In another clever move to use the currently empty Bass Concert Hall at the University of Texas, the vast stage will turn into an exhibition space for 12 historic — and enormous — hand-painted film backdrops.
The Year of Living Separately
Texas Performing Arts partnered with Fusebox Festival to create a new production residency program that gave financial and practical assistance to locally-based performing artists. Such an initiative represented something beyond badly needed immediate and direct support for Austin dance-makers and theater-makers.
'We Could Make Bigger And Better Things': Texas Performing Arts And Fusebox Offer Artist Residencies
This year, Texas Performing Arts partnered with Fusebox Festival to create a new production residency program that aims to give financial and practical assistance to local preforming artists. Bob Bursey, the executive director of Texas Performing Arts, says the idea was both idealistic and pragmatic.
Line Upon Line Percussion returns to UT for a socially distant live concert
On Dec. 17 and 18, Line Upon Line will perform in the new Texas Big Top, a tented outdoor temporary venue set up on the plaza of the Bass Concert Hall.
Frank Wo / Men Collective's Virtual Show Offers a Warped Sense of Control
In K ! :D D: Ö, you get to not only watch these kinetic provocateurs move through virtual environments, but also influence their actions
Charles O. Anderson's New Black Lives Matter–Inspired Work Is Required Viewing in 2020
After the March lockdown, Charles O. Anderson only spent a moment mourning the canceled tour of his most recent opus, (Re)current Unrest, before creating a digital version. The digital iteration launched the Texas Performing Arts season in October.
Music in the Morning
The Brannen Temple ElecTriO with Bobby Sparks and James Robinson perform on Fox 7's Good Day Austin.
REVIEW: Virtual Broadway: Patti LuPone Takes the Stage
The lights may be off on Broadway this year, but that hasn’t stopped Patti LuPone from taking to the stage in a new virtual format.
Revealed: The Secret Sauce of Hollywood’s Original Blockbusters
Just how did the great Hollywood studios make doorbusting blockbuster movies back before CGI, drones and other modern day techno wizardry? All is revealed in a first-time collaboration between San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum and Texas Performing Arts as they debut six rare hand-painted, sound-stage backdrops from one of Hollywood’s legendary filmmakers, Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) Studios.
For His Dance (Re)current Unrest, Charles O. Anderson Keeps Moving
Through the pandemic and other obstacles, the choreographer and UT teacher continues to adapt
IN PROCESS: Charles O. Anderson on (Re)Staging (Re)Current Unrest
Charles O. Anderson spoke to Fusebox Co-Artistic Director Anna Gallagher-Ross about (Re)Current Unrest back in 2017, and in this 2020 interview they revisit their conversation from three years prior, and discuss what it means to reimagine this important work right during what has been called the largest civil rights movement in history.
‘American Dreams’ Review: In this Game, Citizenship is the Prize
Read The New York Times review of Texas Performing Arts' October 3rd virtual event.
Patti LuPone and Vanessa Williams set to make Austin’s Broadway dreams come true
Even during a pandemic, Texas Performing Arts is bringing the Great White Way to Austin.
UT Austin and San Antonio museum lift curtain on glamorous new Hollywood exhibit
For the first time ever, the McNay Art Museum and the University of Texas at Austin will cross their respective city limits to create Hollywood’s Sistine Chapel: Sacred Sets for Stage & Screen, on display now at the San Antonio museum.
Texas Performing Arts and Fusebox Make Space to Create
The two organizations partner on a residency program to support Austin artists making adventurous new work
This is not a normal Austin fall arts season guide (and there’s more to come)
Some local arts groups have announced complex plans for a virtual fall season.
Contra-Tiempo founder brings Austin joy through virtual family dance class
Ana Maria Alvarez, the founder of the Los Angeles-based Contra-Tiempo dance company, will be hosting a virtual class for Austin families Aug. 22.
Building a Bridge with Robots
This fall, UT students working in TPA’s Scenic Studio will design and build robots for short online performances created in a virtual collaboration with students from at Austin’s Metz and Sanchez Elementary Schools.
‘Hamilton’ star Christopher Jackson to perform livestream show Saturday
The show, which will feature Jackson performing with a live band at New World Stages in NYC, includes “a little bit of ‘In the Heights,’ a little bit ‘Hamilton’ and what I think is going to be a really beautiful tribute to one of my one of my idols, Harry Belafonte,” he said.
In The News
TPA Executive Director Bob Bursey appeared on FOX 7’s Good Day Austin this week to discuss Christopher Jackson’s upcoming concert and when Broadway will be back.