CONTRA-TIEMPO is a bold, multilingual Los Angeles-based dance company, dedicated to transforming the world through dance while building community, facilitating dialogue and moving audiences to imagine what is possible. Their work is rooted in Salsa and Afro-Cuban movement and draws from hip-hop, urban dance and contemporary dance theater. The dancers 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.
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, artistic director and choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez harnesses her unique urban-Latin movement approach to create a visually stunning and thought-provoking evening of dance performance. ‘Agua Furiosa’ examines themes of race and water through call and response, a live vocalist, fierce physicality and the performers’ own personal multicultural narratives. Audiences will walk away from
‘Agua Furiosa’ impacted and inspired to locate themselves inside the complex and transforming conversation of race in America. Creative collaborators include sound designer d. Sabela Grimes, vocalist Pyeng Threadgill, lighting designer Masha Tsimring, dramaturg Michael Garcés and costume designer Rosalida Medina.
“… much more than just dance, but an amazing expression of movements that embody the strength of the Latino Community and their struggle to live in a country that is not their own” – LA Opinion
“CONTRA-TIEMPO’s Agua Furiosa stirs up a maelstrom of issues” – Los Angeles Times
“a unified whole that spoke deeply about issues related to colonialism, slavery, and environmental destruction…Agua Furiosa reminds us that we must honor human rights and, earth’s most precious resource, water” – LA Dance Review
For more information about CONTRA TIEMPO visit their website at www.contra-tiempo.org
All performances are at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $10.00. All HCC students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge with valid ID. The box office opens one hour prior to the performance.
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WORKSHOPS/MASTER CLASSES: For more information on workshops in connection to CONTRA-TiEMPO’S residency activities contact Christina Acosta at 813.253-7623 or email@example.com.
The Mainstage Theatre is in the Performing Arts Building of the Ybor City Campus. It is located at the corner of E Palm Ave and N 14th Street (Avenida Republica de Cuba).
Hillsborough Community College serves more than 45,000 students annually on campuses on Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa and in Brandon, Plant City, Ruskin and Ybor City. Hillsborough Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information, please visit hccfl.edu.