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[theatre] FLACC 2019: Bridges & Bones/ Puentes Y Huesos // SF & Berkeley

The Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers (FLACC) is celebrating its 6th Annual dance festival with the theme “Bridges & Bones/ Puentes Y Huesos”.

Nov. 22- 23, 7-10pm
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
2155 Center St, Berkeley.

  • Featuring resistant, queer, indigenous, and hybrid choreographers of the Latinx diaspora who cross cultural, physical, and aesthetic borders of tradition to abstraction.
  • Co-directors Liz Duran Boubion and Juan Manuel Aldape Muñoz have curated 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.

The 2019 theme Bridges & Bones/ Puentes Y Huesos serves as a frame for work that explores topics around socio-political topics Latinx people are enduring nationally.

Bridges & Bones provides an opportunity, for FLACCistas and audiences alike, to come together and examine narratives of and from a Latinx gaze, be it about direct or ancestral origins, acculturation and totemic wisdom, the LGBTQ identity, and a multitude of other intersections that in time become the very material with which Latinxs build bridges.




Weekend 1:


Friday / Saturday Nov. 15-16, 8-10pm

Dance Mission Theater
3316 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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 Limón’s 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 politically charged solo challenging notions of the public gaze on Latinidad, gender and sexuality. Gutierrez’s public lecture and performance aim 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 PGDC’s 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.

Tickets: $22 (students/seniors in advance); $27 (general advance)/

$25 student/seniors/door/ $32 (door); (special discount code fo FLACCistas)




Weekend 2:


Sunday Nov. 22- 23, 4-6pm

Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

2155 Center St, Berkeley

Bridges & Bones/East Bay at Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) will feature 13 Latinx coreógrafos en movimiento divided into 2 separate programs with 7 featured choreographers on Friday and another 7 choreographers on Saturday during open museum hours. Artists will be bringing culturally nuanced, site-specific or politically charged movement installations to the expansive architecture of the museum setting. Audiences will go on a journey through various spaces to witness impactful performances each day with a post-show panel discussions to follow.

This program at BAMPFA will feature works by choreographers: 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)

Pay at the door: $13 General admission, $11 Non-UC Berkeley students, disabled, 65+ FREE BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff; 18 & under; one adult per child 13 & under; and artists in the BAMPFA collection/MATRIX

Wheelchair accessible


Post show Q& A on Sat. Nov. 16, Friday Nov 22nd and Sat. Nov 23rd

November 23 2019


Date: 11/23/2019
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cost: $15 – $35
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Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

2155 Center St, Berkeley

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