January 23 through
February 1, 2014
The Irondale Center
Ft. Greene, Brooklyn

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Additional Program Notes for 2/1

Audio credits for CJ Holm's Rare Birds

The audio for Rare Birds was created and uploaded by users of freesounds.org, and edited by CJ Holm.

The audio for Rare Birds was created and uploaded by users of freesounds.org, and edited by CJ Holm.
“Rocket roar looping” by plymouthjclifford
“Subway” by manicola
“Metal chimes by department64
“Jingling braids” by department64
“Breeze” by kewldog
“Breeze wind 6″ by mario12
“Stonecave with water” by xdimebagx
“NYC subway pass” by rhumphries
“Rockslide” by justkiddink
“Propeller aircraft flyover” by ljudboy



Additional program notes for Vanessa Walter’s Ripening/Yield


Lighting by Steven Royal 

Peter Salett loves making all kinds of music, whether it be scoring art films (Down in the Valley, with Edward Norton), writing silly songs for studio comedies (the Dracula puppet musical in Forgetting Sarah Marshall), releasing 7 of his own records, or creating eerie atmospheric pieces for Ripening.

Le Chev (Michael Laine Cheever) is the legendary music producer from Chicago, living in New York City, with a "transporting vast" (pitchfork) sound.  In the past year Le Chev collaborations include - Matthew Barney, Jonathan Bepler, Frankie Rose, Lemonade, SSION, Fischerspooner, Inez & Vinoodh, Dark Igloo, Holger (Brazil), MKRNI (Chile), Johnny Stimson, and more...  Le Chev's group's AVAN LAVA and Narcisse, both have plans to release albums this year. 

Emiliano Melis is a music designer based in NYC. His works are a mixture of dreams, hallucinations and aesthetic, expressed with sound installations and poetry. Performance becomes a particular moment, each time played in different ways, a music journey to the deepest part of the soul, running through darkness, passion, sensuality, fear, desire and redemption.

To keep current on all the varied projects David Quinn is up to, from the red carpet to the burlesque stage and everywhere in between, "like" his page on FacebookDavidQuinnNewYork

Karen Young (costume designer) Design for dance and video includes: Third Rail Project's Then She Fell, David Michalek’s Slow Dancing (Lincoln Center), Eve Sussman’s 89 Seconds at Alcazar, Matthew Barney’s Cremaster 5, Martha Graham Dance Company, American Ballet Theater, Pam Tanowitz, Brian Brooks, Kyle Abraham, and Wendy Whelan’s upcoming Restless Creature. www.karenyoungcostume.com.


Want to know a bit about what you might see at FLICfest?

The Emancipation Proclamation of GoGo Gadget! | World Premiere
Alberto Denis/[QuA2D]
Alberto Denis presents his boylesk alter ego in his solo work The Emancipation Proclamation of GoGo Gadget! This dance theater exploration of body image, particularly in regard to sexuality, includes burlesque, dance, live video polling, inflatable balloons and even cream pies.

A. Cuddy Project | World Premiere
Taiwanese-born Yung-Li Chen has created a duet centered upon psychologist Amy Cuddy’s theories of power posing—adopting confident postures such as a lifted chest, high head, arms propped on hips in order to increase social success. With A. Cuddy Project, Chen is interested in translating the “fake it till you make it” approach to dance.

Even As I Tell You This | World Premiere
Lindy Fines/GREYZONE
Lindy Fines’ group piece Even As I Tell You This is a visceral and otherworldly juxtaposition of mechanical and fluid movement states. Fines’ movement language tempers intense physicality with abstraction and highly complex movement patterns.

Perfect Tension | World Premiere
Chris Ferris/Chris Ferris & Dancers
Chris Ferris & Dancers explore the heady world of stress, anxiety and survival tactics in their group piece Perfect Tension, with an original composition by Loren Kiyoshi Dempster.

Native | World Premiere
Aaron McGloin/Aaron McGloin Dance
Aaron McGloin’s Native for five dancers is an eclectic investigation into what constitutes home and identity, featuring jazz, hip-hop, acrobatics and ballet. The diverse cultures and rituals he has experienced in New York City inspired McGloin in this work.

A Piece of Hamlet’s Machine | World Premiere
Keith Thompson/danceTactics performance group
Keith Thompson fuses dance and physical theater in his narrative-driven A Piece of Hamlet’s Machine. Rooted in German playwright Heiner Müller’s postmodernist drama Hamletmachine, Thompson’s piece rounds out his choreographic cycle of text-driven movement.

Spin Art | World Premiere
Emily Berry/B3W
Emily Berry’s Spin Art features four dancers who flip upside down, spiral and fling their bodies through space, reminiscent of spin art craft projects. Set to Daniel Bernard Roumain’s original score, this piece layers both subtle and abrupt dynamic shifts with gesture and intense physicality.

I Wish I Could Drink Like a Lady | World Premiere
Hattie Mae Williams/The Tattooed Ballerinas
Hattie Mae Williams’ interdisciplinary dance piece I Wish I Could Drink Like a Lady takes a closer look into the life and poetry of Dorothy Parker, exploring human strengths and weaknesses.

Shred | World Premiere
Kora Radella/Boomerang
Kora Radella’s duet Shred is a fearlessly physical confrontation of the barriers that exist both within and between people. By implementing uncompromising athleticism and even primitiveness, Radella presents two people who must deal with each other in strictly physically demanding terms.

Ancient Springs | World Premiere
Tina Croll/Tina Croll + Company
Tina Croll is expanding her 2007 piece Ancient Springs, inspired by poet Kathleen Raine’s Defending Ancient Springs and Federico Fellini’s film La Strada.  Comprised of vignettes— “short stories”— a little gavotte, a twisted convulsive solo, a stately waltz on some town square.  A chorus of dancers swirls through - sometimes commenting on the action, sometimes causing havoc.

Rare Birds | World Premiere
CJ Holm/Jansen and Holm
CJ Holm’s duet Rare Birds is a danced nature documentary about people’s desires, guilt, grief and resilience, blending tender and brutal choreographic language with an abstract meditation on the realities that create pressing social and environmental issues.

Ripening/Yield | World Premiere
Vanessa Walters
Vanessa Walters’ Ripening/Yield is an ominous exploration of childhood memory and playtime. The quintet of dancers conveys time both within and outside of rhythm—alternately counting deliberately and avoiding all forms.


FLICfest 2014 Choreographers and Performance Schedule

Thursday, January 23

7:30 Alberto Denis
9:00 Yung-Li Chen

Friday, January 24

7:30 Lindy Fines
9:00 Chris Ferris

Saturday, January 25

7:30 Aaron McGloin
9:00 Keith Thompson

Thursday, January 30

7:30 Emily Berry
9:00 Hattie Mae Williams

Friday, January 31

7:30 Kora Radella
9:00 Tina Croll

Saturday, February 1

7:30 CJ Holm
9:00 Vanessa Walters

Tickets are $25 per evening ($20 artist/senior/student), to purchase visit http://irondale.org/FLICfest.html


FLICfest 2014 Submission Guidelines

Hello! We’re happy that you want to be part of FLICfest 2014.

FLICfest strives to present a well-rounded program of feature-length modern dance. Our definition of dance is broad, so if you consider your work dance, we welcome your submission. Twelve choreographers will be chosen by a selection committee to present a 50-minute work one time during FLICfest (January 23-February 1, 2014). Submitted work may be completed work that has already been performed or brand-new work.

The submission deadline is August 2, 2013. Please submit all materials by email to jeramy@flicfest.org.

Here are our guidelines. Please answer the following questions:

  1. WORK SAMPLE Please submit online by sending us a link to your work on Vimeo (or an equivalent service). If you are submitting a completed work, please use a recording of a performance of that work. If the work is new, please send us work that represents the work you propose.  Submit a 15-minute section and let us know if it is a complete work or an excerpt of a larger work. Do not submit an edited or “highlights” recording.
  2. DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED WORK: Please submit a one-page description of the work you propose to perform in FLICfest.  Include the title of the work. Where are you in the process of the work? Will the work premiere at FLICfest? If not, where and when did it premiere? Were there subsequent performances of the work?
  3. BIO: Please submit a one-page narrative bio of your choreographic work and philosophy. Please include links to any relevant press.
  4. YOUR PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: What performances do you have scheduled July 2013 – March 2014?
  5. PERFORMANCE CONFLICTS: The dates for FLICfest 2014 are January 23-25 and January 30-February 1. Tech rehearsals will be Monday-Wednesday evenings and performances will be Thursday-Sunday evenings. Each piece will have one tech slot and one performance slot. Additional rehearsal will be available in the space during the day. Please list any conflicts that you have during the two weeks of FLICfest.
  6. AUDIENCE: How have you promoted your work in the past? How large is your email list? How often do you email your list? Are you comfortable emailing your list? What social media do you use to promote your work? Do you feel that you’ve been successful in promoting your work? Have you been successful in raising money for your work?

MONEY AND FUNDRAISING: FLICfest is committed to paying choreographers to present work. In 2014, we have set compensation at $750 and will raise additional compensation through a Kickstarter campaign. Our goal is to raise enough to pay each choreographer an additional $250. When that goal is met, each choreographer will be paid an amount equal to 1/12 of the amount raised on Kickstarter, less Kickstarter and Amazon payment fees. We will only meet our fundraising goals with your help. To that end, we are asking each choreographer/company to commit to being responsible for raising $250 during FLICfest’s Kickstarter campaign.

AWARENESS: FLICfest is committed to building new audiences for feature-length dance. This year, we are asking each choreographer to commit to bringing 10 people to the FLICfest launch party, (date DBD late September or early October, 2013). Selected choreographers will also be expected to send emails and/or reach out on social media for the launch party, fundraising efforts and performances.

PRESS AGREEMENT: By submitting work to FLICfest 2014, you agree that your work is open to review by dance press and that you will make yourself reasonably available to press requests leading up to FLICfest.


Tickets to FLICfest 2013 Now Available

Tickets to FLICfest 2013 are now available. Please visit our Tickets page for more information.


FLICfest 2013 Choreographers Announced

New York, NY, October 25, 2012 – The Irondale Center is pleased to announce the lineup for FLICfest 2013. Curated by Jeramy Zimmerman/CatScratch Theatre, FLICfest presents independent dance artists working in a broad range of contemporary performance styles. Presented over two weekends, January 24 to February 2, FLICfest 2013 will feature 12 full-length works by 14 choreographers as well as a late-night cabaret and other public programs. All performances and events will take place at the Irondale Center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

FLICfest offers artists and audiences an opportunity to engage with feature-length dance in a lively festival setting. In addition to the performances, FLICfest 2013 will offer movement workshops and a series of discussions that focus on creating feature-length work and self-producing. This season, FLICfest also introduces its Featured Brooklyn Dance-Maker program. Choreographer Alexandra Beller has been selected to be the first “featured” artist for her expertise in self-producing work. Beller will play an active role in the discussion series, which is open to the dance and performance community.

FLICfest 2013 will present two full-length works in Irondale’s main space on each of the six evenings. The late-night cabaret will be held in the venue’s balcony lounge each evening following the main stage performances.

Flicfest 2013 lineup:

Week 1

Thursday, January 24:  Jillian Sweeney, Summation Dance Company

Friday, January 25: Chris Masters, Yin Yue

Saturday, January 26: Amy Cova, Jordana Che Toback

Week 2

Thursday, January 31: Sarah Konnor & Austen Selden, Maurice Fraga

Friday, February 1:  Dana Salisbury & Mari Meade Montoya, Sari Nordman

Saturday, February 2: Alexandra Beller, Stanley Love 

Program details and the lineup for the late-night cabaret will be announced in December.


FLICfest Launch Party October 21

Join us as we announce the 2013 FLICfest choreographers and kick off our third year! Enjoy the DJ stylings of Manchild Black, see performances, and toast FLICfest choreographers with a special cocktail by Josh Hoffman. Tickets are $20 at the door (includes 2 drinks).

When: Sunday, October 21 6-10 pm

Where: Irondale Center, 85 S. Oxford St, Ft. Greene, Brooklyn (C to Lafayette, G to Fulton, or B, D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic)

Buy tickets here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/918530 or pay at the door.