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Dance Company Fuses Traditional and Modern Approaches

Dance Company Fuses Traditional and Modern Approaches

Contra-Tiempo Staging ‘Agua Furiosa’ in Socorro 

SOCORRO, N.M. – New Mexico Tech’s Performing Arts Series welcomes a highly acclaimed dance company from Los Angeles for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Macey Center.

Contra-Tiempo will perform its latest creation, “Agua Furiosa,” the company’s newest evening length work. “Agua Furiosa” challenges audiences to confront harsh realities of race in our country. The show is inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Oya, the Afro-Cuban deity of wind and storms. Artistic director and choreographer Ana María Alvarez harnesses her unique urban Latin movement approach to create 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. Audiences walk away from “Agua Furiosa,” impacted and inspired to locate themselves inside the complex and transforming conversation of race in America.

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Contra-Tiempo brings their unique dance production to New Mexico Tech.

 

The Contra-Tiempo dance troupe is dedicated to transforming the world through dance. Their unique urban Latin dance theater work brings to life voices that are not traditionally heard on the concert stage. Contra-Tiempo builds community, facilitates dialogue and moves youth to imagine what is possible in the world. Contra-Tiempo fuses Salsa, Afro-Cuban, and contemporary urban and abstract dance theater, to create an invigorating blend of physically intense and politically astute performance work.

While their performances are consistently electrifying, what sets the company apart most is its unique relationship to its own community. Contra-Tiempo is, much like the community it reaches, a tapestry. Contra-Tiempo is an active and uncompromisingly radical take on ways in which artists function within communities. Its company members are professional dancers, and immigrants, teachers, activists, organizers and movers of all types living and working in Los Angeles. Each company member lives, expresses, and struggles within the varied and infinitely complex political and personal landscapes that Alvarez seeks to address in her work.

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Founded and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez in 2005, Contra-Tiempo brings to life voices that are not traditionally heard on the concert stage. Their work is rooted in salsa and Afro-Cuban dance and music, but also draws from hip-hop, urban and contemporary dance-theater. They create an invigorating blend of physically intense and socially astute performance that pushes the boundaries of Latin dance as an expressive cultural and contemporary form.

Contra-Tiempo exists inside of and embodies the 'in between' space: leader/follower, immigrant/American, English/Spanish, performer/listener. Resident composer and co-founder, César Alvarez, approaches the music for the group as if it were a new genre. Contra-Tiempo’s movement narrative calls for a complete rebuilding of "dance music" using a sonic vocabulary as far-reaching and diverse as the company members' backgrounds. In the original music he composes for Contra-Tiempo performances, César deconstructs salsa, collaging Americana with hip-hop, poetry with clave, industrial and found sound with the powerful rhythmic traditions of the African Diaspora.

The Performing Arts Series has organized outreach efforts for Alamo-Navajo, Magdalena and Socorro schools. Additional free community outreach events include: Community Potluck, Sunday, Oct. 30, 4pm, St. Paul’s Church Meeting Room (Space Limited, RSVP Required); “Behind the Scenes Info Session,” Monday, Oct. 31, 1pm, Macey Center Theatre; Dance Workshop, grades 4-Adult, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 5:30pm, New Mexico Tech East Gym.

For teens and pre-teens, the company's outreach programs address social, political and race issues through movement and through traditional cultural dance forms. For younger audiences the company focuses on using the body as a tool for communication and working together as a community. The company is dedicated to working with underserved populations of young people. Contra-Tiempo creates dialogue and greater understanding across populations, in particular around issues of resistance and power. Contra-Tiempo is committed to creating meaningful work that can be enjoyed by a broad range of audiences regardless of age, class or cultural background.

This project is receiving support from the Western States Arts Federation and the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets cost $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $8 for youth, and FREE to NM Tech students with a valid ID. Tickets are available online at www.nmtpas.org, or at the Cashier’s Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Socorro County Chamber of Commerce, Sofia’s Kitchen Drive-up, or at the door. Students with a valid ID can pick up their free tickets at the NMT Bookstore.

 

– NMT –

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday October 24, 2016

Contact: Ronna Kalish, Performing Arts Series Director

(575) 835-5688 * Ronna.Kalish@nmt.edu

 

 

 

Dance Company Fuses Traditional and Modern Approaches

 

Contra-Tiempo Staging ‘Agua Furiosa’ in Socorro 

 

SOCORRO, N.M. – New Mexico Tech’s Performing Arts Series welcomes a highly acclaimed dance company from Los Angeles for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Macey Center.

 

Contra-Tiempo will perform its latest creation, “Agua Furiosa,” the company’s newest evening length work. “Agua Furiosa” challenges audiences to confront harsh realities of race in our country. The show is inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Oya, the Afro-Cuban deity of wind and storms. Artistic director and choreographer Ana María Alvarez harnesses her unique urban Latin movement approach to create 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. Audiences walk away from “Agua Furiosa,” impacted and inspired to locate themselves inside the complex and transforming conversation of race in America.

 

The Contra-Tiempo dance troupe is dedicated to transforming the world through dance. Their unique urban Latin dance theater work brings to life voices that are not traditionally heard on the concert stage. Contra-Tiempo builds community, facilitates dialogue and moves youth to imagine what is possible in the world. Contra-Tiempo fuses Salsa, Afro-Cuban, and contemporary urban and abstract dance theater, to create an invigorating blend of physically intense and politically astute performance work.

 

While their performances are consistently electrifying, what sets the company apart most is its unique relationship to its own community. Contra-Tiempo is, much like the community it reaches, a tapestry. Contra-Tiempo is an active and uncompromisingly radical take on ways in which artists function within communities. Its company members are professional dancers, and immigrants, teachers, activists, organizers and movers of all types living and working in Los Angeles. Each company member lives, expresses, and struggles within the varied and infinitely complex political and personal landscapes that Alvarez seeks to address in her work.

 

Founded and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez in 2005, Contra-Tiempo brings to life voices that are not traditionally heard on the concert stage. Their work is rooted in salsa and Afro-Cuban dance and music, but also draws from hip-hop, urban and contemporary dance-theater. They create an invigorating blend of physically intense and socially astute performance that pushes the boundaries of Latin dance as an expressive cultural and contemporary form.

 

Contra-Tiempo exists inside of and embodies the 'in between' space: leader/follower, immigrant/American, English/Spanish, performer/listener. Resident composer and co-founder, César Alvarez, approaches the music for the group as if it were a new genre. Contra-Tiempo’s movement narrative calls for a complete rebuilding of "dance music" using a sonic vocabulary as far-reaching and diverse as the company members' backgrounds. In the original music he composes for Contra-Tiempo performances, César deconstructs salsa, collaging Americana with hip-hop, poetry with clave, industrial and found sound with the powerful rhythmic traditions of the African Diaspora.

 

The Performing Arts Series has organized outreach efforts for Alamo-Navajo, Magdalena and Socorro schools. Additional free community outreach events include: Community Potluck, Sunday, Oct. 30, 4pm, St. Paul’s Church Meeting Room (Space Limited, RSVP Required); “Behind the Scenes Info Session,” Monday, Oct. 31, 1pm, Macey Center Theatre; Dance Workshop, grades 4-Adult, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 5:30pm, New Mexico Tech East Gym.

 

For teens and pre-teens, the company's outreach programs address social, political and race issues through movement and through traditional cultural dance forms. For younger audiences the company focuses on using the body as a tool for communication and working together as a community. The company is dedicated to working with underserved populations of young people. Contra-Tiempo creates dialogue and greater understanding across populations, in particular around issues of resistance and power. Contra-Tiempo is committed to creating meaningful work that can be enjoyed by a broad range of audiences regardless of age, class or cultural background.

 

This project is receiving support from the Western States Arts Federation and the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Tickets cost $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $8 for youth, and FREE to NM Tech students with a valid ID. Tickets are available online at www.nmtpas.org, or at the Cashier’s Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Socorro County Chamber of Commerce, Sofia’s Kitchen Drive-up, or at the door. Students with a valid ID can pick up their free tickets at the NMT Bookstore.

 

– Thom Guengerich for NMT –