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October 24, 2020

“Tradition is always evolving. I’m starting to see it in that lens.”

Patawili 2020 is the brainchild of Annielille Gavino, a    movement artist, researcher, writer, and cultural worker. It included three virtual events in celebration of Filipino American History Month: a Kuratsa dance class, 24 hours of streamed Filipino dance films and performances, and a town hall as part of the Asian Arts Initiative’s monthly programming. I took part in the online class, taught by Los Angeles-based Paulo Alcedo and assisted by Gavino, both of whom are alumni of the Filipiniana Dance Troupe of University of the Philippines.

October 03, 2019

A Day of Light and Movement

Threading playfulness and nostalgia, Gavino’s choreographic choices create space for shifts in meaning and association. 

October 27, 2019

The Connecting Bridge: Annielille Gavino Presents Patawali

Bighari’s story is that she gets disconnected from the heavens and falls to earth. She creates the arch of the rainbow to connect back to her family—that is such an immigrant story! The rainbow is our culture and linage.

October 19, 2019

Rainbow making

"I am trying to find people who want to dialog and process this through art in whatever way. Maybe storytelling, painting, drawing.    I keep digging as to how I can use every element. The art making is on the surface and the deeper layer is that we all investigate who we are."


October 15, 2019

Patawili: an evening of food, art, and film

"Inspired by her daughter, Gavino very intentionally centers on themes of Filipino identity, and the constant tug-of-war between alienation and belonging that immigrants and members of the diaspora may feel. She finds ways in both her personal and artistic life to celebrate the beauty of this in-between-ness as a fully formed and valid experience."

September 17, 2019

‘Sunset cypHER’ celebrates Filipino folklore for Fringe'

"Gavino’s work has strong roots in community, and she drew heavily upon her cultural background in designing this experience."

July 30, 2019

open invitation

 I am haunted by repeating shots of what appears to be Gavino’s daughter falling in slow motion, and mouthing words which I, first assuming to be in Tagalog, later recognize as, “Who am I?” in English.

September 25, 2017


"When I show up at CHI Movement Arts Center for the dance  show  Mujeres, a multiracial, multigenerational cast of performers bustle around the marley. " - Julius Ferraro

December 23, 2017

People Speak

donia salem and Ani Gavino join her on an odyssey through border towns, distant roads, interrogations, and hellos and goodbyes

September 01, 2017

A BSR Philly Fringe guide: Looking for people of color in the Festival

"HERStory consists of poetry, music, dance, and film as methods of visiting the matrilineal society of the precolonial Philippines, where Gavino's family originated." - Neil Bradhan

September 07, 2017

10 Can’t-Miss Dance Shows Hitting Philadelphia This September

"When the Fringe Festival comes to Philadelphia, it brings its dance moves.

This year, dozens of companies and independent choreographers will perform original works in venues large and small across the city, and there’s something for every taste. 

Here are our picks for dance in Philly this September." - Christopher Munden

August 11, 2017

Filipino Folkdance, Contemporary Ballet, and Motherhood: Annielille Gavino's HERstory

"Annielille’s dance is about her homeland (the Philippines) as a mother and acts as a celebration and portrait of the women there and around the world."-Isabel Siegel

August 20, 2017

Diversity highlights the Koresh Come Together Dance Festival

The muscles of her body undulating in isometric movement is hypnotizing. -Lewis J. Whittington

August 27, 2016

Foreign Affair: Annielille Gavino talks diversity and dance ahead of Fringe show FORE-IGN FORE-OUT

Annielille Gavino-Kollman’s piece focuses on the immigrant experience and includes a cast drawn from diverse cultural backgrounds, all of which influence the music and movement of the work. -C.Munden

October 19, 2015

Of Volume and Variety

Gavino-seemed to be following in the footsteps of those 20th Century, German modern dance women who mimed about cute things in nature and horrid things in politics – Lotte Gosslar, Trudi Schoop and their sisters. This is a lineage that has  practically disappeared. - George Jackson

October 15, 2015

Dancers shine at Velocity DC festival

"She’s obviously a strong technician, cleverly turning tight spins into backward rolls, but she interrupted her own Marcel Marceau jokes by smearing white paint onto her face, and turning the suite into a smart commentary in support of immigration." -Rebecca Ritzel

March 08, 2015

“Spoken Movement,” a collaborative production, tackles such weighty topics as immigration, gentrification, race and transgender issues.

Gavino held our attention; she made us laugh, she brought us to the point of tears, she enraged us, and she made us think.- Juliana Lewis

January 01, 2020

“Carmenita” explores one woman’s sexual assault

"The production was endearing, powerful, and unbelievably heartbreaking. It’s tragedy was gripping and masterfully translated. The combination of Gavino’s narrative along with her simplistic movements, intense emotion, and exceptional creativity are what make Carmenita a true work of art one must experience."- Andrea Mayberry 

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