Doors open 7:00 p.m.
Performance starts at 7:30 p.m.
“A joyous performance…comically explores the diversity of Salsa dancing, while also using the dance form to portray the thorny social and political issues facing Latinos in America today!”
Hardship doesn’t preclude joy. In fact, a wellspring of joy is a powerful weapon of resistance in the face of injustice. The urban Latin dancers of CONTRA-TIEMPO and the musicians of Las Cafeteras—all grounded in the communities of color in South Los Angeles—celebrate this fact in an evening-length work grounded in social dance and live music that flips the script on the usual narratives about minority communities in the United States. Instead, they offer stories of hope, faith, family, and yes, joy as we work together to build a more joyous, more just society.
There are three parts to this performance. First, a pre-show talk with Ana Maria Alvarez, the founding artistic director. Then the full performance of joyUS justUS followed by a “Get Down” party.
$15 ($10 member)
CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater. Photo by Steve Wylie.
The presentation of CONTRA-TIEMPO is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support for this performance is made in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding was also provided by the Kohler Trust for the Arts and Education, Kohler Foundation, Inc., and the Frederic Cornell Kohler Charitable Trust. The Arts Center thanks its many members for their support of exhibitions and programs through the year.