Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America

Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America Artist Roster

The roster for 2018-2019 tours is here!
Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America is a national initiative that provides support for the presentation of exemplary performing artists from Latin America in communities across the United States.  The program provides fee support grants to arts presenters located anywhere in the United States and its territories that book artists from the curated roster for engagements taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.  Sign up for our newsletter to receive program updates.

Presenters interested in Southern Exposure grants should read the program booking guidelines for 2018-2019 tours. After selecting the artist(s) you are interested in booking, please contact their respective agent directly.

Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America is a partnership program between Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Music_ExplosionNegra57692__mg_0345Explosión Negra (Colombia)

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Hailing from the Chocó region on the Pacific Coast of Colombia, Explosión Negra fuses African rhythms with native Colombian sounds and a modern twist. By combining the African styles of bunde, flageolet and currulao with Colombian genres of cumbia and bullerengue in addition to hip hop, dancehall, reggae, and other modern influences, Explosión Negra represents the modern evolution of Colombia as well as its rich musical heritage. Their latest album, “Levántate” (“Stand Up”) was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of Best Tropical Fusion. Explosión Negra’s performances invite introspection and curiosity in afrocolombian culture by spreading their contagious joy for their land and its people. They encourage audiences to move, dance and participate in their colorful and lively performances. Due to their belief that the best way of understanding a culture is through its celebration and dance, Explosión Negra has hosted many workshops on afrocolombian dance, culture, and music. They are committed to social work through dance and promoting a balanced, healthy life. By combining their musical roots and youth culture, Explosión Negra is able to reach a broad audience with their message of love for their culture and life.

For booking, contact: Bill Smith, Riot Artists |

Music_patronal 5La Patronal (Peru)


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Rooted in the tradition of ‘fiestas populares’ or town fairs common in rural villages across Latin America, La Patronal honors these gatherings, which celebrate tradition through fireworks, dancing, and religious images. La Patronal members are direct descendants of rural musicians from Peru, and use this knowledge of folk culture in combination with their formal music studies to preserve their heritage while also bringing it to the present. Their lively performances encourage audience participation and dancing with contagious percussion and vibrant brass and winds. La Patronal brings their performances to life through the incorporation of visual aspects of ‘fiestas populares’, including masks and traditional dance. Their music is perfect for festivals or other highly interactive events.

For booking, contact: Juan Souki, Odelia |

Music_Rio Mira Photo by Miguel AlvearRío Mira (Ecuador)


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Named for the river dividing their respective countries, Río Mira brings together the Colombian musician Esteban Copete and Ecuadorian musician Karla Kanora and additional master folkloric musicians from the region. As an ensemble, Río Mira’s cultural identity is rooted in the Pacific Coast of Ecuador and Colombia, with the marimba playing a unifying role in the ensemble’s sound. The marimba music of Colombia and Ecuador was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2015 and this group aims to preserve this cultural treasure. Esteban Copete, the main marimba player is the grandson of Petronio Alvarez and Larri Preciado, both masters of the marimba tradition. This bi-national group specializes in crafting contemporary music with traditional sounds that date back hundreds of years. Their electro-cumbia sound is founded on the mastery and artistry of great musicians and producers from Ecuador and Colombia.

For booking, contact: Juan Souki, Odelia |


THTR_LolaMinefield-Marcelo-Vallejo-Lou-Armour-Ruben-Francisco-Otero-Gabriel-Sagastume-and-Lou-Armour-image-Tristram-Kenton-1024x765-700x455Lola Arias (Argentina)
Touring: “Campo Minado” (“Minefield”)

Production’s U.S. Debut

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Celebrated Argentinian theatre director, writer, songwriter and performer Lola Arias’ cross-disciplinary collaborations have resulted in an intriguing, socially conscious body of work that carefully navigates the bridge between reality and fiction. Arias’ plays are known for featuring actors who have lived the stories they retell on stage, lending an intimate, profoundly personal credibility to the topics explored. “Minefield” brings together actual British and Argentinian veterans of the Falkland/Malvinas War to share their own first-hand experiences of the conflict and life since. Rich with live-action projections, and told in both Spanish and English, the piece is staged on a film set that also serves as a time machine, where those who fought are teleported into the past to reconstruct their memories of the war and aftermath. While each actor played a different role in the war and eventually took on distinct roles in life, the only thing they have in common now is the shared label ‘veteran.’ But what is a veteran; a survivor, a hero, a madman? The project eloquently confronts different visions of war bringing together old enemies to tell one single story. This relatable production has toured to prestigious international theatre festivals and venues in England, Germany, Greece, Argentina, Chile, France, Portugal, and Scotland. As the cast delivers dialogue in both Spanish and English, surtitles for each language are alternated throughout, making the piece highly accessible for both mono and multilingual audiences.

For booking, contact: Ronee Penoi, Octopus Theatricals |

THTR_ManuelEstado Vegetal 1 %28junio%29Manuela Infante (Chile)
Touring: “Estado Vegetal” (“Vegetative State”)

Production’s U.S. Debut

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Manuela Infante is a renowned Chilean playwright, director, writer and musician and is arguably one of the most prolific and interesting voices in contemporary theater in Chile and Latin America. Between 2001 and 2016 she worked as a playwright and director of the highly regarded Teatro de Chile. Outside of Chile, her work has been presented in Holland, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, and the United States, including “On the Beach,” curated by Robert Wilson and premiered at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York following an artistic residence at The Watermill Center. Infante’s most recent piece, “Estado Vegetal” or “Vegetative State” is a riveting one-woman show based on the revolutionary thinking of plant philosopher Michael Marder and plant neurologist Stefano Mancuso. “Vegetative State” probes the ways in which new concepts such as plant intelligence, vegetative soul, or plant communication can change human perspectives. In Michael Marder’s words, “recognizing a ‘valid other’ in plants is also beginning to recognize that vegetative other within us.” “Vegetative State” dances tirelessly around an impossible dialogue, that of humans and plants. This failed dialogue with nature has perhaps become our most innate monologue. “Vegetative State” has toured to Spain, Singapore and Switzerland and is performed with English surtitles.

For booking, contact: Yolanda Cesta Cursach

Southern Exposure Upcoming Events

  • Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo, Venezuela Latino Arts Milwaukee, WI
    March 21, 2018 - March 23, 2018
  • DanzAbierta, Cuba Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA
    March 22, 2018 - March 23, 2018
  • Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo, Venezuela Koubek Center Miami, FL
    April 20, 2018 - April 21, 2018
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