La Mezcla’s groundbreaking performance opens the 2022-2023 season of the Performing Arts Series

In its 62nd season, the Performing Arts Series at the School of the Arts at the University of Nevada, Reno, presents a refreshingly unexpected lineup of celebrated artists. The five featured performances celebrate exceptional artistry through untold stories, unconventional performance styles, and unexpected instrumentation that inspire, uplift, and promote cross-cultural understanding.

“Recent years have emphasized the important role that the performing arts play in our daily lives,” said Shoshana Zeldner, program manager at the School of the Arts. “Through thoughtful choreography, arrangements and presentations, this year’s season reminds us that the world we live in is both exquisite and imperfect, and that there is still work to be done to build a more just future for all.”

Planned with this juxtaposition in mind, this season’s unique line-up includes a multimedia extravaganza highlighting zapateado and tap dancing; a comedic chamber music extravaganza; a soulful beatbox virtuoso; a sublime singing showcase; and a koto violin percussion instrumental affair.

“Through extraordinary artistry, this year’s artists explore those delicate fault lines that make us human,” said Zeldner. “When that kind of honesty and artistry come together, it has the potential to transform hearts and minds, initiate dialogue and positively transform our community.”

On Thursday, September 15, the season kicks off with an unforgettable performance by San Francisco polyrhythmic dance and music ensemble La Mezcla at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater. La Mezcla will present Pachuquísmo, a multidisciplinary performance depicting the lesser-known story of the female experience during the Zoot Suit Riot era of the 1940s through tap dancing, live jazz music, Mexican zapateado and traditional son jarocho. Featuring a nine-person all-female cast dressed in full zoot suits, the performance challenges gender roles and explores history, culture and rhythm through the lens of Mexican-American Pachucas.

A pre-performance celebration begins at 6:00 p.m. with lowriders on display, music and food and drink from La Favorita, Pelon Micheladas and Rin Tin Taps. La Mezcla will take the stage at 7:30pm under the stars.

La Mezcla will be a guest at the Performing Arts Series for a full week, offering a free and open-to-the-public event in addition to the paid public performance. On Tuesday, September 13th, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., Vanessa Sanchez, creator, director and choreographer of La Mezcla, will lead a dynamic presentation that tells the history of the Pachucas, the dance that represents the practices of La Mezcla shaped and covered the intersectionality of their lineages and rhythmic traditions. This event is co-hosted with the Department of History and will be held in the Hall Recital Hall in the University Foundation Arts Building. It’s free and open to the public.

The season continues on Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. with acclaimed koto player Yumi Kurosawa alongside violin and drums at the Nightingale Concert Hall at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Seasonal, Fall, and Spring Performing Arts Series subscriptions and individual tickets are available now online, by calling the Lawlor Events Center (775-784-4444), or in person at the Lawlor Events Center box office (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m p.m., Monday through Friday, 1500 N. Virginia St. Reno, lower entrance).

Seasonal subscribers get tickets to all five performances, save 12%, get top-of-the-house seats and access to subscriber-only events. Season tickets are $158 (Adult), $150 (Senior/UNR Faculty and Staff), and $70 (Youth). Fall subscriptions (3 performances) are $100 (adult), $95 (senior/UNR faculty and staff) and $45 (juvenile) and spring subscriptions (2 performances) are $67 (adult), $63 (senior/UNR faculty and employees) and $30 (youth).

Individual tickets to Pachuquísmo are $20-$36 (adults), $5-$16 (youth), and $5 (University of Nevada, Reno students). University student tickets must be purchased in person at the Lawlor Events Center or at the box office on the night of the show (at the venue, opens one hour before the performance).

In addition to the Performing Arts Series, the University of Nevada, Reno School of the Arts presents the Reno Jazz Festival and Lake Tahoe Music Camp, as well as class performances, productions, and exhibitions in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts. Home to nationally and internationally recognized artists and scholars, the school provides transformative education to thousands of students and community members each year.

The Performing Arts Series is funded in part 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; the National Endowment for the Arts; a federal agency; the Nevada Arts Council; a government agency; the City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission; the Associated Students of the University of Nevada and the Graduate Student Association. Contributions in kind will be provided by CLM Design, Advertising and Interactive.

For more information about the School of the Arts, visit the School of the Arts website, call 775-784-4278, or email [email protected] Event information, news and photos are also available by following the School of the Arts Instagram page, School of the Arts Twitter page and School of the Arts Facebook page.

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