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Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

Puebla: The Story of Cinco de Mayo

May 5 – 7, 2024
Annenberg Center
PLA Presents

Children's Festival


It’s an underdog story with impossible odds. In 1862, a small group of soldiers in Puebla, Mexico banded together with everyday citizens to defeat the French army, the strongest military force of the time. Through folkloric and contemporary dance, live music and elaborate costumes, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company explores this unexpected victory from the now-famous date of May 5. Creating a “colorful land of music and dance,” (The New York Times) this Philadelphia premiere celebrates the culture and people of Puebla while revealing the true meaning behind Cinco de Mayo.

“It won’t be hard to coax your little ones onto their feet for some dancing with these seasoned pros.” (Time Out New York Kids)

The performance on May 5 features live music!

For Tickets for May 6-7:
School groups should contact Anne-Marie Mulgrew at 215.462.7720 or amulgrew@upenn.edu. All others should contact the Box Office at 215.898.3900 or pla-boxoffice@upenn.edu.

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This engagement of Calpulli Mexican Dance Company is made possible in part through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo credit: Julieta Cervantes