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CONTRA-TIEMPO is a bold, multilingual, Los Angeles-based dance company that creates electrifying, politically astute performance work that moves audiences to imagine what is possible. The company engages diverse audiences, cultivates dancer leaders, and centers stories not traditionally heard on the concert stage. Led by Artistic Director Ana Maria Alvarez, the company members are professional dancers, artists, immigrants, educators, activists, organizers, and movers of all types, living and working across Los Angeles and the country.

In this video performance, CONTRA-TIEMPO shares an excerpt of the evening-length collaborative work, joyUS justUS, a piece that lifts up joy as the ultimate expression of resistance. This video will be available through Feb 28, 2021.

0:00 Welcome and introduction by Ana Maria Alvarez
2:39 Agua Bata
6:45 get down
11:18 Brown
14:20 Clave Call and Response
18:57 Miranda Rights of Happiness
21:36 Clave

Presented by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts #ConcertsForKids series.

Recommended for grades 3 and up.

This event will last approximately 25 minutes.


  • This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council and the Crane Group.

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Event Details

Feb 8-28, 2021