Contra-Tiempo, Urban Latin Dance Theater
Founded and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez in 2005, Contra-Tiempo's unique urban Latin dance theater brings to life voices that are not traditionally heard on the concert stage. The company's performance is part of Sewanee's Performing Arts Series.
The work is rooted in Salsa and Afro-Cuban and draws from Hip-Hop, urban and contemporary dance theater. It creates an invigorating blend of physically intense and socially astute performance that pushes the boundaries of Latin dance as an expressive cultural and contemporary form.
“Agua Furiosa,” Contra-Tiempo's newest work, challenges audiences to confront harsh realities of race in our country. Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Oya, the Afro-Cuban deity of wind and storms, Alvarez creates a visually stunning and thought-provoking evening of dance performance. “Agua Furiosa” merges call and response, a live vocalist, water themes, fierce physicality and the performers’ own personal narratives. Audience members will be inspired to locate themselves inside the complex and transforming conversation of race in America.
Contra-Tiempo embodies the “in between” space: leader/follower, immigrant/American, English/Spanish, performer/listener, fully embracing that liminal experience as artists within communities, both on and off stage. Contra-Tiempo is a rich tapestry of professional dancers and performers from varied styles, many of whom are immigrants or first-generation North Americans, and who exist within the varied and infinitely complex political and personal landscapes addressed in their work.