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¡azúcar! by CONTRA-TIEMPO

Fri / Aug 18, 2023 - 8:00PM

CONTRA-TIEMPO's newest work, ¡azúcar!, brings to life the vibrations of Celia Cruz, personal narratives about sugar, Afro-Latine ancestral technologies, dance, music, and healing as community practice.

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About this Performance

CONTRA-TIEMPO's ¡azúcar! is a courageous naming of, confrontation with, and intentional obliteration of the often unspoken undercurrent of anti-Blackness in latinidad. Questions are continuing to drive the process as we begin to understand the complicated history of sugar and the messages from our ancestors. What does it feel like to individually and collectively heal, what does it move like? Twenty brilliant artists and collaborators take audiences through a journey of Celia Cruz’s vibrations, unearthing history embedded in our bodies. Through ¡azúcar!, we explore ancestral wisdoms about a plant that once aided in our healing, used as a way to sweeten medicinal concoctions, now extracted, refined, and used as weaponized poison. This courageous work is rooted in and inspired by the sacred feminine, personal narratives of food, labor, community, sabor, and explorations of “familying” and healing as practices. 

The LA Phil Humanities Initiative is generously supported by Linda and David Shaheen.

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