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National Hispanic Cultural Center’s performing arts season runs the gamut

Contra-Tiempo will perform as part of the NHCC’s performing arts series. The group will perform on Nov. 4.

Contra-Tiempo will perform as part of the NHCC’s performing arts series. The group will perform on Nov. 4.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The National Hispanic Cultural Center has a calendar chock-full of performing arts this season.

And the new season starts soon.

“We are bringing a lot of our popular programming and focusing in on developing audiences with some contemporary transformations,” says Rebecca Avitia, NHCC executive director.

The third season of “Siembra” will open on Sept. 29 with “Woman on Fire.”

“Siembra” is the Latin theater season that the NHCC has cultivated for the past three years.

“We are pushing the boundaries on what is ‘Latino,’ ” Avitia says. “It’s intentional, and we want to support traditional works. At the same time, we want to push the spectrum and make sure that we aren’t limiting the Latino voice. We’re excited to be in our third season of ‘Siembra.’ It’s done so well.”

Avitia says the theater presentations aim to promote community conversations.

“The really rewarding part is when we have trouble adding plays because so many actors and actresses are working,” she says. “That’s really exciting and creating a demand for Latino actors.”

Avitia says the NHCC is trying to keep the shows accessible to the community, which is why Thursday night shows are less expensive.

“The whole point is to have a community dialog,” she says. “We’re trying to do longer runs as well.”

And the NHCC is ramping up its Latin Diva Series this season.

“We want to include Latinas and have them in lead roles,” she says. “The women featured in the music series are incredible.”

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