EXCERPT FROM joyUS justUS
by Contra Tiempo Dance Company
CONTRA-TIEMPO is a Los Angeles based dance company founded and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez. The company is dedicated to transforming the world through dance. Their unique urban Latin dance theater work brings to life voices that are not traditionally heard on the concert stage. CONTRA-TEIMPO builds community, facilitates dialogue and moves youth to imagine what is possible in the world. CONTRA-TIEMPO fuses Salsa, Afro-Cuban, and contemporary urban and abstract dance theater, to create an invigorating blend of physically intense and politically astute performance work. While their performances are consistently electrifying, what sets the company apart most is its unique relationship to its own community.
CONTRA-TIEMPO is, much like the community it reaches, a tapestry. CONTRA-TIEMPO is an active and uncompromisingly radical take on ways in which artists function within communities. Its company members professional dancers, artists are immigrants, teachers activists organizers and movers of all types living and working in Los Angeles. Each company member lives, expresses, and struggles within the varied and infinitely complex political and personal landscapes that Alvarez seeks to address in her work.