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FLACC 2019: Bridges & Bones / Puentes Y Huesos
Dance Mission Theater
San Francisco, CA
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FLACC 2019: Bridges & Bones / Puentes Y Huesos
Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers is celebrating its 6th Annual festival featuring resistant, queer, indigenous, and hybrid choreographers of the Latinx diaspora.  

With 2 weeks of performance, classes and panel discussions, Bridges & Bones is replacing ideas of borders and walls that separate and erase Latinxs in the US, by creating cultural bridges, honoring ancestors and building artistic alliances to support and unify 15 dance companies over 2 weekends at Dance Mission Theater and Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archives(BAMPFA).

WEEK 1: Bridges & Bones, San Francisco takes place at Dance Mission Theater, and 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 will bring a commissioned re-staging of choreography by Mexican dance pioneer, Jose Limón (1908-1972) titled Exiles adapted by Gary Masters and performed by Mata and Kelisha Gardeen. Exiles is Limóns retelling of the biblical story of the first immigrants, Adam and Eve, whose displacement from the garden of eden resonates globally in the present day. Mata will also be sharing an original solo choreography retracing his own steps as a Mexican immigrant titled, This is where/ I begin..  

Miguel Gutierrez is bringing a new solo that explores his relationship with this dad. Gutierrez's public lecture aims to provide an important discussion on the relationship between themes of abstraction, race, and gender. The artist will examine where performance, abstraction, race, and politics intersect in subtle ways to reveal the intricacies of how abstraction is and is not mapped onto racialized bodies and what this mapping allows or does not allow in terms of artistic and political freedom.

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 is a quartet capturing PGDCs signature multilingual Latinx contemporary dance genre integrating contemporary release technique, Latin social dances, Spanish/English dialogue and affect resourced from their shared first-generation Mexican American experience.

Join the artists after the show in a facilitated Q & A by FLACC's Co-Director, Juan Manuel Aldape Muñoz. Sat. 11/16.

LOCATION: Dance Mission Theatre
3316 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110


FREE Artist Talk with Miguel Gutierrez(NY):
Does Abstraction Belong To White People? Thinking the politics of race in contemporary dance. November 14, 4 to 6pm at The Latinx Research Center 2547 Channing Way, Berkeley
*space is limited.

Master class with Primera Generación: Latinx Hybrid Contemporary Dance
Fri. 11/15 10am-12pm.  
Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Cost: $15; "Bring a Friend" $10/person.

Master class with Gabriel Mata: Contemporary dance class with a José Limón approach.
Saturday 11/16,  1-3 pm  
Lines Dance Center (see website)
26 7th St #5, San Francisco

Bridges & Bones Performance Lab: Taught by Liz Duran Boubion and Karla Quintero  
Sunday Oct. 20  12-2:30pm
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center St, Berkeley
*FREE upon Museum Entry ($13)


FLACC at BAMPFA features 12 Latinx dance companies en movimiento divided into 2 separate programs with 7 companies featured each day. Artists will be bringing culturally nuanced, site-specific or politically charged movement installations to the architecture and community of the museum setting.  Audiences will go on a journey through various spaces to witness impactful performances in 2 different programs each day. *see flaccdanza.org

Artists include:

Friday Nov. 22

Liz Boubion & Karla Quintero
Ariadna Saenz
Randy Reyes
Gizeh Muniz
Javier Stell-Fresquez
Jocelyn Reyes

Saturday Nov. 23

Violeta Luna
Adrian Arias
David Herrera Performance Company
Zoë Klein
Liz Boubion & Karla Quintero
Ariadna Saenz

The 2019 theme BRIDGES & BONES implies the literal bridge to cross from San Francisco to the East Bay, as well as the metaphorical bridges and alliances needed to overcome the walls that separate Latinx communities and families across local and national borders. Yet bridge building can be exhausting when done alone. The weight of cultural and artistic bridge building is a physical and emotional experience that can feel much lighter if carried together. This year, 15 FLACC choreographers and their audiences have an opportunity to allow the bones of their bodies to be held within a festival that supports and recognizes them.  In some cases, artists have experienced the literal borders that they had to cross as migrants and others are grappling with how to connect with varying communities they belong to. In all cases, FLACCistas are encouraged to experiment, innovate, inspire or challenge the public gaze through the body.  FLACC is uplifting our community and entering new spaces to form a bridge that becomes stronger together.


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


Arts > Burlesque & Cabaret
Arts > Dance
Arts > Literary
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Education > Workshops
Music > Experimental
Other > Paranormal
Social > LGBT
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Minimum Age: 13
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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