Coker College Dance Department and Hartsville-Coker Concert Association to Host CONTRA-TIEMPO Residency

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Hartsville, S.C. – April 1, 2016 – In collaboration with the Hartsville-Coker Concert Association, Coker College’s Department of Dance, Music and Theatre will host an extended residency this month with Los Angeles-based dance company CONTRA-TIEMPO. The company, founded and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez, will be in residence at Coker College April 15-19 for master classes, lectures and workshops. The residency will culminate with a performance of their work, “Agua Furiosa,” April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Coker’s Watson Theater. Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults and free for students and those with a Coker College ID. Many of the master classes, workshops and lectures are free and open to the public.

CONTRA-TIEMPO’s work fuses salsa, Afro-Cuban, contemporary urban and abstract dance theatre to create an invigorating blend of physically intense and politically astute performance work. The company aims to build community, facilitate dialogue and move audiences to imagine what is possible in the world. While their performances are consistently electrifying, what sets the company apart most is its unique relationship to its own community.

CONTRA-TIEMPO’s company members—professional dancers and artists—are also immigrants, teachers, activists, organizers and movers of all types living and working in Los Angeles. The company strives to create dialogue and greater understanding across populations, in particular around issues of resistance and power, and they are committed to creating meaningful work that can be enjoyed by a broad range of audiences regardless of age, class or cultural background.

“Agua Furiosa,” CONTRA-TIEMPO's newest full-length work, challenges audiences to confront harsh realities of race and justice in our country. Inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and Oya, the Afro-Cuban deity of wind and storms, artistic director and choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez harnesses her unique Urban-Latin movement approach to create a visually stunning and thought-provoking dance performance. Agua Furiosa merges call and response, a live vocalist and fierce physicality with various representations of water.


Events that are open to the public are:

Friday, April 15

12-2 p.m.: Lecture/demonstration on salsa and how it was used as a means of resistance at different periods in history
Large Dance Studio in Coker College’s Performing Arts Center
Free, but space is limited. Please email to register.

Saturday, April 16

9:30pm: Salsa lessons and dance party
Timberlake Lawton Gymnasium
Free and open to the public

Sunday, April 17

1-5 p.m.: Leadership workshop on making connections cross culturally 
If you have an interest in being a part of this workshop, email Angela Gallo at for more details.

Tuesday, April 19

7 p.m.: Pre-show discussion with company director, Ana Maria Alvarez
Watson Theater Lobby

7:30 p.m.: Contra Tiempo Company Performance
Watson Theater
Tickets available at the door: $25 for adults, free for students and anyone with a Coker ID
A post-show Q&A with the company and Ana Maria will be held immediately following the performance.


For more information about the residency, please contact Angela Gallo, chair of the Department of Dance, Music and Theatre, at or 843.383.8381.

This extended residency and performance of Contra-Tiempo is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The presentation of Contra-Tiempo was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, 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.



Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 21 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.