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STREET CLOSURE 18TH STREET between Church St. and Dolores St. Mission Creek Corridor

3750 18th Street

San Francisco, CA 94114

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FLACC 2021: sii agua sí Latinx & Indigenous Dance Festival honors the waterways of Yelamu and 5,700 Native Ancestors at Mission Dolores

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8th Annual

FESTIVAL OF LATIN AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY CHOREOGRAPHERS

FLACC 2021: sii agua sí

In response to Covid 19, FLACC will inaugurate their first outdoor dance festival with a day-long street closure to activate the Native American Heritage Site at Dolores Park and remember the waterways on the 18th Street/Mission Creek Corridor (between Church and Dolores Streets) in "sii agua sí". In partnership with Ohlone leaders, local artists and Dance Mission Theater, this ritual performance intervention will bring awareness to the blocked and soil-filled waterways in Yelamu (what is now known as San Francisco) and will memorialize the 5,700 Indigenous ancestors buried in the Mission Dolores cemetery during early colonization.

FLACC 2021: sii agua sí (water water yes) - "sii" is the Ohlone word for "water." Through community rituals, live visual and performance installations, sii agua si is symbolically re-filling the site with water (sii) to bring awareness and healing to a painful history of genocide and ecocide that seeps beneath the streets of the Mission District.

By re-imagining the natural creeks, lagoons and waterways in sii agua sí, FLACC honors the former natural landscape and its ancestors who fell victim to ecocide and genocide due to industrialism and colonization. FLACC acknowledges the attempted extermination of Ohlone Ramaytush, Miwok, Mutsun, Chochenyo, Rumsen, Muwekma and the surrounding original people. This festival is an opportunity for their descendants to share practices that promise to restore waterways and honor their ancestors. Through a long-term relationship building process, FLACC hopes to bring allies of religious, cultural and educational institutions within the neighborhood into a space of action and solidarity among Indigenous landback and water rights movements. The festival aims to grow capacity within contemporary Latinx arts communities to support Indigenous led healing.

FLACC’s founding artistic director and lead curator, Liz Duran Boubion, invited a team of local Latinx and indigenous curators and organizers who will guide the festival vision, follow Ohlone Protocol, centralize the voices of indigenous culture bearers, while building alliances with Latinx contemporary dance artists. Curation team includes:

Kanyon Sayers-Roods (Ohlone Mutsun Culture Bearer)

Snowflake Calvert (Two spirit Yaqui, Raramuri and Tzotzil Mayan Dancer)

Stephanie Sherman (Choreographer and Latin American Studies Scholar)

FLACC’s Managing Director: Zoë Klein (Colombia/US)

FLACC’s Production Manager: Emelia Martinez Brumbaugh (US/MX)

The intersections and histories of indigeneity and Latinidad in California are often misrepresented. The festival will open the conversation to the public in a Zoom panel discussion the week leading up to the festival.

Featured Artists and Culture Bearers:

Kanyon Sayers-Roods (Ohlone Mutsun and Chumash)

Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe Hummaya singers and Dancers

Gregg Castro (Ohlone Ramaytush)

Violeta Luna (US/MX)

Kevin Gaytan (MX/US)

Mariana Sobral (Argentina/US)

Alex Escalante (MX/US)

FLACC Community Dancers

Mission High School Art Students

Muralists:

Adrian Arias (Peru/US)

Pancho Peskador (Chile/US)

Video Projection:

Ben Wood (England/US)

~~~~~~~~LIMITED SEATING~~~~~~~

FLACC will be adhering to SFDPH Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Directives and will stay up-to-date on the City's responses and current COVID-19 data. Masks will be required for entry. FLACC’s advocacy practices provide Spanish/English Interpreter services by Andreina Maldonado.

FLACC is fiscally sponsored by Dancers’ Group. Funding and support provided by: San Francisco Arts Commission, Zellerbach Family Foundation, San Francisco Grants for The Arts, California Arts Commission, Fleishhacker Foundation, community partners, and generous individuals.

www.flaccdanza.org


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Photo Credit: Fernando S. Gallegos/Kanyon Sayers-Roods "Coyote Woman"


		FLACC 2021: sii agua sí image

Photo Credit: Hector Jaime/Kevin Gaytan


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The Laguna Dolores was a block away from the Misión Dolores (formally known as Mission San Francisco de Asis), and Mission creek flowed on the 18th street side of Dolores Park in front of Mission High School where we will host the event. These waterways were filled with soil and sand in the early 1900's and continue to resist human intervention by flooding some basements in the area today.


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STREET CLOSURE 18TH STREET between Church St. and Dolores St. Mission Creek Corridor

3750 18th Street

San Francisco, CA 94114

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Organizer FLACC/Piñata Dance Collective

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Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers (FLACC) is an annual dance festival in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a project of the Pinata Dance Collective.

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