“Agua Furiosa,” a new dance-theater work from L.A.-based multilingual company CONTRA-TIEMPO, opens at UCLA on Thursday, Jan. 14 with performances running through through Jan. 24. The world premiere is presented by Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA) in collaboration with the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance.

CONTRA-TIEMPO is known for a creative approach that blends Salsa, Afro-Cuban, hip-hop, and contemporary dance with theater, compelling text and original music. “Agua Furiosa” is charged by themes of race, identity and humanity’s relationship to water. Over the last year, the company presented a series of “Community Choregraphic Labs” across Los Angeles, inviting the public to join the dialogue around ideas that fueled the creation of the piece. The artists describe the work as “a complex and transforming conversation of race in America.”

CONTRA-TIEMPO has worked closely with CAP UCLA for five years, participating in educational experiences for K-12 audiences from across Los Angeles via Design for Sharing Demonstration Performances in Royce Hall and in serving as teaching artists at UCLA Community School.

Tickets for “Agua Furiosa” are $25 for UCLA faculty and staff, $15 for UCLA students and $29 for the general public. Purchase tickets here, where you’ll also find information about “Lobby Talks” and post-performance discussions with members of CONTRA-TIEMPO.