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Contra Tiempo dance workshop

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Contra-Tiempo will perform at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. Press photo courtesy of the Pillow.
Photo by Christopher Duggan

Los Angeles-based activist dance theater company CONTRA-TIEMPO will host a community dance party and workshop, Sabor Session, leading up to their Friday performance excerpt from their full-length work ¡azúcar!, which brings to life the vibrations of Cuban musician Celia Cruz.

The Tuesday dance party and workshop as well as the Friday performance are both free admission, and will be held at the Common Room at Zion Lutheran Church on First Street in Pittsfield.

“Together we embody joy as a form of resistance and a tool to build community,” the company says. The event is free and family-friendly, and everyone is welcome. Bring comfortable shoes and an open heart.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival brings Contra Tiempo partnership with NAACP Berkshire County Branch. Doors open tonight for the workshop at 6 p.m., and the workshop runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Walk-ups are welcome at both of these events, the Pillow says, but free registration in advance is recommended, as space is limited.

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CONTRA-TIEMPO is a bold, multilingual Los Angeles-based company that creates communities where all people are awakened to a sense of themselves as artists and social change agents who move through the world with compassion, confidence, and joy. The company dances and educates using a physical, visual, and sonic vocabulary that combines Salsa, Afro-Cuban, hip hop, and contemporary dance with theater, compelling text, and original music.

CONTRA-TIEMPO most recently appeared onstage at Jacob’s Pillow as part of the 2021 summer festival, wowing audiences of all ages with their passionate and high-energy approach to dance and storytelling. Families and participants of all ages are invited to come dance, watch and learn.

This event is part of the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival, a city-wide event featuring dozens of events, in partnership with Mill Town Foundation. Go to LovePittsfield.com for more information.

About Contra Tiempo

This week, Contra Tiempo is in the Berkshires in residence at the Pillow Lab, continuing to develop their newest work, ¡azúcar!. Led by the vision of Alvarez, founding Artistic Director, alongside twenty artists and collaborators from across the country, ¡azúcar! brings to life the vibrations of Cuban musician Celia Cruz, and embodies personal narratives about sugar, Afro-Latin ancestral technologies, dance, music, and healing as a community practice.

¡azúcar! brings to life the vibrations of Cuban musician Celia Cruz, and embodies personal narratives about sugar, Afro-Latin ancestral technologies, dance, music, and healing as a community practice. The development of ¡azúcar! is driven by questions of unearthing the history embedded in the artists’ bodies to courageously name, confront, and intentionally obliterate the often unspoken undercurrent of anti-Blackness in Latinidad. In CONTRA-TIEMPO’s residency, the artists will be deepening the narrative physicality and expanding the piece of ¡azúcar!.

About Ana Maria Alvarez and CONTRA-TIEMPO Activist Dance Theater

Artistic Director Ana Maria Alvarez is a prolific choreographer, skilled dancer, masterful teaching artist, and movement activist. A 2020 Doris Duke Artist, an inaugural Dance/USA Artist Fellow, and a two-time grantee of NEFA National Dance Project, Alvarez has achieved multiple accolades for her dynamic works. In 2005, Alvarez founded CONTRA-TIEMPO, a Los Angeles-based activist theater dance company that draws upon salsa, Afro-Cuban, hip hop, and contemporary dance to awaken audiences and create communities.

Alvarez recently joined the faculty of the Theatre & Dance Department of UC San Diego as she continues her research through her work with CONTRA-TIEMPO. The company has been celebrated by the Los Angeles Times as a company that “represents the kind of socially aware contemporary work that only a few dance artists such as Bill T. Jones reliably provide…” Alvarez and CONTRA-TIEMPO were invited for multiple tours in Central and South America as cultural ambassadors through the U.S. State Department and have toured their work for almost 2 decades.

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Event Details

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Date:
February 20
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Event Location

Zion Lutheran Church
74 First St.
Pittsfield, MA
413-442-3525

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