Scratch and Burn at FlynnSpace

BURLINGTON Award-winning actor, writer, and director Teo Castellanos barrels through time and space while dropping bombs and beats on divisive cultural mores, racial stereotypes, U.S. imperialism, the Bush administration, and dozens of targets in between, in his fast and furious powerful dance-theater work about our primal urge to battle for supremacy and domination. His gripping new performance, Scratch and Burn, takes over FlynnSpace in two shows, Thursday, February 7 and Friday, February 8 at 8 pm. Transforming the language of edgy street dance into a theatrical whole, Castellanos and DProjects blend ancient Zulu, Maori, and butoh rituals with modern dance, break-dance, urban street combat, and the Brazilian martial art of capoeira. Choreographed by break-dance legend Ricardo "Speedy Legs" Fernandez and performed against live music by African drummers and a 10 megaton soundtrack by hip-hop producer Brimstone 127, this provocative work begs the question "When is war not the answer?" Presented in association with the Office of the Associate Provost for Multicultural Affairs through the UVM President's Initiative for Diversity. These performances have media support from Seven Days. Teo Castellanos will give a free pre-performance lecture on Thursday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Flynn Center's Amy E. Tarrant Gallery. Teo Castellanos, the founder of D-Projects, will discuss the use of polemics in theater as it relates to his own work including Scratch and Burn. FlynnArts Workshop: Solo Work for Actors & Dancers with Teo Castellanos on Monday, February 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in FlynnSpace. Teens and adults will learn the developmental process of creating solo work based on real life experiences and oral histories from a master of the technique. Topics include creating a character, research and interviews, defining premise, telling your story, theatrical conventions and influences, voice, movement, writing, and the use of polemics. Tuition is $20, with a limit of 12 participants. Scratch and Burn is funded in part by the Expeditions Program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from the state arts agencies of New England and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Scratch and Burn is made possible in part by a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation administered by the National Performance Network and the Network of Cultural Centers of Color. Major contributors of the National Performance Network include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), Altria, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. The performances of Scratch and Burn are also funded in part by the Flynn Center General Endowment. Tickets for this performance are $24 and are available in person at the FlynnTix Regional Box Office window at 153 Main Street, Burlington or by calling 802-86-FLYNN.

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