CONTRA-TIEMPO with Las Cafeteras



Pre-show talk with Ana Maria Alvarez at 7 p.m.
Performance starts at 7:30 p.m.

JMKAC CAFE will be open for dinner from 6:00 p.m. to 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!”

—BackStage, NYC

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.

All ages

$15 ($10 member)

Join us for Salsa Rueda Fundamentals on November 14 at 6:00 p.m.

Sábado, 16 de noviembre
7:00 PM, conferencia con Ana Maria Alvarez antes de la presentación

7:30 PM, espectáculo

CONTRA-TIEMPO con Las Cafeteras

El baile y la música Latino urbano celebran el poder de la alegría de luchar contra la injusticia.

“¡Una obra jubilosa…explora graciosamente la diversidad del baile Salsa, mientras tambien usa el baile para mostrar los complicados problemas sociales y políticos que encaran los Latinos en los Estados Unidos hoy en día!” – la revista Backstage, Nueva York

Fiesta de Baile, depués del espectáculo

Para todas las edades

$15 ($10/miembros y estudiantes)



CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater. Photo by Steve Wylie.

November 16 Saturday

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. As part of a Connecting Communities collaboration, further support is from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Bert L. and Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust, Frederic Cornell Kohler Charitable Trust, Kohler Foundation, Inc., the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the NEA, and the Kohler Trust for the Arts and Education. The Arts Center thanks its many members for their support of exhibitions and programs through the year.