Here’s why an East L.A. band has paired up with a dance company

East L.A. band Las Cafeteras is returning to Long Beach to team up with a dance company for a performance that will mix theater, live music, community stories and cool dance steps.

The band, which performed at the Tropicalia Music and Taco Festival last year, is teaming up with the L.A. based multilingual dance company Contra-Tiempo for a new piece called “joyUS justUS,” at the Carpenter Center Nov. 10.

In the new piece, Contra-Tiempo mixes elements of salsa, Afro-Cuban, hip-hop and contemporary dance moves with political and socially-conscious themes to tell real life stories of its dancers as well as members of the South L.A. community who shared their personal experiences during workshops.

These stories, which the Contra-Tiempo said celebrates communities and explores “joy as the ultimate expression of resistance,” via its website, will be interpreted by dancers and accompanied by live music from Las Cafeteras. The band is known for its festive and culturally rich Son Jarocho sound, an indigenous Mexican folk music that pulls influences from around the world, including African beats.

Conceived and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez, Contra-Tiempo’s artistic director, “joyUS justUS” had its world premiere in September at the University of Southern California’s Bovard Auditorium and will tour more than 20 cities over the next two years.

If You Go:

When: 8 p.m. Nov. 10

Where: Carpenter Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach

Tickets: $50

Information: carpenterarts.org

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