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Dance Mission Theater
San Francisco, CA
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FLACC 2017 featured artists will include:

*Violeta Luna (SF) / (*note, Violeta will not be performing on Friday. She will only be performing on Sat & Sun)
*Alfonso Cervera & Irvin Gonzalez (Los Angeles)
*Tranze Producciones (Mexicali)
*Zoë Klein Productions (SF)
*Caleb Luna (Oakland)
*Vincent Chavez (SF)
*Piñata Dance Collective (SF/Oakland)
*Davalos Dance Company (SF)

For the last 4 years, FLACC has been breaking through the Bay Areas dance scene with an exhilarating array of multi-media dance-theater performances celebrating over 30 local and visiting Chicano/Latino and Indigenous choreographers from the U.S. and Latin America.   This year's festival theme, REST/UNREST, conceived by one of FLACCs rotating curators, Juan Manuel Aldape Muñoz, is intended to support communities who are directly impacted by current xenophobic, sexist, and anti-LGBTQI policies.   Its purpose is to highlight the various strategies that Latina/o/x and Native choreographers use to regain their energy in the company of each other, to take care of each other in the face of oppression, and to acknowledge the people and places that have been lost due to police state violence and the silencing of our community members.

Departing  from traditional and folkloric dance forms that typically represent Latino constituencies, FLACCs culturally nuanced, hybridized and politically charged dance genre is bringing a refreshing perspective to the contemporary dance sector, igniting conversations with dance-theater enthusiasts and Latinos internationally.

With its founding mission to establish a supportive community for marginalized Latina/o/x voices of innovation and social change, FLACC continues to focus on non-traditional experimentation, performance and community building. In addition to the annual showcase, FLACC has added an artist feedback showing to bring the artists out of isolation and into dialog as their work develops, FLACC offers master classes by leading Latino dance artists, and public discourse about identity politics, oppressive policies and the impact of performance art.

For more info see: www.flaccdanza.org

About the featured artists:

Violeta Luna (SF/MX). *note, Violeta will not be performing on Friday. She will only be performing on Sat & Sun)
Working within a multidimensional space that allows for the crossing of aesthetic and conceptual borders, Luna uses her body as a territory to question and comment on social and political phenomena. While primarily working as a solo performer, she is also an associate artist of the San Francisco-based performance collectives La Pocha Nostra and Secos & Mojados. She is a Creative Capital and National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Fellow, and a member of The Magdalena Project: International Network of Women in Contemporary Theatre. Luna is bringing a section of a 3 part series: Requiem 3: Fosas Cuerpo.  It is a poetic action intent in rescuing the memory and reclaim the humanity of those buried in Mexican mass graves. Grounded in an inclusive and public creative space, it questions and reveals the impunity of an institutional machine devised to impede the right to access truth, justice, and mourning. www.violetaluna.com

Zarina Mendoza (Tranze Producciones, Mexicali, MX) is bringing four dancers to give a 360-degree performance that expresses the challenging task of moving through the conditions created when conservatism, homophobia, narcissism, and arrogance share a constrained space.

Alfonso Cervera and Irvin Gonzalez (Los Angeles,CA) dissect what it means to be a bi-cultural body, one that negotiates the complex relationships between ballet folklorico, labor, queerness and Mexican-American identity. This contemporary dance journeys with two males who explore their relationships within the concepts of machismo, labor, and femininity.  

Caleb Luna (Oakland, CA) is a working-class, fat, brown queer whose work explores the intersections of fatness, desire, fetishism, white supremacy, and colonialism from a queer of color lens. Their work will offer alternative possibilities for pleasure through burlesque.

Piñata Dance Collective (San Francisco/Oakland) Founding director of FLACC, Liz Duran Boubion is performing a response to rape culture and our current patriarchy in a piece titled Dont Grab. She will be accompanied by an original sound score by David Molina, an award winning bay area composer. www.lizboubion.org

Vincent Chavez (SF) was born in Albuquerque, NM, where he raised livestock, rode and broke horses with his Dad. At age 17, he received dance training from Dance Theatre Southwest, Ballet Hispanico, Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre and the LINES Ballet Training Program. Chavez is bringing a solo contemporary dance about following a destiny that is true to ourselves. www.vincentchavez.com

CatherineMarie Davalos (Davalos Dance Company, SF) Founding member of FLACC, Davalos is reconstructing a piece titled:"Nowhere to Hide", inspired by the song "Las Golondrinas." The lyrics about the swallow leaving home are a metaphor for the border-crossing Mexican. Leaving the homeland is a loss of identity, place and space. www.davalosdance.org

Zoë Klein Productions (SF) is presenting an acrobatic dance inspired by the political loopholes that make adoptees vulnerable to deportation. She makes work from her experience as an indigenous international adoptee, born in Bogotá, Colombia and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Zoë has toured 28 countries over 6 continents co-directing acrobatic dance company Paradizo Dance, which has won multiple awards, was seen on So You Think You Can Dance, and was a top Finalist on Americas Got Talent 2009. www.paradizodance.com

What the press has to say:

"Embracing the interdisciplinary nature of dance theater, many of the choreographers explore an array of practices and devices in their pieces. Two threads running through the programs are a commitment to storytelling and an engagement with text."
- Andrew Gilbert 9-29-16, San Jose Mercury News

"In a form dominated by the white Western purview, a contemporary dance festival that specifically gives voice to Latin American artists allows for discussion on cultural identity."
- Emmaly Wiederholt 12-5-16, Stance on Dance

"The evenings were well-attended and received tremendous feedback from Latin American dance artists..." - Jessi Phillips 9-22-15, SF Weekly

*FLACC is fiscally sponsored by Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Funding and support provided by San Francisco Arts Commission, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Philip & Myn Rootberg Foundation, community partners and generous individuals.


Dance Mission Theater (View)
3316 24th St. @ Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States


Arts > Burlesque & Cabaret
Arts > Circus
Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Other > Festivals
Other > Health & Wellness
Other > Political
Social > LGBT

Minimum Age: 16
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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