Agua Furiosa, CONTRA-TIEMPO's newest evening length work, challenges audiences to confront harsh realities of race in our country. Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Oya, the Afro-Cuban deity of wind and storms, artistic director and choreographer Ana María Alvarez, harnesses her unique Urban-Latin movement approach to create a visually stunning and thought provoking evening of dance performance. Agua Furiosa merges call and response, a live vocalist, water themes, fierce physicality and the performers’ own personal narratives. Audiences walk away from Agua Furiosa, impacted and inspired to locate themselves inside the complex and transforming conversation of race in America. Creative collaborators include sound designer d. sabela grimes, vocalist Pyeng Threadgill, lighting designer Masha Tsimring and dramaturg Michael Garces.
For more information and a link to resources about the themes and inspiration driving Agua Furiosa, check out our blog. You can also read the program notes from the show's premiere at the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, and view a trailer of the work.
The creation and presentation of Agua Furiosa is supported by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project (NEFA/NDP), with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), Center for Creative Innovation (CCI) and Engaging Dance Audiences, administered by Dance/USA and made possible with generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
SHE WHO: FRIDA, MAMI & ME
Through generous support of the Princess Grace Foundation, Choreographer Marjani Forté set an original new work on the company called SHE WHO: Frida, Mami & Me. SHE WHO: Frida, Mami, & Me is a dance work looking at the life, mythology, and properties of Mexican Visual Artist Frida Kahlo and Mami Wata, a powerful water deity found across the African Diaspora. Their stories, timeless and provocative, have spurred a nuanced and multi-cultural dialogue between African American choreographer Marjani Forte-Saunders and the Urban Latin Dance Theater CONTRA TIEMPO. Together, they traverse the turbulent waters of protest, feminism, resilience, and identity through these earthly and mystic beholders of culture. Costume design by David Reynoso. Lighting design by Tuce Kasak. Media design by Meena Murugesan. Sound design by d. Sabela Grimes. Our first stage showing of the piece at the Ford Amphitheater's summer 2016 Signature Series, received humbling praise.