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Tide Was Always HighThe Music of Latin America in Los Angeles$
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Josh Kun

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520294394

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520294394.001.0001

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Staging the Dance of Coalition with Versa-Style and CONTRA-TIEMPO

Staging the Dance of Coalition with Versa-Style and CONTRA-TIEMPO

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Tide Was Always High

Cindy García

University of California Press

This chapter puts race in a transnational context in the Americas, expanding their framework to the context of dance, music, and performance. It addresses the ways that two Latina-originated dance companies in Los Angeles stage coalition from the placeless realm of the undercommons. Ana Maria Alvarez's CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater and Miss Funk Jackie Lopez's hip-hop and house-based Versa-Style theorize the complex dance and musical migrations that underscore their experiences and visions of latinidad in coalition. Both companies have a foundational connection to dances of the African diaspora. Using choreographic analysis of dance and performance studies as well as interviews with the choreographers, the chapter examines the coalitional dimensions of their works. At the heart of this work is the question “In this contemporary moment of Black Lives Matter, how do these Los Angeles-based companies cultivate alternatives to racialized violence”?

Keywords:   race, Los Angeles, Latinas, dance companies, Ana Maria Alvarez, Jackie Lopez, African diaspora

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