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 spiritual practices of the southern tribe.  Growing up in the Philippines, I spoke Tagalog, Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, and even the languages of the West. Yet, I have not mastered any  as well as I have mastered the language of dance.


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 that exhibit lineage, matriarchal societal freedom and empowerment. 


A mother teaches her children language, and through that language they can come to understand the world. I know six languages; I speak Tagalog, Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, and the colonizer’s languages, English and a bit of Spanish, but I have not mastered any, as well as I have mastered the language of dance. It is my connecting language; my tool to write OUR story.

Artistic Statement

BY: Annielille Gavino

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December 14

Facing Change: Race as Social Construct ( Panel Discussion )

Monday, December 14, 6 – 7:30pm

November 24

Open Movement Research

6-8 PM

November 14

BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance 

BlakTinX Dance

Sat. November 14th, 8pm

November 13

Global Ramayana, 6 Pm (FB, VIRTUAL)

October 25-26

Patawili Celebrates Filipino American History Month 

Patawili with a Kuratsa Folk Dance
October 25,  3pm EST

Asian American Initiative celebrates Filipinx American History Month!

October 26 7-9 EST

October 15, 2020

Delaware Contemporary Museum 

March 16, 2020
Movement Research at Judson


January 18

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