Alvin Mayes’ research involves making dance for diverse communities. In summer 2012 he was invited to Manta, Ecuador to work with contemporary dance company Compañía Ceibadanza. Los Ojos Sobre Manabí, which he created there, was accepted into XI Festival Internacional “Fragmentos de Junio” 2013 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. In summer 2013 he received a grant from the Greenbaum Charitable Foundation to return to Ecuador to create a new work for the youth of Manta, Escenas del Oeste, and a collaborative work with Compañía Ceibadanza, Momentos en Tiempo (por fotografías de nos famílias) and Désdamona.

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