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collage of photos of Arturo O'farrill smiling casually by Jen Rosenstein and Ana Maria Alvarez dancing happily in a blue flowing dress by Bobby Gordon

CONTRA-TIEMPO & Arturo O’Farrill


Arturo O’Farrill

Friday, March 31
8pm in Stewart Theatre
$30-$35 | $8 NC State Students | $15 Faculty/Staff


Jump into the creative process! Ana Maria and Arturo will be in residence with us September 7 to 14 to finalize their new work, and you’re invited to a FREE Choreographic Lab to share your voice on September 11.

collage of photos of Arturo O'farrill smiling casually by Jen Rosenstein and Ana Maria Alvarez dancing happily in a blue flowing dress by Bobby Gordon

About the World Premiere on MARCH 31

Something truly special is in the works for our 50th anniversary. We’ve invited two of our most beloved artists to create a world premiere together: Ana Maria Alvarez, choreographer and artistic director of CONTRA-TIEMPO, and Afro Latin jazz composer and pianist Arturo O’Farrill. We sparked this collaboration between Arturo and Ana Maria because not only are they at the top of their game artistically with a throng of awards between them, they share our passion to connect with communities in meaningful ways. These artists exude generosity. They each have an innate ability to create and spread joy, to collectively imagine new possibilities for the future, and together they are electric.

Alvarez is known for her artistic rigor, her capacity to innovate and get down as a Salsera, her fluid improvisational skills and her ability to craft personal narrative through the body. O’Farrill is a prolific pianist, improviser, and Grammy-winning Afro Latin composer. Alvarez and O’Farrill share Afro-Cuban roots and a desire to be in compassionate conversation with those who think differently. Together they will find a space to be bolder, more expansive and to understand new depths of their own practices of art and joy-making.

Enjoy two world premiere’s in one evening! Created in collaboration with NC State LIVE audience members, the new duet, danced by Ana Maria with Arturo on piano, will be performed alongside ¡Azúcar!, CONTRA-TIEMPO’s powerful new piece performed by the full company. With Celiea Cruz’s music as inspiration and explosive salsa dancing, ¡Azúcar! explores our complex relationship with sugar and is a celebration of ancestral wisdom. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to be the first to see and respond to two powerful new dance works in the intimacy of Stewart Theatre.

Ana Maria Alvarez is a “A legit choreographic wunderkind with technical skills and theoretical foundations anchored in deep humanity…”


Celebrated jazz musician Arturo O’Farrill has dedicated his life to envisioning a future of inclusion and collaboration.



NC State LIVE strives to make our programming accessible to everyone. If you have an access need or an accommodation request, please email Liza Green, associate director at Learn more about accessibility at NC State LIVE.

Protect the Pack

NC State LIVE is fully committed to the health and wellness of our campus, community and artists and will be following all public health and NC State University’s Community Standards as of the date of the event. This could include changes to capacity, attendance prerequisites and other protective measures. 

Face coverings are not required inside our theatres. Although face coverings are not required, you are encouraged to wear them if you feel more comfortable or safer doing so. In addition, Stewart Theatre has a state-of-the-art UV filtration system, extra hand sanitizing stations and paperless ticketing. In the event that a performance is cancelled, all tickets will be fully refunded.