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Value of Contemporary Dance for Latinxs?

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Dear community,

Our 3rd Annual Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers ¡FLACC! 2016 is right around the corner and we don’t want you to miss this opportunity to support marginalized Latinx and Native dance makers in our vulnerable political climate. Be sure to purchase tickets on-line because prices rise at the door.  http://flacc2016.bpt.me/  

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Zoe Klein is on the UC Berkeley panel and performing Sunday 12/11, 4pm. Her work stems from her experience as a tans-national adoptee from Colombia.

Also, we are excited to engage in a dialogue with UC Berkeley working groups tomorrow, Saturday Dec. 3rd 1-2:30 PM

FLACC artists Zoe Kein, Sabrina Castillo, Diana Lara and Sebastian Hernandez will be sitting on the panel with 2015 Flaccista and moderator, Juan Manuel Aldape.

Register to reserve your seat here:

 

 

 

And here is my statement about the value of Contemporary Dance for Latin American Communities (a question posed to FLACC artists by Emmaly Wiederholdt for her upcoming article in Stance on Dance (more coming soon):

What is the value of contemporary dance to the Latin American community? 

Liz Duran Boubion: I think the value of contemporary dance in Latin American communities or in any community, is subjectively assessed and really varies across borders, economic class and cross-culturally within the diaspora. FLACC is in the process of finding out what that value is for people, by creating this platform for Latinx and Native voices in San Francisco.  

As artists, it is easy to say this has tremendous value for us personally, because it affirms that this huge part of our identity (Latinx) has value within the dominant culture of contemporary dance that has historically given limited access to our people. Ballet, Modern Dance, aerial dance, “high art” performance in general, is expensive and requires a lot of compromise and sacrifice for the working class, or undocumented, to both train or attend shows.  

For Latinos who are educated, privileged and do have access, I would say that “Tradition”, and in this case, “traditional dance”, is one of the highest values as a way to preserve our culture, which presents a bit of a challenge for FLACC.  Contemporary dance threatens to erase that tradition based on the western roots of our movement languages as well as the overtly queer, feminist or indigenous voices we support. However, FLACC is a space for the mestizaje de danza, where the multi-lingual dancer emerges. Meaning, we are versed in different dance styles and can bring our “culturally-mixed bodies” (and voices) to the stage.  As the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers forms this “new tradition”, FLACCistas get to make innovative choices about the amount of “translating” they do for their artistry and for their audiences.

Like the breaking of a Piñata, FLACC breaks stereo-typical portrayals of Latinxs for white audiences, and it breaks the tradition of hetero-normative dances that assign patriarchal gender roles. It also breaks open the “recognizable or familiar” and allows for individuality, a tilted axis of perception and the naked truth of our lived experience to pour out.

…AND…We got PRESS! Enjoy the read… http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/11/29/dance-card-showcase-for-contemporary-latin-american-choreographers/

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Karla Quintero-Her Excerpt from “If Mars” will be featured on Saturday’s program Las Mujeres- Coreógrafas Latinas Internacional. 12/10 8pm.

See more images and videos highlighting all 16 choreographers here: www.flaccdanza.org

 

 

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Sandra Pacheco Phd.- Our panel moderator after the show on Dec. 10. She is an assistant professor at CIIS and co-founder of Curanderas sin Fronteras.

Donate to the FLACC Artist FUND 

 





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Please fill our piñata! Join the Piñata Dance Collective in producing FLACC

OUR FUNDRAISING GOAL FOR FLACC 2016 :                *** $4700 ***

This is where your donations will go:

*Travel costs and lodging for 5 dancers from Guatemala!

*Lodging for 5 dancers from L.A.

*All 16 FLACC artists honorarium

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Dear Subscribers,

Piñata Dance Collective has been a little quiet for a few months.  Working on grant writing and preparations to present the 3rd Annual ¡FLACC! 2016 Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers.  This year, we have doubled our capacity and are featuring 14 Latinx Choreographers from the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New Mexico, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, and Venezuela!!! Our programming includes 3 distinct evenings of cutting-edge dance honoring the intersectionality of our struggles with a regenerative platform of visibility and resistance by Latinx contemporary dance artists.

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Friday 8pm-Remembering PULSE featuring Queer/Trans Latino coreógrafos

Saturday 8pm- Las Mujeres featuring international female coreógrafos

Sunday 4pm- Indigenistas featuring a mixed program highlighting indigenous choreographers.

see all the artists here:

Refreshments served and post-performance panel discussions each night. Special Guest facilitators TBA!

Don’t miss out on any of them! Festival Tickets are available NOW!!!

Early Bird Tickets $15! (for a limited time only)

Discount Festival Tickets

  • $25 2-day Pass/ $35 3-Day pass!!!
  • Single ticket: General Admission $27
    at the door/$20 in advance.

Buy Tickets here:

http://flacc2016.bpt.me

PANEL DISCUSSION at UCB

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Stay Tuned: Panel discussion scheduled at UC Berkeley December 3rd, facilitated by Juan Manuel Aldape, Ph.D. Candidate and 2015 FLACCista. More info TBA.

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Fundraising: We are hosting 5 dancers from a company called “Momentum” from Guatemala and 5 dancers from Primero Generation Dance from Los Angeles! Please consider donating to help with travel and boarding for our guests.  We also will be paying ALL 14 of our FLACC Choreographers an honorarium and plan to have a fundraising party in November! stay tuned! And thank you for your support.


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Momentum- Guatemala City

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ALSO…

I am adding an ALL-LEVELS Modern and Composition class on Wednesday evenings 6-7:30 at Studio Azul in Berkeley!

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Piñata @ Mbongui Square 7pm Sat/Sun. Dec. 12, 13

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Xochitl Sosa- Our Colibri- La Piñata Original… She is one of the bay area’s leading single point trapeze artists. She is amazing to work with!!!

mbongui Square flierLas posadas, winter solstice, Piñata #15 is about Love.  Vamanos! This time Piñata is in full drag and trapeze! yes! La Piñata is finally in the air! (And in drag tambien… pero en el piso) Come and see a taste of this new development with the the incredible performers of PDC: Dominique Nigro, Andrew Cortado, Xochitl Sosa, Daniel Arizmendi and Liz Duran Boubion.

Mbongui Square. We are honored to be part of this interdisciplinary performance festival curated by Byb Bibene at Zaccho Theater in the Bay View area in SF.

Tickets:  www.mbonguisquare2015.eventbrite.com
Web:  www.kiandanda-dance.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MbonguiSquare?ref=hl

Mbongui Square is an annual arts event organized by Kiandanda Dance Theater, which gathers dance, music, visual arts and spoken word artists of varied styles and artistic choices, from the Bay Area and across the world for a sharing of their talent and art.
What defines Mbongui Square is interdisciplinary arts + multicultural community.

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Daniel Arizmendi- Sneak peek at our Piñata Queen in rehearsal..come see her dance in full drag this weekend!

 

¡FLACC!, Piñata Dance Collective and more…

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Ready to see some dance? don’t tell me the last time you saw a modern-contemporary dance performance was back in college in your art appreciation class?  Oh where or where do our audiences go?  Somehow, dance seems to be the least attended of the art forms unless you are a dancer yourself or you happen to live with one. Lets break that paradigm! Come support 7 amazingly talented choreographers and their collaborators from the Latin@ diaspora at Mission Cultural Center September 25-27, join the panel discussion at CIIS on Sept. 19 and take some low-cost master classes during Latin American History Month with incredible teachers .  ~~~Allow yourself to move and be moved~~~~~  Contact us about bringing your students for a discounted group rate.

*Get your PRE-SALE TICKETS until Sept. 1st.* Prices go up in 2 weeks!* For all details about our SHOW, FREE PANEL DISCUSSION and our FLACC Friday’s TEACHING SERIES in September. See www.flaccdanza.org

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ALSO, check out my latest piece this weekend 8/15-8/16 at 7pm. Reception to follow!

“Broken” 10 minute solo

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“Broken” is traversing the landscape of a fragmented Piñata with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADHD, OCD, depression and a good dose of Dharma wisdom. With a multi-media video and dance performance, “Broken” dissects the nature of impermanence, life and tissue paper.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1443001836007888/

Location: SafeHouse Arts, 1 Grove, San Francisco (across the street from the Main Library above Burger King- civic center Bart.)

Time: Saturday/Sunday 8/15-8/16 7pm- *Don’t Be Late!*  And join us for a reception after the show.

Tickets https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/898539

SEE Short Video Clip from “BROKEN”

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Photo credit: Su Pang

Take 5- ODC Mott Studio Sept. 11, 5pm

Please come and give your feedback to the Piñata Dance Collective  (Liz Boubion, Emmeline Gonzalez- Beban, Dominique Nigro, Liz Anders).  We want your feedback as we develop our piece for FLACC , Mobongui Square, and Piñata En La’Air .

Take 5

Fri. Sept 11, 2015 5:00pm
Buy Tickets at the Door
Tickets $5

***Be a shareholder in the creative process. See works in progress from dance artists. Discuss what you saw, what resonated, and what sparked questions. Then, exercise your share to award an artist with 15 hours of free rehearsal time.

This upcoming Take 5 will feature works in progress from Luis Valverde, Ayana Yonesaka and Elizabeth Boubion.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1695841283983448/1696461487254761/

 

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Hola Querid@s,

10988507_264368233733558_2352733527797803899_o11336922_10203007507227012_1061917867089892661_oI am pleased to share that I am once again traveling in Guadalajara, Jalisco MX at the moment to teach workshops and perform at Meditapalpa and Makani School for the Arts. Dale!  So much has happened since last summer during my 1st residency here…  the birth of a new baby by Ailyn Arelles and Ramón Vasquez, (my dear friends and hosts)… bringing my students, Victor and Marlet to Oakland last October for our 1st Annual ¡FLACC!…receiving my first Dance grant by the Zellerbach Family Foundation last January, choreographing a new piñata deconstruction to perform in several venues in the bay area, and finaliamente, developing a harmonious partnerships with Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, California Institute of Integral Studies and the FLACC co-founders, Juan Aldape, Zari Le’On, Cathy Davalos and Rogelio Lopez as we prepare for our 2nd Annual Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers (!FLACC!) September 25-27.

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!FLACC! 2015, includes ***a 3-night run of the show*** the *** FLACC FRIDAY teaching series***, and a ***panel discussion at CIIS!

The Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers is proud to present 7 creadores en movimiento on Sept 25-27.  We are: Piñata Dance Collective, David Herrera Performance Company, Rogelio Lopez and Dancers, Davalos Dance, Zari Le’On Dance Theater, Detour Dance and Juan Aldape.

Our FLACC FRIDAY Teaching series includes: Arturo Fernandes (Lines Contemporary Ballet), Cathy Davalos(Modern), Zari Le’On (Contemporary Vernacular), Diana Lara( Somatics), Emmeline Gonzalez-Beban(Folklorico), Rogelio Lopez(Release Technique), Liz Boubion(Contact Improvisation and Contemporary/Modern Dance)

Our Panel Discussion will be sponsored by the Center for Art and Social Change at California Institute of Integral Studies. Sept. 19. 6pm. ¡FLACC! featured artists will have the opportunity to discuss how identity reveals itself through their artistry and about the relevance of ¡FLACC! personally, artistically, socially or politically as the only annual festival of its kind on the West Coast that celebrates contemporary choreographers of the Latin@ diaspora.

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Read this review about the Piñata Dance Collective last year in Guadalajara http://amapolacultura.com/temporario-contemporaneo/

With all of the wonderful dancing on our plate, new dancers to feed and a big festival to produce, the Piñata Dance Collective needs your help even more this year as we grow our company.

Please consider donating to our work that supports the artistic voices of Latin@ contemporary choreographers and organizers. Your donation feeds our artists, gets the Piñata in the air (on a bungee in November), and develops ¡FLACC! 2015 at MCCLA!

Your support is what keeps us placing beauty and truth at the center of our culture… giving us a place to gather, a place to think, to be touched, moved and possibly, transformed.

*Piñata Dance Collective (PDC) is fiscally sponsored by ABD Productions

*!FLACC! is a project of PDC and is fiscally sponsored by the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts



Muchas Gracias para su generosidad!

Con agradecimiento,

Elizabeth Duran Boubion,

Managing/Artistic Director of PDC and FLACC

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Piñata Dance Collective/Dance Anywhere March 2015/ MCCLA

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So much is brewing with the Piñata Dance Collective and the 2nd Annual ¡FLACC! Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers. See my new class schedule below, see the new website for ¡FLACC! flaccdanza.org and enjoy the promo video above!

As Artistic and Executive Director of PDC and ¡FLACC!  I’m excited to announce that based on the huge success of  last year’s festival, this year, 8 more choreographers will be presented by the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in SF Sept. 25-27 2015! We are very grateful for the generous support from MCCLA as our host and fiscal sponsors in the heart of the Mission in S.F. making contemporary dance more accessible to our Chicano/a,Latino/a constituency and creating a platform for us as artists to  connect and share our work.

SAVE THE DATE for 2nd Annual ¡FLACC! 2015 Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers 2015 Sept. 25-27 Featured Choreographers:  Dance Monks, Detour Dance, Juan Aldape, Rogelio Lopez and Dancers, Davalos Dance Company and Piñata Dance Collective. Location:  Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts- 2868 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110

Save the date for the ¡FLACC! Panel Discussion Sept. 12, 2015 : Artists will have a chance to talk about their  work, Identity/Latinidad and how heritage shows up artistically and how this festival is relevant personally, artistically or politically.  Facilitated by Juan Aldape, Ph.D Candidate, UCBerkely.  Location: Center for Art and Social Justice- California Institute for Integral Studies. 1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Currently, ¡FLACC! organizers are Liz Duran Boubion, CatherineMarie Davalos, Zari Le’on, Rogelio Lopez and Juan Aldape.

Also, below is my weekly dance class schedule. Click on the titles for details. I look forward to seeing you dance! ~ Abrazos, Liz

Adult Intermediate Modern *TIME CHANGE!* Join me on Monday’s 11:30-1pm at Shawl Anderson Dance Center!

Modern Dance for youth ages 8-14. Fridays 4pm-5pm- Ah-Lan Chinese Dance Academy, El Cerrito, Ca.

Family Yoga Oakland YMCA Fridays 6:30-7:20

Motivational Movement and Music for Elders 2 locations: Senior Access, San Rafael, Ca. Thurs. 10:30-12pm, The Point in Rockridge, Oakland, Ca.- Tuesdays 10-11am

Private Movement Coaching– Somatic Therapy or Contemporary Dance Technique- based on a time we decide.