Contra Tiempo Modern Concert Report

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On Tuesday, April 19, 2016 I attended a guest artist modern concert that was performed by Contra Tiempo. This performance was held at the Watson Theater here at Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina. Contra Tiempo is an Urban Latin dance theater that is based in Los-Angeles. Contra Tiempo is known for creating physical, visual and sonic vocabulary that collages Salsa, Afro-Cuban, hip-hop, and contemporary dance with theater, text and original music to bring dynamic multi-model experiences to the concert stage. The company’s work has been seen worldwide including countries such as North America, Central America and South America, as well as being represented abroad in Europe and Asia. (Ana Maria Alvarez) The Company members that traveled…show more content…
I expected the show to be more upbeat and salsa based. However, the performers used salsa dancing in many different ways. Keeping the same quality of salsa in the torso, but changed up how they were using their arms and would transpose it to the floor and used it as floor work across the stage. They would also use salsa for slower movement. There were times the salsa that they used was very slow in contrast to how the upbeat salsa looked. The different movement that stood out to me more in this performance, was the choreography that we did during our master class. I noticed that flocking was used throughout the performance, but was not taking too far. They would use it to symbolize community as everyone would come together. During the flocking portions, a lot of the movement was upright in the vertical plane and was very sharp. What caught my eye as an audience member was during the flocking, there would be a soloist off to the side doing the complete opposite of movement quality than the group. For example, while the group was performing sharp angular movements, the soloist would be to the side performing flowy movement that used all three levels on the body. However, as I say that it caught my eye, there were times that I thought so much was happening on stage I caught myself not engaged in the performance. As the performance started to grow into the story that they were portraying, the movement quality became very flowy from all performers in a sense that they reminded me of water. The performers used a huge amount of spine articulation. As they used a lot of undulations in the body, the performers would make them big as if they were dancing for the whole audience. Their energy of their movement seemed bigger than what they were dancing. The movement seemed indirect and used a great amount of different stage space as most of
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