Joyce Theater


American Dance Platform 2017

ADP CURATOR: Alicia Adams

Work Performed: Agua Furiosa

About the Company

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CONTRA-TIEMPO is a Los Angeles based Activist Dance Theater company founded and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez. For over 15 years, the company has been dedicated to transforming the world through dance. Through their unique and dynamic dance-theater work, both on and off stage, CONTRA-TIEMPO builds community, facilitates dialogue, and moves us to imagine what is possible in the world. CONTRA-TIEMPO's work exists in the 'in-between' and boldly embodies a complex palate including Salsa, Afro-Cuban, improvisation, contemporary and abstract dance theater, to create an invigorating blend of physically intense and politically astute performance work.

Latest Works

joyUS justUs

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joyUS justUS is an evening-length participatory activist dance theater experience that takes on joy as the ultimate expression of resistance. Whenever humans have survived immense hardship and injustice, prevailing with their humanity intact, the presence of joy­­or, the knowingness and celebration of our true beauty and power­­ has always been at the root. 

Witness: Insights & Insistence

Friday, Jan 8 from 1-2.30pm ET.

A zoom conversation led by the illustrious, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (Founding Artistic Director, Urban Bush Women) with Artistic Directors: Ana Maria Alvarez (CONTRA-TIEMPO);  Kyle Abraham (A.I.M by Kyle Abraham); Reggie Wilson (Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group);  and Ronald K. Brown (Ronald K. Brown / EVIDENCE). You are invited to witness a teaching moment as Jawole, endowed with a powerful artistic mastery and perspective,  engages these four compelling leaders to reflect on their beginnings, share insights on their current work and collectively dive into ‘futuring’. The conversation will be followed by a short Q&A.


APAP virtual showcase

joyUS justUS (full length) available for viewing Friday, January 8 at 8 pm ET until Tuesday, January 12 at 11:59 pm ET.

To receive the link and password, please RSVP to

Dancing Familias workshop

Sunday, January 10 at 11am ET

Join via zoom and groove with CONTRA-TIEMPO’s Artistic Director, dancer and mama artivist, Ana Maria Alvarez, for her full-body dance class: Dancing Familias. Designed for all levels, caregivers, parents, kiddos or anyone who wants to work that radical joy muscle! Ana María will guide the group in a powerful experience rooted in Afro Latin movement and grooving to build connection. 

To register for the class, please email 

Funding Credits

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The Joyce Theater's American Dance Platform is dedicated to the memory of Theodore S. Bartwink of The Harkness Foundation for Dance.  Theodore S. Bartwink was a Joyce Theater Foundation Trustee from 1993 to 2014.

Major support for The Joyce’s presentation of the American Dance Platform has been provided by The Harkness Foundation for Dance.