Latin Dance Company Returns for Two-Week Artist Residency Through UNCW

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Acclaimed national dance ensemble CONTRA-TIEMPO returns to Wilmington for an intensive, community and educational residency, Feb. 11-23, as part of the UNCW Office of Cultural Arts Artist in Residence Program.

The Los Angeles based dance company utilizes a blend of Salsa, Afro-Cuban and Urban dance styles. Over the course of two weeks, the artists will conduct public master classes and Salsa and Step workshops throughout the community, work directly with students and classes at UNCW and provide a focused in-school residency program at the D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy. Additionally, CONTRA-TIEMPO will give free performances for nearly 2,000 local middle and high school students.

On Feb. 23, the residency culminates with a public performance in UNCW's Kenan Auditorium. The evening will showcase a new work created by D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy students and the east coast premiere of CONTRA-TIEMPO's newest creation Full.Still.Hungry. The company's newest work explores, through a tapestry of high-energy dance, pulsating rhythms, striking imagery and evocative spoken word, the real price we pay for the food we eat, as seen through the perspectives of those who grow it, harvest it and consume it.

"Full.Still.Hungry. is a fantastic piece of dance theatre," said Norman Bemelmans, director of cultural arts at UNCW. "At times inspiring, at times poignant, but always thought-provoking. Through the media of music, movement and the spoken word, these highly talented artists have created a tableau exploring in vivid imagery so many of the issues we face as a community."

"CONTRA-TIEMPO has a remarkable ability to communicate and connect to audiences of all ages and backgrounds," adds Courtney Reilly, assistant director of cultural arts. "When they were here nearly three years ago, the response from our local school students and teachers, university students and the entire community was overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Their energy, commitment and artistry are inspiring and relevant. We are so pleased to be able to have them here again."

Schedule of Events:

Free Salsa Workshop
Friday, Feb. 15 (8 - 10 p.m.)
Hosted by UNCW Centro Hispano, RitmoLatino & Amigos Internacional
Carolina Lounge @ Ramada (5001 Market St.)
18 & up - ID required

Free Step Workshop for Families & Youth
Monday, Feb. 18 (6 - 8 p.m.)
Hosted by Virgo Urban Prep Academy & Blue Ribbon Commission
D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy (813 Nixon St.)

Free Community Step Workshop
Tuesday, Feb. 19 (7 - 9 p.m.)
Featuring Michael Butler of Stomp the Yard
Hosted by the UNCW Upperman African American Cultural Center
UNCW Burney Center (601 S. College Road)

Free Performances for Middle & High Schools
Friday, Feb. 22 (10 a.m. & noon)
UNCW Kenan Auditorium
Registration required at

Final Performance
Full. Still. Hungry. by CONTRA-TIEMPO
with special guest performance by students from Virgo Urban Prep Academy
Saturday, Feb. 23 (8 p.m.)
UNCW Kenan Auditorium
Tickets $8 - $20 (free to UNCW students with a valid ID) or 800-732-3643

This program is presented by the UNCW Office of Cultural Arts, in partnership with New Hanover County Schools, Amigos Internacional, Blue Ribbon Commission and UNCW offices and departments campus-wide.

CONTRA-TIEMPO'stwo-week residency is 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 is also provided by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and North Carolina Arts Council. Additional support is provided by Target.

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