The Binational Arts Residency connects cultural communities in Arizona and Sonora through art and performance. This year, the Binational Arts Residency welcomes Los Angeles-based dancer and choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez for an eight-day engagement in four Arizona and U.S.-Mexico border communities.
Alvarez is the co-founder of the Los Angeles dance theater company CONTRA-TIEMPO. Known for dynamic movement and combining multiple genres in her pieces, Alvarez has caught the attention of audiences and the dance community for her cutting-edge works. As part of her residency, Alvarez will present performances, artist and youth workshops, public dialogues and a variety of programs in four cities: Phoenix, Douglas, Agua Prieta (Mexico) and Tucson.
The 2018 Binational Arts Residency is produced by ASU Performance in the Borderlands, in partnership with CALA Alliance, Border Arts Corridor, Fomento a la Cultura, the Department of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona, Projecting All Voices (ASU), Rising Youth Theatre, and Savvy Pen Productions.
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 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.