A FirstWorks residency free to all March 18-25, 2021
“The new face of Los Angeles dance, the new voice as well…”
–Los Angeles Times
Founded and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez CONTRA-TIEMPO has been dedicated to transforming the world through dance for over 15 years. Through their unique and dynamic dance-theater work, both on and off stage, CONTRA-TIEMPO builds community, facilitates dialogue, and moves us to imagine what is possible in the world.
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Experience Activist Dance Theater that takes on joy as the ultimate expression of resistance! Whenever humans have survived immense hardship and injustice, prevailing with their humanity intact, the presence of joy or, the knowingness and celebration of our 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. These stories, from the artists and community participants of South Los Angeles, 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 our collective histories of struggle and resistance.
“Joy as revolution is a much-needed antidote to the times we live in, and “joyUS justUS” promises to be about as much fun as you can legally have.”
Join via zoom and groove with CONTRA-TIEMPO Artistic Director Ana Maria Alvarez and Company Member Ruby Morales in this full-body dance class. Designed for all levels, caregivers, parents, kiddos or anyone who wants to work that radical joy muscle! CONTRA-TIEMPO will guide the group in a powerful experience rooted in Afro Latin movement and grooving to build connection.
CONTRA-TIEMPO Artistic Director Ana Maria Alvarez talks one-on-one with fierce creators about how they work as activists and artists in this world.
Providence-based interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and arts administrator Shey Rivera Ríos takes their place at the table for the FirstWorks installment of this weekly series. (photo credit: Erin X. Smithers)
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
SHEY RIVERA RÍOS (pronouns: they/them. pronombres: elle, ellx) is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and arts administrator. Their artistic creations explore the topics of home, capitalism, queerness, magic, and our relationship to technology. Rivera has 10 years of experience in the arts sector intersecting creative practice with urban planning and racial equity. Their trajectory includes 8 years of leadership at AS220, a non profit arts organization and artistic incubator in Providence, RI, and being part of the team of the Community Innovation Lab (MIT CoLab) of the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Rivera majored in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR-Rio Piedras), and has postgraduate studies in Culture and Contemporary Media from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, Puerto Rico. Rivera serves on the Board of Directors of the Artist Communities Alliance and the Providence Downtown Design Review Committee. Key artistic projects include the LUNA LOBA performance series and the FANTASY ISLAND transmedia project. Rivera’s work has been featured in publications such as Hyperallergic and Art Scope New England.
Get down in CONTRA-TIEMPO’s weekly community class! Whether you need to shake off a day at work or school, or you want to continue in your dance training, this class is designed for everyone.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
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