Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mouth Choreography


Mouth Choreography makes me smile.  It's a term I came up with this past spring while I was tutoring Simone.  Simone was my adult ESL student from Munich, Germany, and though her English writing and grammar skills were fairly advanced, she wanted to work on pronunciation and speaking.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Gluten Free Food Fest Minneapolis


This post is a bit late, but the information is still good.  Last month I went to the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  I'm sure the speakers were fabulous, giving talks about allergy free living, but I just went for the food and brought home my orange swag bag full of samples and information that I collected.

Here are some of the highlights from the food fair:

Monday, February 9, 2015

Contra-Tiempo - A True Feast

photo credit:  Kerville Cosmos Jack
I heard many excited conversations in the Ordway lobby as family and friend clusters gathered to attend Contra-Tiempo.  What a great concert - dance, food, stories, and culture - plus so much more.  If you missed my last post, my interview with Co-director Ana Maria Alvarez, check it out here.


Contra-Tiempo's featured piece "Full Still Hungry" was actually a three-part evening-length work that included several dances in each part.  Though it seems obvious, it surprised me that the three parts were entitled "Full," "Still," and "Hungry." The six-piece orchestra wore white, the women dancers swirled in vibrant skirts and the men hip-hopped and break danced in earth tones.  C├ęsar Alvarez, Ana Maria's brother and co-director, composed the original music and wrote the text for the narration.  It was a treat for the eyes and ears.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Preview: Interview with Ana Maria Alvarez of Contra Tiempo


photo credit:  Kerville Cosmos Jack
I'm looking forward to Saturday's performance of Contra Tiempo at the Ordway.  Contra Tiempo is an L.A.-based dance company that fuses Latin, Hip-Hop, Salsa, Afro-Cuban, Urban and Contemporary dance styles.  Their newest piece, "Full Still Hungry," is a commentary on food, race, privilege and consumption and features a six-piece band.  The dance premiered in L.A. at the Ford Amphitheatre in 2011.

I'd like to welcome Ana Maria Alvarez, Artist Director of Contra Tiempo to the Minneapple to share her slice of life.

Q:  Please tell me about the name of your company, how you decided on the name, and what Contra-Tiempo means to you.

AMA:  CONTRA-TIEMPO directly translated means “against times.” I think of it also as dancing, moving, creating against THE times. It also means “the offbeat” and refers to a specific rhythm that is typically found in Cuban music and movement. It’s about the space in between, which is very much what my work is about – this idea of moving and existing in the in between; those spaces that are not here or there but where there is the possibility of something different, new and revolutionary. It’s about new ways of thinking and being and about a world filled with more justice and compassion. These spaces of in between are where we explore and create within this new genre of Urban Latin Dance Theater.