CONTRA-TIEMPO’s Ana Maria Alvarez to do a weeklong residency at Shenandoah Conservatory

During a special weeklong residency, choreographer and Artistic Director Ana Maria Alvarez works with Shenandoah Conservatory dance students to develop her newest provocative participatory work for her L.A.-based company CONTRA-TIEMPO. The work, titled joyUS, takes on joy as a revolutionary practice and features sound by d. Sabela grimes and songs by the band Las Cafeteras.

Read the full preview here.

The Munro Review: ‘Powerful kickoff with CONTRA-TIEMPO’

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‘The N.E.A. was saved in the budget agreement hammered out in Congress this week. But the arts were not on a budget chopping block as a matter of money, of course, but as a matter of faux populism, and as the next iteration of the culture wars. The proposed arts cuts are not an austerity measure; they’re a know-nothing strategy of dominance to undercut humanists, researchers, writers, artists, a thinking public.’

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Check out ACS Magazine’s interview of CONTRA-TIEMPO’S Rehearsal Director, Jannet Galdamez!

Read Jannet’s story on page 152 of the May /June 2017 issue at

Preview: ‘CONTRA-TIEMPO’s Agua Furiosa performs at Tampa’s HCC’

‘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.’

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Hillsborough Community College’s Visual and Performing Arts Series present CONTRA-TIEMPO’s Agua Furiosa on March 31st and April 1st at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre at the Ybor City Campus.

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The powerful story of the formerly undocumented and now unafraid CONTRA-TIEMPO dancer, Isis Avalos

[…] I introduced myself by stating that I was an undocumented child brought into the U.S. by my parents when I was 7 years old, and because of that, there was a direct connection between ‘the wall’ of buckets and the pedestal that my character stands on.  I mentioned how, ironically, when Ana Maria originally created this piece just two years ago, the phrase of ‘building a wall’ was not as big of a topic of conversation in America as it is now. And since I, like many others brought to the U.S. as young children, identify as Americans because we were raised here, we are now fighting against this wall just as Caliban 2 is in Agua Furiosa.

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2017 APAP showcases

Please click here to view the list of 2017 APAP showcases by the Lotus companies.

CONTRA-TIEMPO / Joyce review

‘This is a powerful piece that draws in and engages you into their radical approach to address and expose different issues.’

Read the full Broadway World review here.


This year, Lotus artists, CONTRA-TIEMPO, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion and Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group will showcase at APAP. Details of their performances are below.


Visit Lotus at booth #220 (Rhinelander Gallery).


* Wednesday, January 4:
7.30pm at The Joyce Theater (175 8th Avenue, NYC, NY 10011) as part of the ‘American Dance Platform’. The company will perform a 45-minute version of their newest work, Agua Furiosa. There is a 50% discount available for presenters. Code for all tickets is APAP2017.
* Sunday, January 8:
2pm at The Joyce Theater (175 8th Avenue, NYC, NY 10011) as part of the ‘American Dance Platform’. The company will perform a 45-minute version of their newest work, Agua Furiosa. There is a 50% discount available for presenters. Code for all tickets is APAP2017.
* Friday, January 6:
 7.30pm to 8.45pm at Mark Morris Dance Center in Downtown Brooklyn (3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217)- Duffy Performance Space
AIM will perform excerpts from Live! The Realest MC and Dearest Home.
Saturday, January 7:
7.45pm to 8.45pm Mark Morris Dance Center (3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217) in Downtown Brooklyn – Duffy Performance Space
Fist & Heel will perform excerpts from their new work CITIZEN.