Ana Maria Alvarez, Artistic Director FOR IMMEDIATE USE
July 17, 2006
Paula Kadanoff, Production Manager
The 2006 NYC FRINGE FESTIVAL presents “contra-tiempo”, a courageous Salsa Dance Theater work that sparks social change and uplifts communities.
AUGUST 11th-15th, 2006
contra-tiempo, a nationally and internationally acclaimed dance company based in Los Angeles presents a new collaborative community dance piece in this year’s NYC INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL. The self titled piece, “contra-tiempo”, conceived and choreographed by Ana Maria Alvarez and a company of eleven talented salseros/as, with original music by Cesar Alvarez, will be performed five times this August at The New Amsterdam Theatre, 280 Broadway (and Chambers), NYC. The shows will be on Friday 8/11 @ 10:30PM, Saturday 8/12 @ 3:15PM, Sunday 8/13 @ 2:30PM and then again at 7:00PM, and the last show will be on Tuesday 8/15 @ 8:30PM. FOR TICKETS ($15) & INFO CALL 212.279.4488 or logon to WWW.FRINGENYC.ORG
contra-tiempo fuses Salsa, Afro-Cuban, West African, Hip-Hop, and abstract dance-theater, to create an invigorating blend of physically intense and politically astute performance. While their performances are consistently electrifying what sets the company apart most is its unique relationship to its own community. contra-tiempo is, much like the community it reaches, a tapestry. It's members are immigrants, teachers, activists, organizers, artists and movers of all types living and working in Los Angeles. contra-tiempo is black, white, asian, and latino. contra-tiempo is an active and uncompromisingly radical take on the ways in which artists function within communities. Each member lives and struggles within the varied and infinitely complex political and personal landscapes which Ana María seeks to address in her work.
Alvarez combines genres of dance, theater and protest in her choreography and teaching to address cultural and social justice issues. Alvarez has studied, performed and taught all over North America, South America and the Caribbean with various dance schools including Oberlin College (Ohio), Jamaica School of Dance, University of the West Indies (Jamaica), Cutumba Baile Folklorico de Cuba (Santiago de Cuba), Los Pintas de Cordoba (Argentina), Narciso Medina (Cuba) and the Julio Jean Haitian American Dance Theatre (NY, NY). In addition Alvarez has studied and interned several times with the The Urban Bush Women (NY, NY). In 2002, Alvarez was invited to perform at the IX Festival Internacional de Musica Electroacustica in Havana, Cuba. Also in 2002, Alvarez moved to Los Angeles and has been teaching, choreographing and performing around the city including at UCLA, Highways Performing Arts Space, The REDCAT Disney Hall, Carnival at The Key Club, the Hollywood Bowl, BB Kings and Grand Performances. May 2005, Alvarez received her MFA in Choreography from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, and will begin touring all over Mexico with contra-tiempo starting October 2006.
“Alvarez is a rising star of the dance world.”
- Leonard Jacobs. Backstage, NY, NY
“A passionately delivered performance communicates the often antagonistic relationships that exist among Latino immigrants to America, as well as the nature of the greater struggles that they face in the new country.”
- Katherine Paradero, Editor-in-Chief of The Worldly, LA, CA
“…un espectaculo que mas alla de ser solo danza expresa con sus movimientos la fuerza de la comunidad Latina en su lucha por vivir en un pais que no es el suyo.”
- Nelly Apaza, La Opinion, LA, CA