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This performance took place July 7-11, 2021. Scroll for bonus content!

Founded by director Ana Maria Alvarez in 2005, CONTRA-TIEMPO is a bold, multilingual dance theater company that draws on their Los Angeles lineage with work rooted in Salsa, Afro-Cuban, hip-hop, and contemporary dance. In the company’s Pillow debut, they performed the evening-length work joyUS justUS, an embodiment of radical joy and justice. “Potent, timely, and positive” (LA Dance Chronicle), the work centers joy as a critical part of building a more just and loving world. Featuring original music by East Los Angeles Chicano band Las Cafeteras and d. sabela grimes, this “joyous celebration of community” (San Francisco Bay Guardian) engages local communities as participants and collaborators as an exuberant reminder of our capacity to connect, come together, and celebrate.

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Watch the Post-Show Talk

CONTRA-TIEMPO artistic director Ana Maria Alvarez and dancers Charlie Dando, Jannet Galdamez, Bianca Medina, Ruby Morales, Dalphe Morantus, and Jasmine Stanley in conversation with Jacob’s Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Maura Keefe.

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Performance details begin on page 20.

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Onsite Event:
CONTRA-TIEMPO
(Leir Stage)

At Henry J. Leir Outdoor Stage: Jul 7 - Jul 11