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Contra-Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater – Transforming the World Through Dance

Contra-Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater – Transforming the World Through Dance
Presente by ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara!

Summary Facts:
Los Angeles-based dance company dedicated to transforming the world through dance.
+ Urban dance rooted in Salsa, Afro-Cuban and Hip-Hop, featuring selections from Against the Times, Dream America, and Full Still Hungry
+ Free family performances local venues in Isla Vista, Guadalupe and Santa Barbara
+ Friday, October 17, 7 pm, Isla Vista School, 6875 El Colegio Rd., Goleta, Information (805) 893-5037.
+ Saturday, October 18, 7:30 pm, Guadalupe City Hall Auditorium, 918 Obispo Street, Guadalupe, Information (805) 343-2455.
+ Sunday, October 19, 7 pm, Marjorie Luke Theatre, Santa Barbara Jr. High, 721 E. Cota Street, Santa Barbara, Information (805) 884-4087 x7
+ Salsa Rueda community class, Thursday, October 16, 7 – 8:30 pm, La Casa de La Raza, 601 E. Montecito Street, Information (805) 893-3382
+ Photos and refreshments with the artists at post-show receptions after each show
+ Like ¡Viva el Arte de Sánta Barbara! on Facebook for more information on artists and shows!

“more than a hip isolating dance ensemble…CONTRA-TIEMPO pushes boundaries”
- <a href=””>The Washington Post

“The new face of Los Angeles dance, and the new voice as well.”
Lewis Segal, Los Angeles Times

“…un espectaculo que mas alla de ser solo danza expresa con sus movimientos la fuerza de la comunidad Latina en su lucha por vivir en un pais que no es el suyo. (a performance that goes beyond being just a dance, it expresses, with its movements, the strength of the Latino community in their struggle as they live in a country that is not their own.)”
- La Opinion, LA, CA

¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! presents Contra-Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater in free family performances and dance classes this October. Dedicated to transforming the world through dance and committed to making their work accessible to all, Contra-Tiempo will perform at Isla Vista School on Friday, October 17, 7 pm; at Guadalupe City Hall on Saturday, October 18, 7:30 pm; and at the Marjorie Luke Theater at Santa Barbara Jr. High on Sunday, October 19, 7 pm. The company offers a free class in Salsa Rueda – Cuban-style salsa circle dance – on Thursday, October 18, 7 – 8:30 pm, at La Casa de La Raza in Santa Barbara.

Their program will include a selection of dances which they toured Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador as Dance Motion USA Ambassadors, a program of the U.S. State Department produced by the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2014. The program begins with a selection from Against the Times, in which the cast of Contra-Tiempo dance through a history of social and political contradictions embodied in Salsa and flip the script on who leads who. In Dream America the dancers engage the histories between the Black and Latino communities and the political landscape of immigration. Full Still Hungy which premiered 2011 to a sold out Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, is an astute performance work about food and consumption. Whether you are devouring the fruit of Carmen’s headpiece, indulging in Moros y Cristianos (the Cuban version of black beans and rice), or tasting each performers’ deeply personal connection to food and family, this dance serves a spicy mix of eclectic, evocative movement and original music composed by co-founder and resident composer, César Alvarez.

Founded by Ana Maria Alvarez in 2005, Contra-Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater gives life to voices that are not traditionally heard on theatre stages. Taking Salsa back to its roots as a mode of expression for the struggles of the working class, Contra-Tiempo draws from Hip-Hop, and urban and contemporary dance-theater, pushing the boundaries of Latin dance as an expressive cultural and contemporary form. Contra-Tiempo dancers embody a deep mastery of a number of different styles from the Urban Latin Diaspora including Salsa, Afro-Cuban, house, breaking and stepping, and many of the dancers are immigrants or first generation North Americans.

Artistic Director and Founder Ana Maria Alvarez received a BA in Dance and Politics from Oberlin College. After serving as a Dance Specialist at The Center for Family Life’s “Lifelines” Community Arts Project in Brooklyn, NY, she moved to Los Angeles and earned an MFA in Choreography from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures. She has received numerous awards including LA Opinion’s Mujeres Destacadas and Brooklyn Arts Exchange’s Artist in Progress Award. Four times she has been awarded grants by the Center for Creative Innovation, the National Association for Latino Arts and Cultures, and the LA Department of Cultural Affairs Artist in Residence. She is a frequent guest teacher and lecturer and colleges and universities and creates work for dance and theatre companies.

Now in its tenth season of providing music and dance traditions of Latin America in accessible, family-friendly venues for free, ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! is funded by the McCune Foundation, the UCSB Office of Educational Partnerships, the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, the Wells Fargo Foundation, The Marjorie Luke Theatre’s Dreier Family Rent Subsidy Fund, the Stone Family Foundation, Roddick Foundation, William E. Weiss Foundation, Mary and Gary Becker, Patricia and Jim Selbert, and Eric Kronvall. The program is sponsored in part by the Santa Barbara Independent, the Santa Maria SUN, El Latino, Radio Bronco, Univision, KPFK, KCSB, the Sandman Inn, Best Western South Coast Inn and Ramada Limited. Additional support from the California Arts Council, Community Arts Grant Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara, in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. Co-presented by the Marjorie Luke Theatre, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts & Education Center, the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center and UCSB Arts and Lectures, in collaboration with the Isla Vista School After School Grant.

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