Alternate Title DMUSA DanceMotion USA℠ CONTRA-TIEMPO Residency: Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile
Country of Origin United States
Description CONTRA-TIEMPO, hailed as “the new face of Los Angeles dance” (The Los Angeles Times) fuses Salsa, Afro-Cuban, contemporary urban, and abstract dance theater to create an invigorating blend of physically intense and socially acute performance work. What sets the company apart is an active and uncompromising take on the way in which artists function within communities: its company members are also immigrants, teachers, organizers and activists of all types living and working in Los Angeles. In addition to its electrifying live performances, set to music by resident composer César Alvarez, the company offers dance residencies for young people as well as master classes for all ages. It is dedicated to working with underserved populations of young people, in particular communities of color; teen and pre-teen programs address social, political, and racial issues through movement and traditional dance forms, and focus on using the body as a tool for communication and community building.