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” merges call and response, a live vocalist, water themes, 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.
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.
Presented in collaboration with UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance.
Watch the development of Agua Furiosa in these videos of CONTRA-TIEMPO working with the community.
The creation and presentation of Agua Furiosa is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project (NEFA/NDP), with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), Center for Creative Innovation (CCI) and Engaging Dance Audiences, administered by Dance/USA and made possible with generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with community support from the City of Santa Monica/Annenberg Beach House.
CONTRA-TIEMPO receives additional support from California Community Foundation, LA County Arts Commission, Capital Group, the Herb Alpert Foundation, California Arts Council-a state agency and L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs (LADCA).