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CONTRA-TIEMPO is a bold, multilingual, Los Angeles-based dance company that creates electrifying, politically astute performance work that moves audiences to imagine what is possible. The company engages diverse audiences, cultivates dancer leaders, and centers stories not traditionally heard on the concert stage. Led by Artistic Director Ana Maria Alvarez, the company members are professional dancers, artists, immigrants, educators, activists, organizers, and movers of all types, living and working across Los Angeles and the country. In this performance, CONTRA-TIEMPO shares an excerpt of the evening-length collaborative work, “JoyUSJustUS,” a piece that lifts up joy as the ultimate expression of resistance.
With registration, access to the Dancing Familias pre-recorded workshop is also available. Participants will groove with CONTRA-TIEMPO’S Artistic Director, dancer, and mama artivist, Ana Maria Alvarez, for her full-body dance class. Designed for all levels, caregivers, parents, kiddos, or anyone who wants to work that radical joy muscle! Ana Maria will guide the group in a powerful experience rooted in Afro-Latin movement and grooving to build connection.
Event is FREE, but registration is required.
CONTRA-TIEMPO seeks to change the way that artists exist and function within communities. For them, community engagement and artistic production are inextricably linked. They cannot exist outside of the communities that they inhabit. The experiences, cultural creations, and “we-stories” of their communities are the inspiration and motivation for their art making. And it is their duty as artists to share their creative power to help grow the creative and social power of their communities.
CONTRA-TIEMPO believes that art and action are two sides of the same coin, as they both require the ability to imagine new possibilities and then create what does not yet exist. Both operate in the “in-between.” By engaging communities as participants and witnesses of arts experiences tied to their beautiful humanity, they endeavor to simultaneously awaken their sense of themselves as artists and as social change agents.
“…un espectaculo que mas alla de ser solo danza expresa con sus movimientos la fuerza de la comunidad Latina en su lucha por vivir en un pais que no es el suyo. (…a performance that goes beyond being just a dance, it expresses, with its movements, the strength of the Latino community in their struggle as they live in a country that is not their own.)” —LA Opinion
“Alvarez creates work that has deep roots and big ambitions.” —CLTure
Every season, affordable music, dance, film, and theatre events are offered to students and their teachers from K-12 classrooms across the region. Students experience everything from high-energy acrobatics and Appalachian music to international dance and literary classics brought to life through theatrical productions. LEARN MORE >>
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SUE AND STEVE CHASE.