Insight News: Ordway Presents CONTRA-TIEMPO

Insight News 1/22/16

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced it will present urban Latin dance company, CONTRA-TIEMPO, for a one-night-only performance on Saturday, Feb. 7.

The company will perform its work, “Full Still Hungry,” as part of the Ordway’s World Music and Dance Series. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online at, by phone at (651) 224-4222 or in person at the Ordway ticket office.

Los Angeles-based CONTRA-TIEMPO fuses elements of Salsa, Afro-Cuban, hip-hop, urban and contemporary dance to create an invigorating performance. Founded and directed by Cuban-American choreographer and artistic director, Ana Maria Alvarez, CONTRA-TIEMPO pushes the boundaries of Latin dance as an expressive cultural and contemporary form, using dance to communicate the struggles of the working class.

“CONTRA-TIEMPO is known for their dynamic and expressive dance pieces, but what really sets them apart is their dedication to using dance as a tool to reach communities and bring to life voices not traditionally heard on the stage,” said Dayna Martinez, Ordway’s artistic director of World Music & Dance. “CONTRA-TIEMPO excels at using physical movement to inspire social movement, and that is very evident in the piece they’ll be performing at the Ordway.”

“Full Still Hungry” is a powerful performance that explores how food, race, privilege and overconsumption impact everyday lives. Set to an original score by Cesar Alvarez, the piece features a live five-piece band, eight dancers, vibrant costumes and dynamic, high-energy choreography.

“Food is not just the material I put in my body to sustain life, but a web of relationships, histories, choices and decisions that all impact the world around us,” said Alvarez.

“Full Still Hungry” premiered to a sold-out crowd at the Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles in September 2011, and has been captivating audiences since.

CONTRA-TIEMPO’s performance will also be a part of “Raíces y Sueños: the Artistry of Cuba,” a series of arts-based learning and community engagement events hosted by the Ordway. Translated as Roots and Dreams, “Raíces y Sueños” celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Cuba through master classes, cultural conversations, workshops, lecture demonstrations and a visual arts exhibit that will open new doors for artists and audiences alike. “Raíces y Sueños” began in October 2014 with the performances of Nachito Herrera and his Cuban Orchestra and the Creole Choir of Cuba, and will conclude on Feb. 7.

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