are premiering new, innovative and multimedia performances of live music, dance, Soundpainting and animatronic sculpture with “Locked-in” and “This is a Test of the Internal Emergency Broadcast.” Both performances will run June 21 through June 24 at the Museum of Human Achievement (located behind Canopy Austin on Springdale Road).

            “Locked-in” explores our relationship to our devices, and how they have changed, advanced and altered our world and our lives. Directed by award-winning choreographer Andrea Ariel, the new performance combines choreographed dance and live compositions of directed improvisations with original music composed by Andy Nolte.

            The show opens with artist Yuliya Lanina’s premiere of “This is a Test of the Internal Emergency Broadcast System,” a 20-minute multimedia performance. Lanina’s animations, sculptures and live movement will be accompanied by original music by Vladimir Rannev, an award-winning Russian avant-garde composer. It explores the mechanized nature of human life and its state of perpetual unrest, all the while poking fun at our fascination with the dark and animalistic parts of the human psyche.

            8 p.m. on June 21-23. Gallery opens at 6 p.m. on June 21 & 7:30 p.m. on June 22 & 23

            5 p.m. on June 24. Gallery opens at 4:30 p.m.

            Free Art Gallery Opening and Performance for “This is a Test…” and discounted $10 tickets for Locked-in on Thursday, June 21 only. Available at the door (cash/credit card).

              Join Ley Line and local artists on a musical journey around the world! Come prepared to sing, dance, create, learn, listen and play instruments as we explore music, rhythm and movement from Brazil, Latin America, West Africa and the United States!

                On April 28-29, for the first time in Austin, TX, Dance Africa Fest welcomes Brazilian dancer-choreographer Rosangela Silvestre for an in-depth, two-day workshop exploring contemporary Brazilian dance and its African roots.

                Taught by a premier artist of modern-day African-influenced Brazilian dance, this high-energy workshop introduces students to a unique blend of traditional and modern dance techniques, with each class incorporating live drumming performed by some of Austin’s best musicians. This dance workshop series is sure to engage and delight students of all ages and levels!

                Rosangela Silvestre | Salvador Bahia, Brazil. Contemporary Brazilian dancer-choreographer Rosangela Silvestre is recognized for her development of Silvestre Technique, which has been adopted by dance communities in Brazil and the world over. This technique uniquely combines Brazilian Orixa dance movement, North American modern dance techniques like Horton and Graham, and other symbolic elements. She is also renowned for her classes on the Symbology of the Orixas, which focus on the “connections between the rhythms and the traditional movement, archetype, and story of the Orixa dances interpreted as an art form.” (https://www.silvestretraining.com/the-training.html).

                If you’re looking for an authentic slice of Austin, almost completely untouched by the new, surrounding mixed-use buildings and retail stores, look no further than the Broken Spoke.

                An Austin institution since 1964, the current iteration of the honky tonk came together two years later, when, in 1966, owner James White expanded the space to include a now-famous dance floor. It turns out that when White opened the Broken Spoke (named so after the Jimmy Stewart movie Broken Arrow and his kinship with wagon wheels) as a café and pool hall, people kept two-stepping to the country music playing from the jukebox. There was barely any room, so patrons would, according to the stories, dance wherever they could: in-between tables and even out in the parking lot. Sensing he had something big on his hands, White made the Broken Spoke what it is today, what he calls, “the last of the true Texas dance halls.”

                Since then, some of country music’s biggest stars have graced the stage at the Broken Spoke, including Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, George Jones, Bob Wills, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, the Dixie Chicks, and George Strait. Local legends Asleep at the Wheel are regulars at the Broken Spoke to this day. Films such as Wild Texas Nights and Honeysuckle Rose and the television show Friday Night Lights have filmed scenes at the honky tonk. In 2016, a documentary about the historic venue and restaurant, called Honky Tonk Heaven, premiered at SXSW.

                Inside, the checkered tablecloths and neon lights are just as they were 50 years ago, and everyone from city slicker tourists to longtime locals spend their time and money at the Broken Spoke. Tuesday through Saturday, visitors to the 2010 inductee to the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame can dance to live music, gulp down a couple of cold Lone Stars, or sample the Broken Spoke’s famous chicken fried steak. Whatever you do, don’t just stand on the dancefloor.

                Photo by Makenzie Harrison. 

                I absolutely love a good dance show, even though dancing has never been my strong suit. And dance lovers like me are in for a treat tonight and tomorrow because Master of Fine Arts candidates at the University of Texas are putting on a one-of-a-kind show for you.

                It should be pretty cool. These three students all perform a piece using video and sounds to make it more awesome. Dance styles will include some spicy Latin jazz and tango, as well as a really fun contemporary performance.

                This will be a great experience for dance lovers and a great opportunity to see some real talent at no cost!

                When: tonight & tomorrow

                Time: 8 p.m.

                Admission: free & open to the public

                Location:
                University of Texas Campus
                B. Iden Payne Theatre
                (East Mall circle near the intersection of San Jacinto & 23rd Street)

                http://www.finearts.utexas.edu/events/detail.cfm?calset=tad&id=3773