NOV 2024 22 FRI 7:30 pm
  • NOV 2024 23 SAT 2 pm
  • NOV 2024 23 SAT 7:30 pm
Dance | USA
CONTRA-TIEMPO Activist Dance Theatre | joyUS justUSMandeville Auditorium
  • General Admission: $40
  • UCSD Student: Limited free ticketes via SSO


joyUS justUS is an evening length participatory Activist Dance Theater experience that takes on joy as the ultimate expression of resistance. Whenever humans have survived immense hardship and injustice, prevailing with their humanity intact, the presence of joy­­ or, the knowingness and celebration of our true beauty and power has always been at the root. joyUS justUS reclaims the dominant deficit ­based narrative of people of color in this country as being underprivileged, voiceless, powerless, and victimized, and flips it on its head by embodying stories of joy collected from communities of color in South Los Angeles.

Conceived and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez the piece includes choreography by Alvarez and each company member who contributed their unique ideas and richly diverse movement styles, music by Las Cafeteras, whose powerful East L.A. sound and socio-political message closely compliment our own, d. Sabela grimes, whose soundprints were the heartbeat of Agua Furiosa, Charlese Antoinette, whose costumes help our dancers radiate joy and power, Emily Orling whose altar quilts create a beautifully sacred visual environment and Tuce Yasak, whose technical direction has literally brought light to so many of our stages.


Doors open 30 mins before performance time


Stay for a Q&A with members of the company after the November 23 evening show.


Mandeville Auditorium is located at the end of Mandeville Lane, off of Gilman Drive. See Map >


The closest parking structure is Scholar Parking Structure located at the intersection of Gilman Drive and Russell Lane. 

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