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UNCW Artists in Residence

CONTRA-TIEMPO Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 | 8 p.m. | University of North Carolina Wilmington | Kenan Auditorium

UNC W I L MI N G TO N OFF I C E O F C U LT UR A L ART S 601 Sou th Co llege Roa d Wi l m ington , NC 28 403- 5966 910.9 62 .35 00 | 80 0. 732. 3643 www.u / ar ts NORMAN BEMELMANS Director COURTNEY REILLY Assistant Director JEANNINE LEARY Office Manager JEREMY SUMMERS Operations Manager TARA NOLAND Production Manager CHRISTY GRANTHAM Box Office Manager GINA GAMBONY House Manager BOX OFFICE PERSONNEL Jim Heckethorn Susan Watson

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Connecting the campus and community through the arts... The UNCW Office of Cultural Arts was created in July 2005 in order to (1) strengthen the University’s mission to deepen and enrich the learning experience of its students; (2) build creative and effective partnerships between UNCW and local, state and national organizations; (3) develop opportunities for UNCW to play a leadership role in enhancing the growth of the arts within the region. In addition to managing UNCW’s 1,000-seat Kenan Auditorium, the office works closely with offices and departments throughout campus to engage and involve students in a wide variety of cultural activities, and to connect the campus with the community through its series of highprofile performances, artist residencies and educational outreach. Within a relatively short time, the Office has forged strategic and meaningful relationships with partners such as New Hanover County Schools, the N.C. Arts Council, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State. The major programs and initiatives of the Office of Cultural Arts include: MASTERS SERIES As a sign of the university’s commitment to presenting artists of the highest achievement, the UNCW Office of Cultural Arts presents an annual series of artists and works of cultural and historic significance. Season headliners have included artists such as jazz great Wynton Marsalis; world-renowned soprano Jessye Norman; American legends Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, Mavis Staples and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band; and acclaimed innovators of music and dance Kronos Quartet and Pilobolus dance company. ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM UNCW’s Artist in Residence Program is a unique initiative that provides audiences of all ages an opportunity to engage directly with artists to broaden their understanding of the arts and creative process. Over the years, community members have danced with acclaimed members of Pilobolus and CONTRA-TIEMPO; attended open rehearsals for Carolina Ballet; performed alongside bluegrass masters from the Del McCoury Band; mastered new techniques under the expert instruction of Jazz at Lincoln Center and Preservation Hall Jazz Band; and participated in workshops with New York stage director Christopher McElroen to develop the critically acclaimed World Premiere Stage Adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. ARTWORKS EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH The UNCW Office of Cultural Arts serves thousands of K-12 students and teachers each year through its ARTworks initiative. ARTworks utilizes valuable campus and community partnerships with the Watson College of Education, the NC Arts Council and New Hanover County Schools to provide teachers and students free live performances, professional development workshops and in-school artist residencies. live performances

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urban latin dance theater UNCW Artists in Residence (Feb. 11 - 23, 2013)

UNCW Kenan Auditorium | Saturday, February 23, 2013 | 8 p.m.


by CONTRA-TIEMPO East Coast Premiere (Wilmington, NC) Choreography Ana María Alvarez in collaboration with the company Music and Lyrics César Alvarez Costume Design Leah Peihl Lighting Design Johnny Ryman Visual Design Julio Sims Performed by CONTRA-TIEMPO (The Company) Bianca Blanco, Jasmine Burgos, Michael Butler, Steve Flores, Cesar Garfiaz, Samad Guerra, Marina Magalhaes, Maisha Morris, Diana Toledo Musicians (recorded): César Alvarez, Eric Farber, Martha Gonzalez, Bobby Matos, Jud Matos, Walter Miranda, Juan Pere


by D.C. Virgo Urban Preparatory Academy World Premiere (Wilmington, NC) Directed by Ana Maria Alvarez, Cesar Garfiaz, Maisha Morris Performed by D.C. Virgo Urban Preparatory Academy Student Ensemble Kybreyah Bryant, Demonya Cobb, Kris Cogdell, Makayla Corbett, Liala Davis, Wesley Dickey, Tyriece Diggs, Chemaiyah Eldridge, Zipporah Emerritt, D’yaunah Fields, Margaret Flores, Alexis Ford, Naquan Green, Donte Hardy-Slappy, Myah Harper, Zykwan McQuillan, Tatiana Miller, Nadir Miller, Sajda Nelson, Shatavia Simpson Ashaunti Smith, Mecayla Spearman, Reggie Thompson, Tremayne Tyson Eric Irizarry, Principal | Cameron Bolish, Arts Instructor | Georgeann Haas, NHCS Arts Supervisor

THE PROGRAM FULL Prologue Place at the Table Carmen: The South American Way Hunger Caffeine All You Can Eat Factory Farm - PAUSE -

STILL Carmen: Belebi Quimbombó Stories My Mother’s Cooking Moros y Cristianos Breastmilk Violeta - INTERMISSION -

HUNGRY Still Walking Carmen: Hungry Konoofaata The Revolution - PAUSE -


D.C. Virgo Urban Preparatory Academy Student Ensemble The text for “I am Home” was taken from the poems of students and teachers at D.C.V., written during a Fall 2012 artist residency with poet Glenis Redmond.

Faces and Hands

CONTRA-TIEMPO with D.C.V. Student Ensemble This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Support for this residency also provided by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and North Carolina Arts Council. Additional support provided by Target.

C H O R E O G R A P H E R ’ S N OT E S The stories heard throughout the piece are spoken by company members and reflect their real lives and experiences. “Carmen Miranda, (9 February 1909 – 5 August 1955) was a Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer, Broadway actress and Hollywood film star popular in the 1940s and 1950s. She was, by some accounts, the highest-earning woman in the United States and noted for her signature fruit hat outfit she wore in the 1943 movie The Gang’s All Here. Though hailed as a talented performer, her movie roles in the United States soon became cartoonish and she grew to resent them.” Carmen Miranda In Wikipedia. Retrieved September 15, 2011, from Throughout her career Carmen Miranda always maintained the integrity of the music she performed, always working with a talented cast of Brazilian musicians, though the outward shell became an exaggerated performance of “Latinidad.” She came to represent the sexy, hot, sensuous and spicy stereotype of Latin American culture. Miranda was criticized for giving into American commercialism and falsely representing her country. Her initial goal was to represent unheard voices and share the beauty of her culture.

A B O U T T H E C O M PA N Y Ana Maria Alvarez (Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer) began dancing at the age of 5 and studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts in addition to training with the Urban Bush Women, Cutumba, Narcisco Medina, Dr. Elenor Gwynn, Katherine Dunham, Vic Marks and David Rousseve among others. After receiving a BA in Dance and Politics from Oberlin College, Alvarez moved to Brooklyn, NY where she became the Dance Specialist at The Center for Family Life’s “Lifelines” Community Arts Project. There she taught, danced and choreographed for several years before moving to Los Angeles in 2002. Alvarez received her MFA in Choreography from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures. While in graduate school, Alvarez collaborated with teachers and researchers to create a dance program at UCLA Lab School, which became the foundation for CONTRA-TIEMPO’s arts education program. CONTRA-TIEMPO is currently partnering with schools throughout Southern California, integrating dance into the educational curriculum. She continues to guest lecture and teach at local colleges and universities in California including El Camino College, Pepperdine, Cabrillo College and Cal State Los Angeles in addition to UCLA. Alvarez has received numerous awards and recognition from the arts world and beyond, including Brooklyn Arts Exchange’s Artist in Progress Award, The Association of Performing Arts Presenters Emerging Leaders Institute, The LA City Council District 11, Durfee Foundation, Flourish Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Festival Internacional de Teatro de Los Angeles’ (FITLA) and Instituto de Cultura de Puerto Rico, among others. She is a three time grant recipient from the Center for Creative Innovation, a four time grant recipient from the National Association for Latino Arts and Cultures, four time LA Department of Cultural Affairs Artist in Residence grantee and was recently

awarded a grant from the NEA as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In the last few years, Alvarez has been commissioned by Jamie Nichols’ Celebrate Dance, St. Joseph’s Ballet, CounterPULSE’s Performing Diaspora Festival and Cornerstone Theater. Recently, Alvarez was invited to speak at the DanceUSA Annual Conference in Washington DC, about “fusion and the use of traditional movement forms in contemporary dance.” This fall she was selected to represent Los Angeles Contemporary Dance at the Tanzmesse in Dusseldorf Germany, and the following month was invited back to Germany to participate in a choreographers lab called “Kindling” (through IPAY). She is currently developing a new body of work called Agua (working title) which explores water. It is the substance that the majority of our bodies and our world are made out of – the substance that connects us as human beings to our natural world and to ourselves. There is a scarcity in some places and an abundance, a flooding, in others. It is the next oil, the subject of much debate around ownership, health and power. Before birth we are immersed in liquid and then spend the rest of our lives striving and longing for that grace and connection that we barely remember and never completely forget. This work will debut in the Fall of 2014. Cesar Alvarez (Co-Founder and Resident Composer) is a Brooklyn based composer, songwriter, producer and sound artist. He has performed and presented work nationally and internationally in the UK, Scotland, Cuba, Canada, France, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Czech Republic. Alvarez was awarded a Meet The Composer/Van Lier Fellowship for young Latino composers in 2004. He studied at Interlochen Arts Academy, received a B.M. from Oberlin Conservatory, and an MFA from Bard College in Music/Sound. In New York, Alvarez has presented work at The Stone, Roulette, The Tank, Joe’s Pub, The Zipper Factory, HERE Arts Center, and at Dance New Amsterdam. He’s been performing and touring with his band The Lisps for over five years. The Lisps have been featured by NPR, Spin, Time Out New York, CMJ, and included as one of L Magazine’s “8 NYC Bands to Watch,” in 2008. In addition to composing for CONTRA-TIEMPO, Alvarez recently debuted his sci-fi Civil War musical for The Lisps, FUTURITY at A.R.T. in Boston and the Walker Arts Center in MN. He teaches recording and electronic music at Bloomfield College in NJ. Recent composition credits include Damned Beautiful for Helix Dance, Edinburgh Fringe; 3 2’s; AFAR by Mac Wellman, Dixon Place; La MaMa presents the Foundry Theatre production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan (directed by Lear deBessonet). Alvarez’s blog/website can be found at Bianca Blanco (Company Member/Teaching Artist), from Kalamazoo, Michigan, attended Western Michigan University she received a BA in dance focusing equally on ballet, jazz and modern dance. She studied under and performed for such greats as Kathleen Hermsdorf, Donald McKayle and Derrick Evans. In 2002 she moved to Los Angeles to study salsa. Bianca has worked on many movies, commercials and television shows as a principal dancer including Along Came Polly, Luis, Dexter, Taco Bell and more. In addition to dancing, Bianca is the owner of Bella Savour (a vegan lifestyle/baking company), which specializes in custom cakes and other confections. Bianca works with Ana Maria Alvarez to develop community outreach workshops and curriculum connected to “Full Still Hungry”, involving educating and inspiring all people to make healthy, delicious and conscious decisions when feeding themselves and their families.

Jasmine Burgos (Company Member/Teaching Artist/FUTURO Intensive Assistant Director) was born in NYC and raised in Tampa, FL. She enrolled in her first ballet class at the University of South Florida. It was only 3 years later that she booked her first job as a dancer for Grammy nominated artist Nicole C. Mullens. After touring the world in 2004, Jasmine decided to move to Los Angeles. In doing so, she has been blessed to dance and train amongst the best as a Debbie Reynolds Scholarship recipient. After this training, she danced for various artists, including Out of Eden, NLT, Mexican sensations Marylin Fernandez and Huiecho Dominguez. Jasmine is extremely honored to be a part of CONTRA-TIEMPO, their mission and strong commitment to the community. Michael Butler (Company Member/ Associate Director of Communications & Partnerships) is a native of Brooklyn, NY, where he spent most of his life, Michael attended Radford University In Virginia. There he studied Business Administration and Fine Arts. Michael combined his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for dance and founded A Step In Time Dance Studio, in FL. He was featured in the 2007 film Stomp the Yard. He is currently coaching with world renowned rhythm champions, dancing and teaching with CONTRA-TIEMPO, and in addition to his new full time position with the company, building community partnerships, sponsorships and helping CONTRATIEMPO reach wider audiences to transform the world through dance! Steve Flores (Company Member/Apprentice Teaching Artist) was born and raised in Boston, MA and is half Puerto Rican and half Ecuadorian. Steve graduated in 2011 from Denison University with a BA in Economics and Religion. While in college, he was the President of La Fuerza Latina, Head Resident, and the founder and president of Denison’s first Latino Greek Organization; Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Although dance was not his major, he was an active participant in the university’s dance ensemble where he studied forms such as contemporary, African Jazz and performed in a production for traditional South African Gumboot. Cesar Garfiaz (Founding Company Member/Teaching Artist) was born and raised in Los Angeles (Hollywood), Cesar began dancing Salsa at the age of 7, at Steven’s Steakhouse with his Tia Raquel. In 2004 Cesar joined UCLA’s Department of World Arts & Cultures, where he began working and collaborating with Ana Maria Alvarez as a cast member of her original thesis concert “contra-tiempo”. He currently teaches Latin Dance at Cal Poly Pamona and numerous studios around L.A. He and his wife Jocelyn just welcomed a beautiful baby boy into the CONTRA-TIEMPO familia! As a founding member, he is committed to seeing this group actualize its’ full potential as an agent for change. Samad Guerra (Company Member/ Apprentice Teaching Artist) began performing at the age of five with “Children in Flight”, an African-based percussion and dance ensemble for children at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts in Oakland, CA. There, he learned to play “djembe”, “dundun”, as well as dance the “gumboot” from South Africa. While traveling to Cuba, Samad discovered his passion for Afro-Cuban dance and studied for a year under master artist Jose Francisco Barroso upon his return. In 2010, Samad moved to Los Angeles to pursue his B.A. in World Arts and Cultures with an emphasis in Dance, as well as a minor in Visual and Performing Arts Education from UCLA. Through the UCLA, he was introduced to the work of CONTRA-

TIEMPO and after learning of their commitment to arts activism, arts education and performance; he knew he wanted to be involved with the company. Guerra joined the company in 2012 and will graduate from UCLA in 2014. Marina Osthoff Magalhães (Company Member/ FUTURO Intensive Program Director/Rehearsal Director) is a Brazilian-born dancer, choreographer and arts educator based in Los Angeles. Magalhães’s work draws from her unique background in traditional Samba and Post-modern techniques. She is an emerging artist recently graduated from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures. As the daughter of Brazilian diplomats, her training has been as international as her up-bringing, and includes Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Summer Intensive (2005), Urban Bush Women Summer Institute (2008/11), CONTRA-TIEMPO’s Cuba Cultural Exchange (200809), and Rennie Harris’s Illadelph Hip Hop Festival (2010). She is one of the seven Founding Artistic Directors of the LA-based multi-media dance theater collective, Soul Lab Dance Project Maisha Morris (Company Member/ Teaching Artist) was born and raised in Odessa, Texas, and began dancing at the age of 5. For many years she toured and danced all over the country on the competition and convention circuits. At young age of 17, Morris travelled to Los Angeles and began studying at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy on a full scholarship. There her knowledge of dance exploded, as she trained Ballet, Dunham, West African, hip hop and Flamenco. Upon completing the program Morris attended Santa Monica College and was certified in Early Childhood Education. Morris joined CONTRA-TIEMPO in 2012. She feels so much gratitude and would like to thank CONTRA-TIEMPO for helping her to find herself and her voice through dance! Diana Toledo (Company Member/ Apprentice Teaching Artist) was born and raised in Redondo Beach, CA. She learned hip hop on the streets of Compton, where her mother owned several businesses, and eventually joined a hip hop company out of Redondo Beach called eFunk. In high school she began training and performing with several Salsa companies. After Toledo graduated with a dregree in Forensic Psychology, she believed that her life as a dancer was over until an elective modern dance class made her realize that dance was her true passion. She’s currently working towards BFA in Dance, joined the company in 2012 and is proud to be a part of a dance company that is so much more than that.

AC K N O W L E D G E M E N T S CONTRA-TIEMPO gratefully acknowledges the support of the James Irvine Foundation and Center for Creative Innovation. The company dedicates this evening’s performance to the memory of William “Paco” Strickland, a friend and inspiration to many in the Wilmington community and beyond. UNCW Office of Cultural Arts and CONTRA-TIEMPO thank D.C. Virgo Urban Preparatory Academy for their hospitality over the past two weeks. Thank you also to our campus and community partners, including New Hanover County Schools; Amigos Internacional; Blue Ribbon Commission; UNCW Centro Hispano, RITMOLatino, Upperman African American Cultural Center and the AΦA Fraternity. A special thanks to the sixth grade D.C.V. student ensemble for their hard work, creative input and valuable partnership, and to Eric Irizarry, Cameron Bolish, Georgeann Haas and all of the teachers, parents and administrative staff at D.C.V. for their support and encouragement!

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