Ana Maria Alvarez founded CONTRA-TIEMPO: Urban Latin Dance Theater in 2005. The name means “against time,” a reflection of Alvarez’s desire to make dance works that create contrast with the world around the piece.

A new work Agua Furiosa, opened this week at UCLA’s Glorya Kaufman Theater (you can see it there through January 24th). Alvarez says it’s a counter-narrative to Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and about how water can act as an equalizer, since it’s one of the human necessities we all have in common.

She spoke with Art Alive’s Sheila Tepper:

Photo by Susie Goodman
Video shot & edited by Kathleen Schenck

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