September 17 - September 22| Free
Ana Maria Alvarez
Choreographer / Artistic Director, CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater
During a special weeklong residency, choreographer and Artistic Director Ana Maria Alvarez works with Shenandoah Conservatory dance students to develop her newest provocative participatory work for her L.A.-based company CONTRA-TIEMPO. The work, titled joyUS, takes on joy as a revolutionary practice and features sound by d. Sabela grimes and songs by the band Las Cafeteras.
Similar to previous works by CONTRA-TIMEPO, joyUS is rooted in the social dance forms of Salsa and Afro-Cuban, while drawing inspiration from Hip-Hop, urban and contemporary dance-theater. The work reclaims the deficit-based narrative of people of color in this country as being underprivileged, voiceless and victimized, and flips it on its head by embodying stories of joy through the technically rigorous social dance forms born out of these experiences. Inviting audiences throughout the nation to actively participate in the creative development, Alvarez creates spaces of joy and healing, allowing the collective “us” to feel more connected, powerful and alive.
MEET THE ARTIST
Under the artistic direction of choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez, the award-winning CONTRA-TIEMPO, a multi-lingual Los Angeles-based dance company, has dedicated itself to transforming the world through dance. Across the United States and throughout the world, they have built stronger, more engaged communities; facilitated relevant and important dialogues; and moved audiences to imagine what is possible when we truly connect with one another. Alvarez received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Politics from Oberlin College and a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures. She has won numerous awards and her choreographic works have been performed in venues and at festivals throughout the world. In 2014, Alvarez and CONTRA-TIEMPO were invited by the U.S. State Department to share their work throughout Ecuador, Bolivia and Chile as part of the prestigious DanceMotion USA program.
This development residency is supported in part by National Dance Project, an initiative of New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).
COMMUNITY SALSA WORKSHOP (All Skill Levels)
Sunday, September 17 at 7PM • Brandt Student Center, Ferrari Room
Free and open to Shenandoah University students and the public
PERFORMANCE FORUM, LECTURE/PRESENTATION: SOCIAL DANCE AND SOCIAL RESISTANCE
Wednesday, September 20 at 3PM • Armstrong Concert Hall
Free and open to the public (priority seating for Shenandoah Conservatory students)
Choreographer and Artistic Director Ana Maria Alvarez presents a lecture/presentation about her work and the work of her LA-based company CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater. The lecture addresses how Alvarez’s work is inspired and created in communities and how social dance—from Salsa to Hip Hop—has long been used a form of social resistance.
Thursday, September 21 from 7PM to 10PM • Shingleton Dance Space
Free and open to the public
Join Alvarez and students from Shenandoah Conservatory’s Dance Division for an engaging experiential workshop that uses movement, music and words to explore race, culture, identity and connectedness. Alvarez’s Choreographic Labs are at the core of her creative process. By participating, you join hundreds of participants from throughout the country who have shared their voice and vision to create the choreographer’s newest work, joyUS. All levels. Registration required.
SALSA DANCE PARTY
Friday, September 22 at 10PM • TBD
Wrap up Alvarez’s week-long residency with a late night Salsa Dance Party. Details to be announced. Check back soon!