Ana Maria Alvarez

Artistic Director of CONTRA-TIEMPO

Los Angeles, CA

Ana Maria Alvarez, a Cuban American choreographer engages, creates opportunities for people to feel, relate and communicate with each other and with the subject material that she addresses in her work: immigration, race, gender and power. Her work challenges notions of how Salsa has been utilized to depoliticize Latinos, females and communities of color – and how it can be reclaimed and used as a tool to say something meaningful – and be heard! CONTRA-TIEMPO will be debuting the opening suite of the new urban-Latin dance theater work Pa’ comen(zar). Food is often used as a metaphor for dance, music, body parts, relationships, joy, ecstasy, hurt, and anger. CONTRA-TIEMPO will explore the interchange and conversation between dance and food, the fundamental voids in our cultural and societal relationship with our own history and our connection to ourselves and each other.


2009 Festival Weekend 2 Artist

“Tangled Routes”
Tangled Routes is a new urban-Latin dance theater work exploring one young woman’s journey of self discovery and nourishment through food, music, Afro-Latin and contemporary dance. This diverse company of movement artists reflects the community it reaches: a tapestry of youth, immigrants, teachers, activists, and organizers living and working within Los Angeles. Dancing to a dynamic original score created by Cesar Alvarez, the performers will explore the relationship between what and how we consume to survive, and our own distinct purpose in life. Cuban American choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez challenges notions of how Salsa has often depoliticized Latinos, women and communities of color; reclaiming it as a complex and expressive form to give voice to those who have been silenced.

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Danica and Dulce -thank you both so much for your sharing! Having been in Cuba for the first works in progress showing – and looking towards the 20th as the first time I will be meeting many of the other artists in this amazing convergence of cultures, approaches, artistic voices – I am feeling nervous, […]

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So I haven’t been good with updating the blog regularly – I am the same way about my own personal blog – but when I do it is thorough! We have been traveling all summer and I have been very in my head about this work – working on skill building and movement material but […]

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We have been in ‘production mode’ – and I apologize to my fellow Performing Diaspora Familia – our production went up – it was a success – and I am now ready to be on board!! We are gearing up for a tour to Cuba in July – there we will be training with two […]

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December 23 @ 6:30 pm / Contact Improvisation Class & Jam – DEC 2014

Class: 6:30-8:00PM (Beginning-Intermediate Level) Instructor for December: Rajendra Jam: 8:00-11:30PM $15 Single Class, $5 Single Jam, $18 for both In this workshop we are practicing freedom supported by contact with other people. Freedom to let your spirit move your body. Contact Improvisation is founded on the principle that anybody can teach it. At the same time we […]

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