De(scribing) Filipinx a weaving of historical research with my personal memoirs (as a Filipinx immigrant turned 1st generation American and my mixed raced 2nd generation Filipinx- American daughter). This writing will be presented in a poly-disciplinary digital book. Screen dances, documentaries, drawings, soundscape, and photographs will be embedded after each chapter of this audio-visual book, giving a traditional static writing more interactive and engaging approach. This work started as my graduate thesis which I intend to deconstruct into an interactive zine type writing format. This project is funded by Velocity Fund Grant and Leeway Art for Social Change. Look out for more details and announcements of book release.

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Journal entry #___:

 

How is my 12 year old daughter, Malaya collaborating in this work? Because dance is part of my life, it has become part of her language as well. Even to this day, we finish each other’s sentences in more ways than one. When the COVID 19 pandemic started, we collaborated in making Tiktok videos which I edited together in this documentary style video, Dear USA. These are mainly YouTube videos recorded, showing the performativity of colonial narratives still perpetuating even in social and pop media.

 

I personally enjoyed creating the Tiktok videos because this is more familiar to her, therefore I had to do my own codeswitching to speak her language. She directed some of the shots, giving her that voice and empowerment. I am happy that this work is igniting her own reclamation, asking me to teach her Tagalog lessons or how to cook Filipino dishes.

BALIKBAYAN 

A work in progress work performed at B.A.A.D! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. 

Another collaborative work with 12 year old, Malaya Cassandra, discussing  Filipinx identity within the framework of being American. 

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Email:  malayaworks@gmail.com

RECENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS:

December 14

Facing Change: Race as Social Construct ( Panel Discussion )

Monday, December 14, 6 – 7:30pm

https://www.barnesfoundation.org/whats-on/talks/facing-change#

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
Registration:
https://us02web.zoom.us/.../tZUrfuyopzgpEty29b2ShMUdvZ8WV...


Asian American Initiative celebrates Filipinx American History Month!

October 26 7-9 EST

https://asianartsinitiative.org/.../asian-american-artist...

October 15, 2020

Delaware Contemporary Museum 

March 16, 2020
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