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TPA celebrates 40 Years on the Forty Acres with new performance season

Ballet Hispánico in Tiburones by choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Photo by Paula Lobo

TPA celebrates 40 Years on the Forty Acres with new performance season

Sunday, June 27, 2021

After spearheading a $3 million renovation of Austin’s largest theater, Executive and Artistic Director Bob Bursey announces his first curated season of music, dance, theater, and performance for Texas Performing Arts. A dozen live productions will mark its 40th Anniversary season in 2021-2022. The performance lineup includes established and emerging artists, revivals and new works, long-time favorites and first-time visits.

The season brings Austin a survey of current developments and leading voices in the performing arts in America today. Audiences will enjoy some of the highest examples of artistic excellence, join artists as they engage with the past and possibilities of the future, experience interdisciplinary collaborations, and be the first to see new productions.

“The ambitious productions in Texas Performing Arts’ 40th Season move Austin on to the national stage for creative new work” Bursey said. “These visionary artists provide insight and inspiration for rebuilding from the COVID-19 pandemic and unlocking the potential of Texas Performing Arts’ next 40 years.”

40th Season performances will take place in Texas Performing Arts’ newlyrenovated Bass Concert Hall, the McCullough Theater, and at other locations on the University of Texas campus and around Austin.

The 40th Season is one of Texas Performing Arts’ anchor series for 2021- 22. It joins the previously announced Broadway in Austin season, which includes the return of Hamilton, Disney’s The Lion King, and the Austin debuts of Hadestown, Tootsie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, and Mean Girls. Broadway in Austin season subscriptions are currently available at

In addition to the 40th Season and Broadway in Austin, the Texas Welcomes Series hosts events by national touring attractions, concerts, and comedians. A full listing of performances is available at events.

Tickets for 40th Season events taking place in Fall 2021 will go on sale to the public on June 30. Texas Inner Circle members can purchase tickets during an exclusive pre-sale beginning June 22. The ticket on-sale for productions taking place in 2022 will be announced at a later date. Many productions will be staged in intimate settings and capacities will therefore be limited. Extensive health and safety considerations have been made; full information is available at visit/health-safety.

Texas Performing Arts 40th Season At A Glance

The Wooster Group – Texas Debut

THE B-SIDE: “Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons” A Record Album Interpretation

McCullough Theater

September 9-12, 2021

The Wooster Group – New Work In Progress


McCullough Theater

September 20, 2021 work-in-progress showing and discussion

Ballet Hispánico

Noche de Oro: A Celebration of 50 Years

Bass Concert Hall

October 30, 2021

Jason Moran and the Harlem Hellfighters

James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin

McCullough Theater

November 5, 2021

Kronos Quartet

At War With Ourselves – World Premiere

McCullough Theater

November 19-20, 2021

Movement Art Is and Third Coast Percussion


McCullough Theater

December 4, 2021

Bill Morrison and Bill Frisell

The Great Flood

Co-presented with the UT

Visual Art Center

McCullough Theater

January 21-22, 2022

Tina Satter/Half Straddle


Co-presented with Fusebox

McCullough Theater

January 27-30, 2022

Alvin Ailey American

Dance Theater

Bass Concert Hall

March 11-12, 2022

Plastic Bag Store

Blue Genie Art Bazar, 6100

Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

April 1-17, 2022

April 15-17 performances presented as part of Fusebox 2022

Helen Sung with the UT

Jazz Orchestra

April 9, 2022

Bates Recital Hall

Presented with the Butler

School of Music

Nathalie Joachim and Spektral Quartet

Fanm d’Ayiti

Bates Recital Hall

April 22, 2022

Angélique Kidjo

Remain In Light

Bass Concert Hall

May 12, 2022

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