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Respect for the traditions of the past and appreciation for the cutting edge are evident in the New Orleans Ballet Association's venue. Classics such as Alice in Wonderland and Swan Lake share a season with modern works including a multi-media piece Still/Here by Bill T. Jones. Regular performances include the Paul Taylor Pace Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. All performances are held at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre of the Performing Arts in Louis Armstrong Park. After each performance, artistic directors and company members discuss their work with audience members. This is a worth while experience!
Built in 1927 by Julian Saenger, Saenger Theatre has weathered through years in the Crescent City until Hurricane Katrina hit. Sustaining major damage, the theater went through a renovation in 2011. Reopening its doors in 2013, the theater has revitalized Canal Street and welcomed artists and Broadway shows like John Legend and Mama Mia. The interiors mimic a 15th-century Italian courtyard with columns, decorative moldings, and twinkling starlit ceiling.
Built in 1789, Petit Theatre underwent major reconstruction work in 1960. Since 1916, it has been home to a community theater group that produces many plays each season, including several children's plays. It receives annual national attention as the home of the Tennessee Williams Festival. Admission by ticket during theater season, which runs from September-June.
A success story of sorts, Tipitina's began as a simple juke joint and has since flourished into a popular music club with multiple outlets in New Orleans. The ardent fans of celebrated blues singer Professor Longhair would once come just to watch him perform. Today, Tipitina’s is an established music venue with a capacity of almost 1000 and stages concerts throughout the year. In past, the likes of Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kermit Ruffins, Tim McGraw, Goo Goo Dolls, and Widespread Panic have performed here.
NOCCA is a regional performing center that teaches dance, media arts, music, theater and creative writing. So, if you are looking at taking up such courses, then your search ends here. Known for excellence in imparting educative learning, NOCCA has carved a niche for itself and has earned acclaim around the city. To know more about this center, please check the website.
The Historic Carver Theater is a landmark on the NoLa cultural scene. It is named after renowned scientist George Washington Carver and features on the National Register of Historic Places. With state-of-the-art facilities and varying capacities, this versatile 16,000 square-foot (1486 square-meter) venue is ideal for hosting private and public events. From live music concerts, stage productions, musicals and dance recitals, to corporate and social functions, guests are guaranteed hospitality and entertainment.
Ashe Cultural Arts Center works towards the dissemination of arts in the community through art presentation, production, encouraging artists and so on. This center is a creation of a non-profit organization that caters to doing social work. Events here include art exhibitions, music and dance shows and performances by the Southern Repertory Theatre. The center provides creative space and freedom for emerging artists and helps them in art productions and collaborations. Post Hurricane Katrina, the center has worked even more for the welfare of the community.
The amphitheater at Mandeville is a venue for local events. It is the perfect entertainment venue for everyone. An open-air theater it hosts concerts and performances. If you are in this area then do not forget to catch a show here.
Completely revamped and refurbished, the Joy Theater is all geared up to entertain the art enthusiasts of New Orleans. The upgraded facilities and improved lighting and acoustics equipment, further enhance the experience. Concerts, dance performances, movies, theater, private events and host of other functions are held here. With a capacity of 900 guests (including balcony-250 seats), space is certainly not a constraint here. And, though food and drinks are not served for each and every show, few exceptions are made for certain events.
This modern art exhibit center, located in a renovated warehouse, is the heart of the New Orleans' art community. The Contemporary Arts Center offers a series of seasonally rotating exhibitions, classes, lectures, performances, screenings, and concerts every year. The exhibits waver between traditional and alternative art forms with works from both local and national artists. The center also serves gourmet coffees and specialty wines as well as a variety of pastries and sandwiches.
There's something for all art lovers at Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Whether you enjoy the high notes of an opera singer or the grace of a ballet dancer, this theater has something to offer you. The best of Broadway, as well as, several musicals are also presented here. So step into Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts to enjoy the best of art.