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¡FLACC! 2015: Festival of Latin America Contemporary Choreographers 

When: Sept. 25-27 2015
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Between Going and Coming

In the medical world, the acronym FLACC refers to a pain-assessment scale for those who are otherwise unable to get their point across. Given the state of political/economic discourse, we thought it was an interesting choice for the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers (¡FLACC!) because, at its best, art draws a line in the sand and directs us towards something more noble. This year's three-day event explores themes of identity, immigration, gentrification, deportation, and re-appropriation through avant-garde physical adventures — border-crossings, if you will, between heart, body, and mind. Each night opens with 2014's unforgettable contributor, Zari Le'on, presenting the third of 18 dances based on Mayan creation myths. She performs with Anton Smith at the intersection of 24th and Mission, just outside the 100-year old building where the rest of the show will unfold. Other offerings include an excerpt from David Herrera Performance Company's "Touch," inspired by Dreamers who lose physical contact with family members who are sent home, and two pieces from ¡FLACC! founder Liz Durán Boubion that explore themes of destruction, consumption, and impermanence through the temporal piñata.

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