Free UTEP Performance Will Blend Bhutanese and Western Musical Traditions

The El Paso community is invited to take part in an entirely new, free musical and dance experience that blends the culture of the Land of the Thunder Dragon with traditional Western music at The University of Texas at El Paso.

The free, one-time event at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 5 p.m.

The performance is recommended for all ages. No tickets are required. For more information, visit

UTEP will present an evening that fuses Bhutanese music and dance with Western cultural elements. This program made its world premiere in Thimphu, Bhutan, Oct. 12, 2013, and was the first of its kind ever performed in the tiny Himalayan kingdom nestled between India and China. As part of UTEP’s Centennial Celebration in 2014, Bhutanese dancers and musicians will join world-renowned singers and a chorus and orchestra made up of UTEP students and faculty for the production’s U.S. premiere.

For media interviews and photo opportunities during the week leading up to the performance, please see the schedule below.



3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Bhutanese performance and talk with students from Father Yermo High School, La Fe Preparatory School, Lydia Patterson Institute and other schools in the area at La Fe Preparatory School, 616 E. Father Rahm Ave.

  • Dancers will be available for interviews after the performance.


7 – 10 p.m.

Rehearsal at the Don Haskins Center with the chorus and Bhutanese dancers

  • The chorus includes UTEP students and faculty
  • Performers will be available for interviews after rehearsal.


5 p.m.

Bhutanese performance at the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall for local dance groups


9 a.m.

Bhutanese performance at Hornedo Middle School

  • Dancers will be available for interviews after the performance.


7 – 10 p.m. dress rehearsal at the Don Haskins Center

  • Performers will be available for interviews after the dress rehearsal.


6 p.m.

Performance at the Don Haskins Center

  • Media will not have access to backstage area.
  • Media will not be allowed on stage during the performance.
  • Please enter the Don Haskins Center through the east entrance.
  • Elizabeth Ashby, public affairs specialist, will help media with video and interview opportunities.