Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America

Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America Artist Roster

Booking has ended for 2017-2018 Tours
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 will provide 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, 2017 and June 30, 2018.  Sign up for our newsletter to be contacted directly when the roster is released each year.

For program details, please see the 2017-2018 program booking guidelines.

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


Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo (Venezuela)


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Bringing passion and color through traditional rhythms and dances, Betsayda Machada and La Parranda El Clavo—her village’s own multi-generational band—invite audiences to discover, indulge, and celebrate the contagious beats of Afro Venezuelan soul. The energizing percussion and voice ensemble presents an engaging repertoire cultivated through centuries of African tradition and musical influence in Venezuela. Coming off a successful Canadian tour, the ensemble will showcase in New York City at globalFEST on January 8, 2017 at Webster Hall and at Joe’s Pub on January 12, 2017. The traveling company includes 9-12 individuals.

For booking, contact: Juan Souki | |

Daymé Arocena (Cuba)



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Blessed with an exceptional voice, Daymé Arocena boasts an impressive vocal range and tremendous scat technique. She is a standout performer, with a musical style rooted in jazz, bebop, and Afro Cuban traditions, as well as urban and electronic rhythms. Her debut album, NUEVA ERA, captured the attention of an international audience as well as critics in Europe and the USA and was named one of the best albums of 2015 by NPR. Crediting Ella Fitzgerald as an influence, Daymé Arocena blends classic soul and soul jazz standards with Cuban musical styles, for a spellbinding, multilingual homage to her Cuban roots. Since the release of her 2015 album, Daymé has toured England, France, Spain, Turkey, Italy, The Netherlands, Montenegro, Belgium, and Scotland. Daymé will showcase in New York City at the Winter Jazz Festival on January 6, 2017 and at the Summer Stage and Twilights Concerts Preview Showcase at the Highline Ballroom on January 5, 2017.   The traveling company includes 6 individuals. Photo by Casey Moore.

For booking, contact: Scott Southard | |

Joan Soriano (The Dominican Republic)


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Born in the countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano fashioned his first guitar from fishing line and a discarded metal box. At age 13, he hitched a ride to Santo Domingo and went on to work with some of the island’s greatest bachata stars. Today, he is an internationally touring bachata artist. This African and Spanish-based soul music –or “Dominican Blues,” is infused with equal parts romance and grit.  Joan is the star of Adam Taub’s “The Duke of Bachata”, was featured in Alex Wolfe’s documentary Santo Domingo Blues, and is on The Rough Guide’s Bachata compilation. His 2010 album, El Duque De La Bachata, spent several weeks on the Billboard Top 10 Tropical Album Chart and won best World Beat Album from the Indie Acoustic project. His albums have seen rotation on over 100 US radio stations and have been featured nationwide in All Things Considered, PBS Musicology, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post among others. Joan’s appearances include the Forde Festival, Rio Loco Festival, Amsterdam Tropentheater, and the Swedish Bachata Festival. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, The Reno Bachata Festival, Chicago’s Millennium Stage, and the Houston International Festival. In concert, he is accompanied by a six-piece ensemble that features guitars, bass, and Latin percussion. Joan’s new album, a collaboration with Haitian musicians entitled Bachata Haiti, will be released in the spring of 2017. The traveling company includes 7 individuals.

For booking, contact: Matt Greenhill | |

The Garifuna Collective ft. Umalali (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras)


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Featuring Garifuna drums, maracas, turtle shells, swaying rhythm guitars, and groovy bass lines, the Garifuna Collective is multi-generational ensemble featuring some of the most accomplished musicians of the Garifuna community. Located on the Caribbean coast of Honduras and other Central American countries, the Garifuna people’s traditions blend elements of West African and Native Caribbean heritage. The showcased group, Umalali—meaning ‘voice’, is a moving ensemble that captures the beauty and power of Garifuna female expression. In concert, The Garifuna Collective combines storytelling with music, dance, and traditional costume.  Involving singers from the Garifuna communities of Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala, Umalali and the Collective aim to maintain the threatened music of the Garifuna community, and allow their traditions to thrive in a modern context. Contact the agent directly to see a full description of artist-involved workshops available. The traveling company includes 9 individuals.

For booking, contact: Alison Loerke | |


DanzAbierta (Cuba)

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Established in 1988, DanzAbierta is the pioneer of contemporary dance in Cuba, now under the Artistic Direction of Choreographer Susana Pous Anadon, and mentored by Guido Gali. Today, DanzAbierta and Susana Pous have renewed the company’s artistic and aesthetic principles, winning numerous awards in Cuba and abroad for choreography and performance in major international festivals including Avignon, Montpellier, Holland Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, The Joyce Theater, Caliendanza, Schirittmacher, Danse Encore, and others. The company has also shared the stage with major international dancers such as Mark Tompkins, David Zambrano, Maureen Fleming, and Jennifer Monson.  Welcome has just been awarded Cuba’s Villanueva Prize for their premiere of Welcome.  Their work Showroom was presented at the Atheneum Theatre in Chicago, the Joyce Theater in New York and at The Light Box in Miami. Both Malson, and the company’s newest piece, Welcome, tour with the support of Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America. The travelling company includes 10 individuals, and the company can perform either or both choreographies for the same engagement.

For booking, contact: Elizabeth Doud | | The tour of DanzAbierta is represented by and supported in part through the National Performance Network and its Performing Americas Program. NPN members and non-member presenters are eligible for support through the Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America program. NPN will pay for all visa petition and application costs for the tour and these costs will not be passed on to tour presenters or the artists.


Trinidad González (Chile)

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Trinidad González founded Teatro en el Blanco in 2004 with playwright/director Guillermo Calderón. The independent Chilean theater company has a strong record of international touring, including performances in the United States (REDCAT, MCA Chicago, FUNDarte, etc.) and in more than 25 countries throughout Latin America, Asia, and Europe.  The current production, Pájaro or ‘Bird’ is written and directed by Ms. González.  Late into the evening, a group of friends chat and drink wine, mocking one another and exchanging playful banter when one friend leaves to take the garbage out and returns with a stranger she found sleeping in a ditch. The newcomer refers to himself not as a man, but as a bird.  The group receives him warmly but soon becomes uncomfortable, harassed by the peculiarity of his presence.  The social climate becomes increasingly violent, in a manner that feels underhanded and deliberate. With sparse, but welcoming staging, the story is compelling, with quick-witted, humorous dialogue and anchored by powerful performances. This company has developed a method of creation in which their plays are shaped directly by the circumstances of collaborative theatre making, with productions developing and evolving organically, rooted in the text and given room to grow. The strength of this work is in its ability to engage audiences by way of narrative hooks presented as exquisitely alluring details, and by keeping the audience connected at all times to the company’s own psychological process of creation. Recommended for audiences over 16 years of age. Pájaro is 1 hour and 30 minutes without an intermission and can be performed with surtitles. The travelling company includes 6 individuals. Photo by Matias Delacroix/Agenciauno.

For booking, contact: Elizabeth Doud | | The tour of Pájaro is represented by and supported in part through the National Performance Network and its Performing Americas Program. NPN members and non-member presenters are eligible for support through the Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America program. NPN will pay for all visa petition and application costs for the tour and these costs will not be passed on to tour presenters or the artists.

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