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CONTRA-TIEMPO and Las Cafeteras: joy US, just US

Event Type
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Colwell Playhouse
Nov 18, 2021   7:30 pm  
Advocate 50 / Standard 25 / SC 20 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10
Originating Calendar
Krannert Center

joyUS justUS is an immersive dance 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—the knowing and celebration of true beauty and power—has been at the root. joyUS justUS seeks to redefine the often negative narrative surrounding people of color in the United States as being underprivileged, voiceless, powerless, and victimized.

In this production, that tale is flipped through stories of joy collected from communities of color in South Los Angeles—personal truths about the power of hope, faith, family, and community. These are expressed through the rigorous social dance forms that inform CONTRA-TIEMPO’s Urban Latin Dance technique and are set to the powerful, live, East L.A. sound of son jarocho superstars Las Cafeteras. The stage hosts a community altar and is populated with local, intergenerational participants. Don’t miss this joy-filled evening that celebrates healing, connectivity, and love!

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

This performance will last approximately 60 minutes with no intermission. Following the performance join us for a dance-at-your-seat community dance party with live music by Las Cafeteras.

If you can, show your love for the arts by purchasing an “Advocate” ticket; the additional ticket cost directly benefits Krannert Center.

Tickets for this event will go on sale to the public at 10am on Tuesday, October 5. Tickets will be sold online only as mobile or print-at-home tickets and are not available for purchase by phone or at the Ticket Office counter. Before the on-sale date, please visit Krannert Center’s online ticket office to ensure you have or can create an active account. If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel welcome to contact the Ticket Office at 217.333.6280 or All 2021-2022 ticket on-sale dates are now available. To learn about early ticket-buying opportunities, please contact Krannert Center’s Advancement team: 217.333.6700 or

As part of the University of Illinois, Krannert Center follows U of I guidelines regarding face coverings and other COVID-19 safety protocols. These guidelines change as conditions change, so we will continue to adjust our practices and keep you informed throughout the season. At this time, face coverings are required in indoor university spaces such as Krannert Center. In addition, people who are NOT fully vaccinated are required to wear a face covering outdoors when they cannot practice social distancing.

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