Esperanza Arts Center Presents VOCES

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VOCES presented by Esperanza Arts Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Philadelphia, PA – January 6, 2021. Esperanza Arts Center presents livestreamed performances, screenings, and conversations from Teatro Esperanza spotlighting the arts and traditions of Brazil.


Full Series Subscriptions: $25.00
Single Tickets: $5.00
FREE for Students & Seniors

REGISTRATION LINK: https://esperanza.salsalabs.org/vocesesperanzaartscenter


Afro-Brazilian folkloric music and dance

February 10, 2021, 7 pm – livestream
$5 Livestream Tickets/Online admission (General Public)

To kick-off Voces – spotlighting the arts and traditions of Brazil – Esperanza Arts Center presents a livestreamed celebration of Carnaval with a performance from Teatro Esperanza featuring Ologundê. A live online Q&A and conversation with Dendê Macêdo and the Ologundê ensemble will immediately follow the performance. Ologundê will lead an online workshop with area students as part of their virtual residency at Esperanza Arts Center and a full recording of the livestreamed performance and study guide will be available as VOD for free to area schools the entire season.

Ologundê ensemble celebrates the rich Afro-Brazilian culture of Salvador, Bahia through a diverse repertoire of music, dance and martial arts. Comprised of Brazilians living in the United States and Brazil, the ensemble includes former members of world-renowned music and dance troupes under the direction of master Afro-Brazilian percussionist Dendê Macêdo.

REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.showclix.com/event/ologundeoWN2JXo


Pennsylvania Ballet/Philadelphia Latino Film Festival
Celebration of dance, cinema, and Brazilian culture

February 24, 2021, 7pm – livestream
$5 Livestream Tickets/Online admission

Esperanza Arts Center spotlights Brazilian artists and storytelling through film and dance in a special double-bill presented in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Ballet and Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

Capoeira In Our Lives – film by Patricia Ovando
Pennsylvania Ballet dancers in performance and conversation
Live Out Loud – film directed by Glenn Holsten and produced by Freshfly featuring Pennsylvania Ballet dancers

REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.showclix.com/event/minasown2jxoogbje16zgses2p6oX86ah


Brazilian Jazz: Bossa Nova and Samba

March 10, 2021, 7pm livestream (CONFIRMED)
$5 Livestream Tickets/Online admission

Esperanza Arts Center presents Philadelphia’s own Minas as part of Voces 2021 featuring livestreamed performances that spotlight the arts and culture of Brazil.
Led by Orlando and Patricia Haddad, Minas’ impact on the Philadelphia music and cultural scene has been a constant since 1984, when the couple moved from Rio de Janeiro to The City of Brotherly Love. They introduced Philadelphia audiences to Brazilian Carnaval, founded the city’s first samba drum troupe – Philasamba, and have presented educational programs introducing the music of Brazil in schools for more than half a million children.

REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.showclix.com/event/minasown2jxoogbje16Zgses2p


Conexões – Orchestra 2001
Classical music by Brazilian composers

April 14, 2021, 7pm – livestream
$5 Livestream Tickets/Online admission

Orchestra 2001 returns to Teatro Esperanza as part of Esperanza Arts Center’s Voces series, featuring livestreamed performances that spotlight the arts and traditions of Brazil. Chamber music by Brazilian composers will be the focus of Conexões, including the world premiere of a new work by a Brazilian composer, and music by Philadelphia-based composer Orlando Haddad. A post-performance online audience conversation and Q&A will follow the performance.

REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.showclix.com/event/conexoesown2jxoogbje16Zxu87Yu


Astral Artists

May 7, 2021, 7pm – livestream
$5 Livestream Tickets/Online admission

Esperanza Arts Center presents a special livestreamed staged world premiere in partnership with Astral Artists featuring Brazilian Forró music, dance, and storytelling traditions, as part of Voces 2021.
Led by mezzo-sorprano, Chrystal E. Williams and Forró, accordionist, Felipe Hostins, this unique production culminates a season-long residency, with performances of original stageworks created and performed by Esperanza Academy students, Ms. Williams, and Hostins’ Forró ensemble.

Featured artists will lead virtual residencies with neighborhood schools leading up to each performance.

REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.showclix.com/event/forroperaown2jxoogbje16zO7KHs6

Esperanza Arts Center
Guided by our core values of faith, excellence, and integrity, Esperanza Arts Center (EAC) will touch the lives of and foster positive social change in, the Hunting Park neighborhood and the Latino community through the arts. EAC will be the center for Latino arts and culture in the Philadelphia region – presenting music, dance, theater, cinema, and visual art from Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as a broad spectrum of traditions from around the world.

Esperanza is a national community-based social benefit organization founded in 1986 by the Reverend Luis Cortés Jr., and the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity with the biblical mandate to serve and advocate for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40). Beginning with a local initiative, with programs targeted to address the unmet needs of North Philadelphia’s Hispanic community, Rev. Cortés is now sought by national and international leaders alike on issues of economic and workforce development, housing, immigration, and education. Under his leadership, Esperanza has grown from a small operation to a $52 million organization with more than 500 employees. Visit www.esperanza.us or follow us on social media @esperanza_us on Twitter and Instagram, EsperanzaUSA on Facebook and Esperanza US on YouTube.