FLICfest, now in its second year, is the first Brooklyn festival dedicated solely to the art of the feature-length dance.
FLICfest (Feature-Length Independent Choreography festival), now in its second year, is the first Brooklyn festival dedicated solely to the art of the feature-length dance. Because feature-length dance is an important form for the exploration of adventurous art and cutting-edge ideas, FLICfest gives artists a platform to explore the depth of their visions and for audiences to embrace adventurous work.
FLICfest strives to cement Brooklyn as a renowned destination for creativity and leadership in modern dance, while simultaneously strengthening the dance community through a platform for sharing ideas and information.
FLICfest premiered in January 2011. FLICfest is the first dance festival in New York City dedicated solely to the art of feature-length dance. The festival, founded by Jeramy Zimmerman, Director of CatScratch Theatre, is a co-production of CatScratch Theatre and The Irondale Center. FLICfest addresses a growing sense frustration with typical dance festivals in NYC; particularly their strict time limitations (making them more showcases than legitimate festivals).
FLICfest performances take place in six evenings, over two weekends. In that time, FLICfest presents the work of 12 choreographers on the main stage, plus informal after-hours cabaret performances in the FLICfest lounge, showcasing a wide variety of performance styles. This format will continue with the presentation of FLICfest 2012, with the addition of weekday dance workshops and weekend professional development panel discussions.
The 2011 inaugural year of FLICfest was a resounding success, received with critical acclaim, sold-out evenings, and broad press coverage in outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, New York Magazine, TimeOut New York and CultureBot. The inaugural festival included the work of Jonah Bokaer, Tami Stronach and Dušan Týnek, as well as premiere works by Layard Thompson and Operation CMYK.
Now in our second year, FLICfest 2012 will continue to present artists who represent a diverse theatrical aesthetic and who investigate the form through unique means. Each evening of FLICfest consists of two mainstage performances, at 7:30 and 9:00, followed by the Cabaret. In 2012 we are adding two public education programs: a series of artist-led classes and workshops, as well as two Saturday afternoon panel discussions: one focused on the creative process involved in making feature-length work, and the other on the opportunities and challenges of self-producing.
FLICfest 2012 choreographers are: Adrian Jevicki and Ran Shayo, Brittany Bailey, Carlos A Cruz-Velazquez, Elke Luyten, Erica Essner, Jordan Fuchs, Keith Thompson, Mana Kawamura, Merrymakers Dance, Niles Ford, Robin Neveu Brown, and Company SoGoNo.
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