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1009 Bluford Street

Greensboro, NC 27401

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Dance and Musical Production, “JoyUSJustUS,” by ContraTiempo, a multilingual, urban-based dance company.

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On Saturday evening, November 2, internationally acclaimed Los Angeles-based dance company, Contra-Tiempo, will perform at NC A&T State University, where they will present their newest work, “joyUS justUS.” The company‘s founder and artistic director, Ana Maria Alvarez, graduated from Grimsley High School in Greensboro in 1994, and danced with the E. Gwynn Dancers at NC A&T. Contra-Tiempo was founded in Los Angeles in 2005 by Alvarez, and tours nationally and internationally.

The company’s website describes “joyUS justUS” as “an evening length, participatory Urban Latin Dance Theater experience that explores joy as the ultimate expression of resistance. Whenever humans have survived immense hardship and injustice, prevailing with their humanity intact, the presence of joy or, the knowingness and celebration of our true beauty and power has always been at the root. ‘joyUS justUS’ reclaims the dominant, deficit-based narrative of people of color in this country as being underprivileged, voiceless, powerless, and victimized, and flips it on its head by embodying stories of joy collected from communities of color in South Los Angeles. The stories shared in this work are personal truths about the power of hope, faith, and family, the strength of the villages that have raised our children, and the wealth that lives in our collective histories of struggle and resistance.”

Alvarez says, “I am so honored to be bringing this work to Greensboro. It’s a powerful tribute to the legacy of the five incredible people who were so tragically lost that day, as well as a recognition of the persistence and strength of the people who survived and have continued to struggle for justice and for the truth to be told. We hope this work can help create a deeper community dialogue about some of the hard truths we need to face as Americans around race and violence and injustice.” Additional information about Contra-Tiempo and “joyUS justUS” is available at contra-tiempo.org.

This event is a part of the larger Greensboro Massacre: Lessons for Today commemoration events November 1-3, 2019. For information about other events that weekend, visit www.greensboromassacrelessonstoday.org/greensboro-events/.

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