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Creating Art in Times of Strife: choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez with Wally...

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Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach House Way

Santa Monica, CA 90402

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Join us for Writer-in-Residence Wally Rudolph’s third of three public conversations at the Annenberg Community Beach House. This evening will be a conversation with choreographer (and former Beach House Choreographer-in-Residence) Ana Maria Alvarez, whose Urban Latin Dance Theater company Contratiempo brings to life voices not traditionally found on the concert stage.

In Creating Art in Times of Strife, Rudolph presents a series of one-on-one conversations with socially conscious artists across disciplines, discussing how the current state of socio-political polarization and environmental crisis affect and inform each artist's respective process and practice.


Ana Maria Alvarez is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, teaching artist and founder director of CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Dance Latin Theater. Inspired by her upbringing as a Cuban American, her work boldly traverses the world of social dance, political activism, community organizing and art making. She has studied with master artists Katherine Dunham, Idalberto Bandera Sidó (Ballet Folklórico Cutumba, Santiago de Cuba), Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (Urban Bush Women, NY), Ann Cooper Albright, Julio Jean and Dr. Eleanor Gwynn. She has also travelled extensively in South America and the Caribbean, studying, practicing and performing Tango and Afro-Cuban secular dances (Timba, Rueda, Rumba and Gaga). Alvarez received a Bachelors of Arts in Dance and Politics from Oberlin College and a Masters in Fine Arts in Choreography from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures. There, her thesis work explored the abstraction of “Latin Dance”, specifically Salsa, as a way to express social resistance within the US immigration battle, and in 2005 became the impetus for founding CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater.

About CONTRA-TIEMPO: We are a bold, multilingual Los Angeles-based dance company creating physically intense and politically astute performance work that moves audiences to imagine what is possible. We create a new physical, visual and sonic vocabulary that collages Salsa, Afro-Cuban, hip-hop, and contemporary dance with theater, compelling text, and original music to bring dynamic multi-modal experiences to the concert stage. While our performances are consistently electrifying, what sets the company apart most is our unique relationship to our own community. CONTRA-TIEMPO takes an uncompromisingly radical approach to the ways in which artists function within communities and create their work. We intentionally engage diverse audiences, cultivate dancer leaders, and center stories not traditionally heard on the concert stage, using our engagement process to inform and continuously re-fuel our creative process, and vice-versa. Much like the communities we reach, CONTRA-TIEMPO is itself a tapestry. Our company members are professional dancers, artists, immigrants, educators, activists, organizers, and movers of all types, living and working across Los Angeles and across the country. Each company member lives, expresses, and struggles within the varied and infinitely complex political and personal landscapes that Artistic Director, Ana Maria Alvarez seeks to address in our work.



Born in Canada to Chinese-Jamaican immigrant parents and raised in Texas, Wally Rudolph has lived throughout North America but now calls Los Angeles home. He is a multidisciplinary artist and diversity advocate. His debut novel, Four Corners (Counterpoint/Soft Skull) published in 2014, garnered praise for its unflinching prose and drew comparisons to Daniel Woodrell, Denis Johnson, and Barry Hannah among others. His second novel, MIGHTY, MIGHTY (Counterpoint/Soft Skull), was published to critical praise in fall 2015.


During his tenure as Beach House Spring 2018 Writer-in-Residence, Rudolph is working on a new novel, entitled The Ox, The Horse, & The Boar. A bold and unconventional account of our country’s fatal covenants with systemic racism, unchecked capitalism, and the destruction of our environment, the novel is the first in a planned trilogy. Rudolph is onsite working from an office in the Marion Davies Guest House, January 16 through March 20, 2019.

Office Hours at the Beach House: 11am-2pm: 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/03, 2/15, 2/22, 3/03, 3/15.

Public Conversations at the Beach House: 6:30-8pm, 1/29 with Christine Yoo; 2/12 with Neha Choksi and 3/19 with Ana Maria Alvarez.

Poets & Writers Literary Roundtable guest appearance: 10:30am-12:30pm, 2/20 (offsite at the Camera Obscura Art Lab, 1450 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica)

From mid-January 2019 you can follow his progress on the Beach House Artist-in-Residence blog at beachhouseair.blogspot.com.

Camera Obscura Art Lab and Beach=Culture programs are made possible by Santa Monica Cultural Affairs. smgov.net/arts #ArtSaMo


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Stop by early to save your seat and check out the historic site. Picnickers welcome (no pets, alcohol or glass permitted onsite.)

Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. Arrive by 15 min before start time to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email culture@smgov.net. We appreciate your keeping in touch!

Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light.

Parking: The parking rate is Apr - Oct: $12/day or $3/hour; Nov - Mar: $8/day or $3/hour, payable at the park and pay machines in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Credit cards or exact change only. Handicapped placards and Senior Beach Permits are accepted. For other parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit annenbergbeachhouse.com, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 8pm in the summer and 3pm in the off season, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm.

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