The Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers (FLACC) is celebrating its 6th Annual dance festival featuring resistant, queer, indigenous, and hybrid choreographers of the Latinx diaspora who cross cultural, physical, and aesthetic borders of tradition to abstraction. FLACC is offering 2+ weeks of dynamic performances, master classes, and panel discussions across the bay in four venues. For the first time, the festival performances are spanning from San Francisco’s Dance Mission Theater to the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA).
Bridges & Bones/San Francisco: Dance Mission Theater/ On Nov 15 & 16- FLACC features 3 groundbreaking choreographers performing complete works on a proscenium stage representing a unique take on the Latinx contemporary dance cannon through time. Gabriel Mata and Kalisha Gardeen are re-staging choreography by Mexican dance pioneer, Jose Limón (1908-1972); “Exiles”. Mata will also be sharing an original solo choreography retracing his own steps as a Mexican immigrant titled, ‘This is where/ I begin. Similarly, NY based artist Miguel Gutierrez is bringing a politically charged solo challenging notions of the public gaze on Latinidad, gender and sexuality. Gutierrez’s will also lead public lecture and performance aim to provide an important discussion on the relationship between themes of abstraction, race, gender and politics. Finally Primera Generación Dance Collective is decolonizing the typical top-down hierarchies of western modern dance companies as a collaborative group of artists presenting a new work titled, “desmadre” (messiness). “desmadre”
Bridges & Bones/ East Bay: (BAMPFA)/ Nov 22nd and 23rd- Artists will be bringing culturally nuanced, site-specific or politically charged movement installations to the expansive architecture of the museum setting. Artists include: NAKA Dance Theater with Mujeres Unidas y Activas, Gizeh Muniz (SF), Javier Stell-Fresquez (Oakland), Randy Reyes (SF), David Herrera Performance Company (SF), Jocelyn Reyes (SF), Zoe Klein Productions (Oakland), Adrian Arias (Oakland), and Ariadna Saenz (San Diego), world renowned SF artist Violeta Luna and finally Liz Duran Boubion (Oakland) and Karla Quintero (Oakland).
Programming varies. See FLACC website for artist details, classes and workshops.