HERstory, is a conceptual dance theater investigating matrilineal bloodlines and ancestry, prior to European monotheism. The work honors the mother as the creator, the "mana" (life force), the birthing power; contrary to the belief that the nurturer is parallel to the weak.
HERstory, demonstrates how goddesses were omnipresent in ancient pre-colonized societies. HERstory has been created for stage and for site-specific performance such as the Fleisher Art Memorial, Barnes Foundation and the streets of Ben Franklin Parkway.

HERstory Deconstructed (March 2018) is facilitated and choreographed by myself, in collaboration with Jasmine Lynea. ( See HERstory 1 & 2 in Dance on Films ).

HERstory is a process-based durational performance involving discourse, creative writing, and improvisation (music jam, dance cipher, spoken word and story circles ). Gathering dancers, poets, singers at Fleisher Art Memorial, this experiential performance moved audiences literally from gallery spaces to the sanctuary and emotionally through the stories shared on generational trauma, patriarchy, colonialism, and the #metoo movement. The mother-daughter dance section became a highlight as Gavino invited mothers and daughters to dance. The performance ended in a ritual of signing permission slips, an offering to the goddess, Eshun, allowing each attendee the permission for self-love and self-healing.

HERstory at University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, January 2019

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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