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February 2021


February 24, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Pennsylvania Ballet/Philadelphia Latino Film Festival Celebration of dance, cinema, and Brazilian culture February 24, 2021, 7 pm – Livestream  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 Featuring 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 TICKETS Make it Brazilian Night at Home! Enjoy authentic…

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March 2021


March 11, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Brazilian Jazz: Bossa Nova and Samba  Esperanza Arts Center presents Philadelphia’s own Minas as part of Voces 2021 featuring live-streamed 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,…

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May 2021

Forrópera Experiência

May 7, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

Esperanza Arts Center presents a special live-streamed staged world premiere in partnership with Astral Artists featuring Brazilian Forró music, opera, dance, and storytelling traditions, as part of Voces 2021. Building on the sound of Forrópera, co-created by Chrystal E. Williams and Felipe Hostins, Forrópera Experiência features Chrystal E. Williams (mezzo-soprano) and Forró musicians Gabe Hall Rodrigues (accordion), Davi Vieira (zabumba), and the Esperanza Academy Dance Ensemble. This unique production culminates a season-long residency, with performances of original stageworks created and…

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June 2021


June 23, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Orchestra 2001 returns to Teatro Esperanza as part of Esperanza Arts Center’s Voces series, featuring live-streamed 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.

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July 2021


July 28, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Teatro Esperanza, 4261 N 5th Street
Philadephia, PA 19140 United States
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Harold Guerra and Elena Witt are worship leaders and songwriters whose songs reflect their desire to experience God’s presence personally and see Him move in the local church. Join Harold and Elena for their only Summer Tour Show in Philadelphia at Teatro Esperanza for a memorable evening of music and prayer. Their first project as a duo entitled “Desciende Aquí”, as well as their participation in the album “Jesus Salva” alongside some of the most prominent Spanish Christian worship leaders,…

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September 2021


September 15, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Feos Teatro y su Doble September 15   The result is simply masterful. A major work of art with just the right amount of everything, brimming with transparent beauty, sensitivity and emotion and resonating deeply with the audience. –El Mercurio   A man and woman meet for the first time in the line at the movie theater. Both have visible physical deformities, are alone and have lived their whole lives being stared at. Inevitably, they realize they have something in…

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Sofía Viola

September 22, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Sofía Viola Sofia Viola takes us into her home in Buenos Aires for an intimate acoustic set that highlights the strength of her voice and the brilliance and honesty of her songwriting. Embracing her guitar and her charangón, Viola’s songs drift from tango to vibrations of the Andes, from milonga to happy cumbia, from rock to vallenato, and from chamamé to blues.   She composes songs in which she professes her unconditional love for Latin American folklore in all its…

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Luna de Cuernos

September 29, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Luna de Cuernos … vibrant, full of expression, humor, and mystery … a cohesive artistic product and transformative concert experience. –ChicagoMusic.org   Luna de Cuernos is a modern interpretation of a Puerto Rican folktale inspired by the true stories of Chicagoans and told through music for woodwind quintet and stunning illustrations by Sarah Becan. It’s the story of a tight-knit group of friends and family under threat, and the risks they will take to defend the garden that is their community’s source…

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October 2021


October 6, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Minas maintains its cool, even at its most racing tempos; always urbane, sophisticated, and contemporary.        –City Paper 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…

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Calpulli Dance

October 13, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Calpulli Dance This terrific company of warm, generous dancers and a mostly female band gave a quick, vibrant tour of Mexican traditions – from Yucatán, Oaxaca, Jalisco – with eye-popping costumes for every stop. The finale with flying machetes was something to see.  — The New York Times Calpulli Mexican Dance Company’s repertoire is a carnival of folkloric traditions and original creations both choreographic and musical developed since 2003.  Artistic Director & Co-Founder Alberto Lopez Herrera tells narrative-based stories entirely through…

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