Arts in Context

High-energy Austin dance group brings international flavor to Texas music

High-energy dance group brings international flavor to Texas music

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU's documentary series Arts in Context. This unique series celebrates stories about the arts in Austin and the people who make this such a vibrant and creative city.

The Austin Samba School has created a new twist on the classic Western "horse opera." Fusing Brazilian Carnaval rhythms and dancing with Texas' musical history, the performers of Austin Samba School come from all walks of life and in all sizes, shapes, colors, races, and nationalities. This diversity allows them to take on creative challenges with full force and to create a performance unlike any other — cattle and cowboys, blues and rock, spangles and feathers, glitter and gold, samba and country.

Austin Samba School will perform Texas! A Horse Opera on Saturday, April 2 at Zilker Hillside Theater. Admission is free.

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire, and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique — whether music, arts, or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts in Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit, and Overheard With Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.

KLRU PBS Arts in Context Austin Samba School Texas! A Horse Opera Cielito Lindo 2016
Austin Samba School performing Texas! A Horse Opera. Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV
KLRU PBS Arts in Context Austin Samba School Texas! A Horse Opera Cattle Bateria 2016
This unique show blends samba rhythms with Texas music. Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV
KLRU PBS Arts in Context Austin Samba School Texas! A Horse Opera Cielito Lindo 2016
KLRU PBS Arts in Context Austin Samba School Texas! A Horse Opera Cattle Bateria 2016