Contra-tiempo, a Los Angeles-based urban Latin dance company, will present “joyUS justUS” in the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts’ Bram Goldsmith Theater.
Set to music by the band “Las Cafeteras,” the work fuses Salsa, Afro-Cuban and contemporary dance styles with theater, offering stories of hope, faith, family and joy collected from communities of color in south Los Angeles.
“Contra-tiempo is known for compelling choreography steeped in social justice,” said Paul Crewes, artistic director for The Wallis. “This engaging work beautifully showcases the troupe’s unique style and vision.”
A collaborative effort, “joyUS justUS” includes choreography by Contra-tiempo founder and director Ana Maria Alvarez.
“It celebrates our capacity to come together and be connected and see ourselves in one another,” Alvarez said.
The Wallis’ 2019-20 dance programming exclusively features Los Angeles-based companies. Performances of “joyUS justUS” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, and Saturday, Jan. 18. Tickets start at $29 and are on sale now.
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills. To purchase tickets and for information, call (310)746-4000, or visit thewallis.org/ct.
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