Help CONTRA-TIEMPO's Costumes be as FIERCE as their DANCING
CONTRA-TIEMPO's newest piece Full Still Hungry will debut at The John Anson Ford Amphitheater on September 23, 2011. While CONTRA-TIEMPO is known for its politically astute performances that have revolved around themes of immigration, homeland, resistance and power, this Latino Heritage Month will be the first time the company incorporates the politics of food in its repertoire. Artistic director Ana Maria Alvarez says “'Food is not just the material I put in my body to sustain life — but a web of relationships, histories, choices, decisions that all impact the world around us.” These complexities are brought to life through the company's unique fusion of Salsa, Afro-Cuban and contemporary dance theater. With an original sound score composed by Cesar Alvarez, live musical performances by world renowned percussionist Bobby Matos, poetry, stunning visuals and delicious movement, Full Still Hungry serves up a blend of both physical intensity with invigorating contemplation. The evening will also include collaborative guest performances by the all women a cappella chorus, Vox Femina, and by CONTRA-TIEMPO's pre-professional youth company, CONTRA-TIEMPO Futuro.
This September will be a month of firsts – our first debut of the piece, our first performance at the Ford Amphitheater, and our first time exploring issues around food, nutrition and consumption. We hope that this will also be the first time CONTRA-TIEMPO can have professional costumes and props in our 1200 seat debut. While the company has always held itself to artistic excellence, the visuals of our performances have yet to match the quality of our work. In the past, costumes have happened haphazardly and on the fly. It would be amazing to go on stage with all of the confidence in the world knowing that not only will our performance be fierce, but we look the part too. We are ready to have the visual elements of our work, match the creative and boundary pushing level of our movement work! It is TIME!
Help us raise $3000 dollars so that we can look like the professional concert company that we are.
Full Still Hungry is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation and CounterPULSE's Performing Diaspora Program. Special thanks to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for their continuing support of the John Anson Ford Theatres, a County Regional Park operated by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.