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FLACC 2020: EL GRITO
September 16, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 18, 2020
Resistant, queer, indigenous, international and hybrid choreographers of the Latinx diaspora raising their voices every Wednesday on Zoom and Facebook Live.
Second generation Chicana and queer Artistic Director, Liz Duran Boubion(US/MX) has curated 9 consecutive weeks of virtual dance performances, conversations and lecture demonstrations by prominent members of the international Latinx dance community putting Indigeneity, Afro-Latinidad, Queer Latinx Performance, Immigrant worker rights and Colorism in Latin America at the forefront of the pre-election dance festival every Wednesday.
FLACC 2020’s featured dance makers are responding to the curatorial theme “El Grito” with a contemporary and emergent act of solidarity during a global pandemic. “El Grito” (The Scream) is referring to an historically rooted demonstration that takes place every year on September 16th, marking Mexican Independence Day. El Grito originally took place in 1810, when Father Miguel Hidalgo urged the people to revolt against Spanish rule in Dolores, Mexico with a call and response speech that included crying out the names of revolutionaries that led to their liberation. The call and response of El Grito (call the name… respond “¡VIVA!”) is used all over Latin America as a way to bring the people together for social change.
What do you live for, cry for or fight for?
Víva qué? Víva quien? Víva por qué?
Who has moved you toward liberation?
What/who/how do we honor our sources of inspiration or survival?
In what ways can you call or respond to your community right now?
How does El Grito exist in your body?
In its 7th rendition, FLACC continues to act as a premier resource for the contemporary arts sector by pushing for narratives and personal stories that are not easy to find in the typically hetero-normative arena of traditional Latinx dance forms nor in the typically white-dominated world of U.S. contemporary modern dance. Dancers out of work and greatly impacted by shelter in place mandates of COVID 19 need your support and solidarity to spread the word, donate and put FLACC on your calendar in a crucial time when we need to reimagine a dignified and just society for us all. Let us reinvent reality together.