January 17, 2020

January 18, 2020

7:30 PM To 9:30 PM

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 North Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210


(310) 746-4000

Event Description

CONTRA-TIEMPO is a bold, multilingual Los Angeles-based dance company creating physically intense and politically astute performance work that moves audiences to imagine what is possible.  Founded and directed by Ana María Alvarez, this ensemble takes Afro-Latin dance to new heights.

This unique presentation infusing elements of Salsa, Afro-Cuban, and urban dance styles creating a new physical, visual and sonic vocabulary that collages contemporary dance with theater, compelling text, and original music to bring dynamic multi-modal experiences to the concert stage.

“joyUS justUS” is an evening length participatory Urban Latin Dance Theater experience that takes on joy as the ultimate expression of resistance. Here, the dancers reclaim the dominant deficit-based narrative of people of color in this country and flips it on its head by embodying stories of joy and justice. Whenever humans have survived immense hardship and injustice, prevailing with their humanity intact, the presence of joy­­ or, the knowingness and celebration of the true beauty and power has always been at the root.

“joyUS justUS” reclaims the dominant deficit ­based narrative of people of color in this country as being underprivileged, voiceless, powerless, and victimized, and flips it on its head by embodying stories of joy collected from communities of color in South Los Angeles. The stories shared in this work are personal truths about the power of hope, faith, and family, the strength of the villages that have raised our children and the wealth that lives in the collective histories of struggle and resistance.

Featuring a post-show audience dance party.


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