On our fourth episode of World Dance month your co-host Reyna interviews Ana Maria Alvarez the Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer of CONTRA-TIEMPO. In this episode we go behind the screen in celebration of CONTRA-TIEMPO’s 15th anniversary and talk about Ana Maria’s career rooted in politics and dance, advice and questions to consider for starting a dance company, collaboration and crediting dancers, using Patreon to facilitate a deeper level of connection with the company, and practices for nourishing oneself and manifesting ideas.
This week on DANCE BEHIND THE SCREEN PODCAST…
[0:29] Reyna introduce Ana Maria
QUESTIONS WITH ANA MARIA
[1:51]Reyna asks: “Can you briefly walk our audience through your career path?”
[10:43]Reyna asks: “You had the opportunity to work with 7/8th graders. Can you tell me about what that looked like for you?”
[13:18]Reyna asks: “What is something you would recommend to our listeners, especially those who want to start a dance company? What is the biggest advice you could give them?”
[18:21]Reyna asks: “What is the creative process with your dancers? What kind of culture do they bring?”
[26:30]Reyna asks: “How do you feel that social media affects your work? Do you feel like it’s connecting?”
[30:13]Reyna asks: “What are three things you think people should do?”
[36:09] Reyna asks:
1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?
Book- Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds by Adrienne Maree Brown, https://amzn.to/2RUHKtD
2- What was the first dance you saw?
Company- Alvin Ailey,“It’s the first dance I remember seeing...I was mesmerized,” https://www.alvinailey.org/
3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?
Yes “absolutely...sometimes it can make people feel like they are not good enough…”
4- What is your favorite social media platform?
Instagram “the one I use the most”
#AnaMariaAlvarez Recommended Resources
Company- CONTRA-TIEMPO, https://www.contra-tiempo.org/