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CatScratch Theatre

Now an annual event at Irondale, Flicfest is a Festival of Feature-length Independent Choreography. Each evening of FLICfest will include two feature-length dance theater works followed by a performance cabaret in the balcony lounge.

FLIC aims to bring great performance to a new audience as well as create a strong sense of community and a forum for the exchange of ideas among independent choreographers.

FLICfest 2012 images by Julie Lemberger


January 22-31, 2015
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Thursday, January 22
7:30 André Zachary
9:00 Jin Ju Song-Begin

Friday, January 23
7:30 Nicole Wolcott
9:00 Mana Hashimoto

Saturday, January 24
7:30 John Zullo
9:00 CatScratch Theatre

Thursday, January 29
7:30 John Zullo
9:00 Mana Hashimoto

Friday, January 30
7:30 Jin Ju Song-Begin
9:00 CatScratch Theatre

Saturday, January 31
7:30 André Zachary
9:00 Nicole Wolcott

The Inscription Project | World Premiere
Andre M. Zachery
Andre M. Zachery presents a unique fusion of low floor flying technique, contemporary release forms, hip-hop and capoeira in The Inscription Project. This dance-theater work explores graffiti as a form of Afrofuturism through the use of movement, media and dramaturgy and delves into this anonymous art and its transformation of the urban landscape.

NEVEREND | U.S. Premiere
Jin Ju Song-Begin
Korean-born Jun Ju-Begin has created a dance for eight that explores the journey from birth to death through a musical mediation on the four seasons. Stemming from a Buddhist upbringing honoring re-incarnation, this work reflects on life and the delicacy of its existence even after the cycle completes itself and only memories remain.

PaperPieces | Encore Performance
Nicole Wolcott
In PaperPieces, Nicole Wolcott uses dance theater, spectacle and papered architecture to explore a world of awkward moments exposed, tender collision, and mundane survival. Performed in Fall of 2014 to sold out audiences, tThe protagonist is naïve in a snow globe of memories—resurrecting paper into a costume, a place, a lover and a metaphor for disappearing memories.

Stories of the Blind; Light, Shadow and Wind | U.S. Premiere and Re-Staging
Mana Hashimoto
Mana Hashimoto presents a contemporary solo that conveys her personal experience of life before and after losing her eyesight. She candidly displays the inherent projections the world places on the disabled, and the anxieties one walk through each day in accomplishing basic tasks that no longer seem basic. This honest account of reality provides audiences with an authentic experience—one of overcoming being marginalized and pitied, to be put on a pedestal as an idealized hero and to transform the perceived weakness into a source of strength.

The Architecture of Proximity | World Premiere
John J Zullo/Raw Movement
Movement architect John J Zullo combines elements of modern dance, vogueing, gestural and impulse generated movement in The Architecture of Proximity. This immersive performance experience explores the relationship between the architecture of spaces and the physical, psychological and emotional effects on the body. What happens when more bodies are introduced into a smaller and smaller space? The work navigates between spectator and performer as borders are created, established and erased.

Kiri no Jikan (In the in Between) | World Premiere
Kaoru Ikeda and Jeramy Zimmerman/CatScratch Theatre
In Kiri no Jikan, two women struggle for harmony and search for stability in an ever-changing landscape. Separated at first by time and geography, the women find support and common ground in and among hundreds of pounds of rice. Combining minimalist formality and improvisational structure, CatScratch Theatre creates a world that allows each viewer to experience the work uniquely.

FLICfest was founded by CatScratch Theatre Artistic Director Jeramy Zimmerman in 2010 and is produced by The Irondale Center.

car2go is a sponsor of FLICfest 2015.

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Production made possible through Irondale's Emerging Artist Space Subsidy Grant
with funding from the Booth Ferris Foundation, Brooklyn Community Foundation,
and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.