• White Facebook Icon
  • White Instagram Icon

Email:  malayaworks@gmail.com

RECENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS:

TBA
Movement Research at Judson

 

January 18

UPENN ( TBA )
Lunar New Year Celebration

 

December 6,7 2019

De(scribing) Maharlika @ Swarthmore University   4:30 pm Friday; 8 PM Saturday

 

November 14, 2019

Patawili Films: Parang Drunk History (a retelling of the historical narrative that Magellan circumnavigated the world and discovered the Philippines; honoring the chief that led the battle against Magellan, Lapu-Lapu ). De(scribing) Maharlika film, a film honoring and naming the indigenous tribes of the Philippines -- Philadelphia Asian American Festival @ Flesher Art Memorial, 8 PM

 

 

 

October 21,23 2019 @ Asian Arts Initiative, 7 PM

Patawili: a Sunday dinner and multi-disciplinary immersive dance theater experience on Filipino-American stories culminating an Asian Arts Initiative and Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists Residency project. This worked involved visual and conceptual installations and a story of an ancient Filipinx mythological character, Bighari, the goddess of the rainbow.  

 

 

Oct.5, 2019

Taga-ilog: a site specific work designed to go with Isaac Witkin’s  sculptural piece “The Bathers”, commemorating Outlet Dance Project’s 15th Annual Festival for Grounds for Sculpture


 

September 21, 2019

Sunset CypHER for Bartams’ Garden: part of Philadelphia Fringe, a site specific performance centered on ancient mythological stories ending with a dance and drum cypher for the community 

 

 

August 18, 2019

Oval + Summer season: Solo Site Specific work performed at the Philadelphia Oval as part of the Fairmont Parks and Conservancy’s Oval + Summer season  

DANCE IS MY LANGUAGE

BY: Annielille Gavino

I speak Tagalog, Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, and even a little bit of Spanish, but I have not mastered any, as well as I have mastered the language of dance. Being Filipino native, I learned folk dances from various parts of the Archipelago. I learned the mountain dances of the Igorot from the North, the rural dances from the Central Islands, and the communal practices, rituals of the southern Maranoa people from the South.

 

Over the years, I worked on expanding my dance vocabulary from classical techniques to contemporary, from Western to Asian Pacific, Classical Indian and African Diasporic dances.  My dance practice led me to the opportunity to work with companies such as Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and work with dance legends such as the late Eleo Pomare, Katherine Dunham assisted by Theo Jamison,  Alonzo King, Donald McKayle, Baba Chuck Davis, Diane McIntyre and more.


It was not until I became a mother that I became more than a dancer; I found my voice as a choreographer. Using dance as an impetus for dialogue, I started making dances as a way to communicate with my daughter, raising questions and creating conversations. Wanting to connect her to our lineage despite growing up in America urged me to make works such as HERstory, INA, If you’re feeling fearless girl  and Lineage Project , all works that have exhibit lineage and empowered matriarchal societies prior to colonialism. A mother teaches her children language, and through that language they can come to understand the world. I know six languages, dance is the one I am most fluent. Dance is my connecting language which I use to communicate with my daughter, my homeland and my community at large.