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CONTRA-TIEMPO & Las Cafeteras, joyUs justUs
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CONTRA-TIEMPO & Las Cafeteras

joyUS justUS

Presented by
ADULT: $40 | $30 | $20
COLLEGE STUDENT: $36 | $10 | $10
YOUTH: $20 | $10 | $10
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7:30 pm

Hardship doesn’t preclude joy. In fact, a wellspring of joy is a powerful weapon of resistance in the face of injustice. The urban Latin dancers of CONTRA-TIEMPO and the musicians of Las Cafeteras—all grounded in the communities of color in South Los Angeles—celebrate this fact in an evening-length work grounded in social dance and live music that flips the script on the usual narratives about minority communities in the United States. Instead, they offer stories of hope, faith, family, and, yes, joy as we work together to build a more joyous, more just society.

Following the performance, Las Cafeteras will invite the audience on stage for a sabor session—a community dance that will keep the party in full swing.


New! Preorder food from the Stanley Café!

Avoid the lines by making your food selections before you come to Hancher Auditorium. The Stanley Café will have staff members ready to get your order—including beverages you order when you pick up your food--fast!

Preorder here!


Event Partners:
Ed and Ann Lorson

RUNNING TIME: 2 hours, 15 minutes (includes one intermission and the sabor session)


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Joy in dance, music coming with Contra-Tiempo, Las Cafeteras
The Daily Iowan - Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Los Angeles-based dance company Contra-Tiempo and band Las Cafeteras will bring their show “joyUS, justUS” to Hancher Auditorium for one night only today.

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