¡FLACC! 2018 BREAKthrough
LOCATION: Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco, California, USA
DATES: November 9-11, Fri-Sat. 8pm, Sun. 6pm. 2018
In 2018, the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers (¡FLACC!) will celebrate five years of featuring resistant, queer, indigenous, and hybrid choreographers based in the United States and Latin America. The co-curators of FLACC, Juan Manuel Aldape Muñoz and Liz Duran Boubion, want to celebrate this quintessential year with a BREAKTHROUGH experience.
The concept of “the break” is a common theme that is often associated with the Latinx experience in the United States. We break laws. We break away from traditions. Forced immigration breaks up families across borders. Yet the value of the break(through) can also be celebratory. Such as breaking open a Piñata, breaking down old paradigms, or breaking through personal and social limitations.
The Breakthrough concept can also be a site or process to consider other ways of building community, forming assemblies, and developing artistic practices. For example, there is a recovery period of regeneration after something has been fractured or cracked. The creative process itself encompasses a cycle or set of phases that each choreographer plays with in various ways. Within the cycle of building up or breaking down something, there may be a pause, avoidance or reflection time to harvest, gather, nurture or heal.
¡FLACC! is an endeavor that attempts to construct, build and assemble shattered pieces that have existed to keep Latin American and indigenous contemporary choreographers out of funding pools or out of community building practices in the bay area.
In this time of civil unrest, including political differences within families & friends, we also see transformative waves of conflict resolution, altruistic support, and a common desire to work toward peace. Through our performances, panel discussions and artist-to-artist feedback processes, FLACC is offering opportunities to create new relationships that are more essential, transparent, and intimate.
FLACC has asked the eight 2018 featured choreographers to respond to the idea of breaking through, reflecting on what phase of a creative process are they in and what are they breaking through artistically, politically or personally at this time. For 2018, the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers has welcomed performance entries that examine, but are not limited to, the following ideas or themes:
FLACC’s three-day festival will be at Dance Mission Theater opening with a performance ritual by a local conceptual artist, Adrian Arias, who will be breaking through a plastic cocoon. FLACC is featuring 5 additional local companies including: David Herrera Performance Company, La Mezcla (Vanessa Sanchez), Diana Lara, Piñata Dance Collective, Randy Reyes; and 3 visiting visiting companies including: Twin sisters, Marisa and Maribel Plasencia(Santa Barbara, CA), Arts & Above(Missoula, MT) and Fabiola Guillén(MX) who is bringing a group of 7 dancers from Puebla, Mexico presenting a piece confronting the restrictions of religion and sexuality. The show will include post-show panel discussions on Friday and Saturday and conclude with a 5th Annual FLACC birthday reception ceremony on Sunday Nov. 11 after the show.