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Tempo Dance and Visual Art is a multidisciplinary company that works by project seeking to create, connect and share visions of the world through contemporary dance, photography, video, installation and education. TEMPO began in Mexico in 2019 under the direction of Carla Alcantara, Mexican dancer, emerging choreographer, visual artist and educator. Through her passion and commitment to building community and positively impacting others, Carla has collaborated with many artists to create artistic works in choreography and has created inspiring workshops that have impacted many.

TEMPO has participated in performances and festivals including "POP UP Dances" by New Works (Vancouver, BC), "All Over The Map" by New Works (Vancouver, BC), "Postcards Digital Short Works" by Spring Works (Ontario, Canada ) "Spring Market Festival" by VLACC (Vancouver BC), III Contemporary Dance Festival "Cuerpo al Discovered" (CDMX), “Cuerpitos Dance for Children” within the framework of the "Festival Internacional Cuerpos en Tránsito 2019" (Tijuana, MX), "Sibu International Dance Festival" (Sibu, Malaysia), "Festival Without Walls México" (Tijuana, MX), "IMARP Mostra Internacional de Dança- Imagens em Movimiento- Video dança" (Brazil), "Festival Internacional Cuerpos en Transito" (Tijuana, MX), finalist for the "Young choreographers Showcase & Price" by the company “San Diego Dance Theater" (San Diego, CA) and company selected for the International Contemporary Dance Festival of Mexico City " FIDCDMX".

TEMPO Dance & Visual Art has the privilege to be located in unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations or so called Vancouver since 2021, researching, creating and sharing artistic proposals in the hopes of creating a positive impact on people.

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Carla Alcántara

Artistic Director

Carla Alcántara is a Mexican multidisciplinary artist, dancer, emerging choreographer, photographer, videographer and educator. Born and raised in Mexico City and moved to the unceded traditional territories of the xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations or so-called Vancouver in 2021

Carla has performed, participated in creative processes of artists, choreographers, and companies, including “Lux Boreal” (Tijuana, Mexico), “8 Proyecto GATO” (Mexico City), “ARCOS Dance (Austin, TX), “Nohbords” ( Mexico City), "La Silla Danza" (Tijuana, Mexico), Charlotte Boye-Christensen (Vancouver, Canada), VLACC (Vancouver, Canada), and in festivals like "IndieFest by re:Naissance Opera", "POP Up Dances" & "All Over the Map" by New Works" (Vancouver BC) “Spring Works” (Ontario, Canada) “Without Walls” (San Diego, Ca), 12 Min Max (Vancouver, BC), SIBU International Dance Festival (Sibu, Malaysia), “Cuerpo al Despósito” (Mexico City), “Trolley Dances”/ San Diego Dance Theatre, (San Diego, CA) “Cuerpos en Tránsito” (Tijuana, MX), among others.

She holds a bachelor in Science Communications from Universidad del Valle de México in Mexico City, and was an exchange student at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, New Mexico (USA). She graduated from the "Center of Dance and Scene Production of Baja California", a program funded by the contemporary dance company “Lux Boreal” in Tijuana, Mexico, with whom she collaborated as a resident dancer and photographer for three years; and she holds an undergraduate degree as an Associate of Arts from University Canada West in Vancouver, BC. 


Aside from dance, Carla currently works as a freelance photographer and videographer, capturing her passion for movement through the lens. In 2019 she was selected as one of the “25 visions of Baja California, Mexico” for her photographic scenic work. In Canada, she has gratefully collaborated with companies including New Works, Voirelia Dance Hub, Spring Works, and Kaili Chi with “10 Ways Project” which was produced by the company “TRAction.”


Furthermore, her passion for teaching has let her share her practice with people of all ages for over eight years, guiding students through technique and imaginative and creative pathways to develop their artistic selves. Nowadays, she gratefully teaches at Shadbolt Center for the Arts, Vancouver Beauty Dance World, and occasional workshops in Mexico and Canada. 

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