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 SPRING 2012

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Calling Intermediate & Advanced Dancers!

Jay Loyola leads Session 1 Students

Philippine Dance Workshops with Renowned Folkloric Choreographer Jay Loyola

Series 1 | Wednesdays
May 16, 23, 30, June 6
6-7:30 PM

Registration Closed - thank you!

Series 2 | Mondays
July 9, 16, 23, 30 | 7:30-9:30PM

Series 2 registration deadline is Monday, July 2. 

Alonzo King Lines Dance Center
26 Seventh Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco (MAP)

Join Master Artist Jay Loyola, former Associate Choreographer and principal dancer of the internationally celebrated and critically acclaimed Bayanihan Dance Company, for two workshop intensives in movement and themes of Philippine dance with focus on the indigenous traditions of the Palawan people. An adopted son of a Tagbanua Tribe, Loyola is proud to share his knowledge with you.

Enroll for the chance to perform in Loyola's next dance work in November, Huni Ng Tandikan: Song of the Palau'an Bird, commissioned by Kularts.

The workshop series and presentation of Huni Ng Tandikan are both made possible by support from the Creative Work Fund. 

Jay Loyola  

In the past two decades, Jay Loyola has created over 40 Pilipino folk dance works and performed in Asia, Europe, and the US. He has significantly contributed to the Bay Area's multicultural landscape, creating performances at venues such as the Palace of Fine Arts, Cowell Theater, the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Pistahan, and the Filipino-American Arts Exposition. Loyola spent his youth exploring the world of dance through a series of immersions to tribal communities, dance competitions, and international dance festivals. Loyola has extensively researched the rituals and traditions of the tribal people of Palawan and has become an adopted Tagbanua in the highlands of Palawan in the Philippines. Loyola is the Founder Emeritus of Palawan Dance Theater, now the premier dance company of the region. He moved to the US in 2006 and served as Dance Director of LIKHA Philippine Folk Ensemble '07-08. His awards include "Young Alumni Achiever in Arts and Humanities" by Holy Trinity College, and the nomination for an Isadora Duncan Award for his 2008 collaboration with Rudy Soriano, Kadayawan. He is now the Artistic Director of the American Center of Philippine Arts.  

FALL 2012

Kularts Presents: Fall Sundays in Union Square, featuring music, dance, and more!



Durden & Meddling Kids
live painters plus hip-hop musical guests
Sun | August 26 | 2PM

Union Square (Powell & Geary)
San Francisco (MAP)


Durden, a local SF vocalist/rapper, combines his powerful metal-core vocals and incendiary rap lyrics over electronic dubstep music.
Meddling Kids is Jon Carr and Sam VanGilder, an SF based drum-DJ duo who fuse live drums with house/dubstep/electronic music.

 Tagabanua   Tagabanua
by Philippine Master Choreographer
Jay ‘Wawa’ Loyola
Sun| September 2 | 2PM

Union Square (Powell & Geary)
San Francisco (MAP)


Set in the Philippine island of Palawan, Tagabanua, meaning “from the village,” integrates indigenous rhythms, beats, and chants with performances by homegrown Bay Area dance artists. Adopted by the Tagabanua tribe of Palawan, Loyola explores the dynamism and universality of Philippine dance. A former assistant choreographer and principal dancer of the world-renown Bayanihan Philippines National Folk Dance Company, Loyola creates new dances to manifest the richness and relevance of indigenous knowledge in today’s world.  Tagabanua embodies creation and innovation, grounded in a deep respect for the indigenous culture and traditions of the Philippines.

 Ron Quesada of Kulintronica  

Kulintronica and Funkanometry
Sun | September 9 | 2PM

Union Square (Powell & Geary)
San Francisco (MAP)


Ron Quesada’s Kulintronica is a fusion of traditional kulintang and electronic music, combined with live guitar looping to create a wondrous soundscape. Kulintang music comes from the Southern Philippines. Complicated and beautiful melodies are performed on eight gongs laid horizontally in a row.

Funkanometry San Francisco Dance Company, directed by Emerson Aquino is a 501(c)(3) non-profit performing arts organization renowned in the Bay Area for their cutting-edge choreography, stylistic versatility, and professionalism. Established in 2002, Funkanometry SF's services include weekly public dance classes ranging from a Beginner level to the highly regarded Advanced Company Class level, dance workshops featuring locally recognized as well as industry credible choreographers. The Funks provide dancers with a well-rounded, versatile dance experience by teaching choreography that is influenced by various forms of dance, and that is performed to a diverse selection of music.




Dance Choreographed by Jay Loyola, picture by Chris Lerma


Huni Ng Tandikan:
Call of the Palau'an Bird
by Choreographer Jay Loyola
Fri |November 2 | 8PM
Sat | November 3 | 3PM & 8PM

701 Mission Street (at 3rd Street)
San Francisco, CA (MAP)


Above: Dance choreographed by Jay Loyola, picture by Chris Lerma


Inspired by the epic Philippine story of “Ibon Ng Adarna,” Huni Ng Tandikan tells the tale of a dying ruler who can only be saved by the song of the mythical adarna bird. He sends his three sons to capture the bird, but only the youngest, most virtuous son can succeed, overcoming many hardships on the way.  Folkloric choreographer Jay Loyola brings this story of courage and loyalty to life, infusing it with the beauty and power of Palawan’s indigenous healing traditions.

An adopted son of the Tagbanua tribe in Napsan, Palawan, Loyola has extensively researched and documented the rituals and dances of the tribal people of Palawan and the Philippines, on which this work will be based. The goal is to create a theatrical presentation that adapts Tagbanua rituals and dances for the stage, so that audiences experience not only the original dances, but also understand the story and the context in which the rituals, dances, and music traditionally took place. This world premiere performance will feature some of the Bay Area's best folkloric dancers.

Huni Ng Tandikan is supported by the Creative Work Fund.


 Kularts Co-Presents    
San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival 30th Year
Fable of the Fish image  

Produced and Directed by Adolfo Borinaga Alix, Jr.
Philippines | 2011 | 85 min
USA Premiere

Fri, March 9, 2012 | 7PM
Pacific Film Archive Theater

2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Wed, March 14, 2012 | 9PM
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
1881 Post Street, San Francisco

$12 General
$11 Student/Senior/Disabled

Somewhere in the slums of Manila, amongst a driving rainstorm and some inquisitive neighbors, a middle-aged couple gives birth...to a fish, in this delightful "realist fable" from the director of Adela.

Economical in movement and scope, the film is meticulously acted by Cherry Pie Picache and Bembol Roco, and directed with extreme tenderness. While at times satirical, the film does not romanticize or make overly surreal the situation; the question is not why Lina gave birth to a fish, but how one copes with the absurdity of everyday life. Under Alix Jr.'s careful hand, the film deftly weaves urban mythology with religious and political allegory, and maintains a balance firmly planted between fantasy and reality.


Full Festival Dates: March 8-18, 2012
There are many other great choices, including several films from the Philippines, and from Pilipino-Americans. We hope to see you there!




Buffaloe'd Poster


Written by Jeannie Barroga
In Collaboration with Alleluia Panis
Directed by Anthony J. Haney
April 4-29, 2012

Wed & Thurs | 7:30PM
Fri & Sat | 8PM
Sun | 2PM
Tickets: $15-45 : Discounts for seniors, students, and groups of 10+.

San Jose Stage
490 South First Street, San Jose (MAP)


Buffalo'ed is a bold new theatrical work featuring poetic sensual dance and the fierce Pilipino martial art of escrima. Inspired by a powerful moment in history, David Fagen, a Buffalo Soldier in the United States Army stationed in the Philippines in 1899, deserted and joined the Filipino revolutionaries to fight for freedom. Unmoored by wrenching loneliness, atrocities of war, and the simmering fury towards racist treatment at home, the play explores the Buffalo Soldiers' agonizing emotional conflict between their loyalty and personal moral conduct, as well as the Filipino revolutionaries' heroic pursuit for freedom.

See the Philippine News featured story here:

Here's what the reviews are saying!

“Fierce women warriors fly out of the darkness with their blades ablaze, ready to fight for their homeland, in "Buffalo'ed. A legion of dancers, elegantly choreographed by Alleluia Panis, soar through the air, creating a potent mashup of battle and ballet. Ethereal and deadly, the dancers take flight.. in Jeannie Barroga's dense historical-political drama at San Jose Stage.”  San Jose Mercury News

“There are times when it looks like a Ken Burns documentary, but then the escrima dancers emerge, tumbling and leaping through the air while wielding sticks and knives. History, the play seems to be saying, is a living, breathing thing…the play makes clear through pointed references to water torture employed on Filipinos by the U.S. Army, we are still living with what we started more than a century ago.

These are stories that need to be told with honesty and courage, and Buffalo’ed does just that, and if it gets even a handful of people discussing the issues it raises—American racism and imperialism, along with the hope of solidarity across racial and national lines—it will have been a worthwhile endeavor.”   San Jose.Com

Amielynn Abellera gives a tour de force performance as Doña Luisa, an insurrectionist commander who, assuming the guise of a Manila aristocrat, uses festive soirees to gain useful intelligence…. She commands the stage with power and emotion. Together with the appealing Rajiv Shah as the rebel general Porfirio, she sparks a satisfying and touching moment of doomed, melting passion.

And an enthusiastic bravo goes to Jed Parsario. With beatific eyes and angelic charisma, he charms the soldiers (and the audience) with his wit and honesty even as he, too, gathers intelligence for the rebels.

The theatrical choreography of Alleluia Panis throughout the show adds a counterpoint of emotion to many scenes and the use of elaborate martial arts routines disguised as folk dancing – the rebels honing their fighting skills before the very eyes of the occupiers – was a revelation.” Out & About Magazine

Message from Alleluia: Big salaamat to Raissa Simpson of Push Dance Company and Ibig performers Gregory Manalo and Alexandria Diaz deFato for their participation in the development of choreography. Salamat to my co-creator Jeannie Barroga and late Quentin  Easter and Stanley Williams, founders of Lorraine Hansberry Theater, for creating this opportunity. This project is supported by grants from the The 2009 Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Playwright Collaboration Initiative with additional funding from Applied Materials Foundation.



Minerva Benedictor Vier as Lucky  

Table Reading
Lucky: A Burlesque Tragedy
by Minerva Benedicto-Vier
Sunday, June 3 | 2 PM

Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission Street @ 6th, San Francisco (MAP)

Lucky is the story of an immigrant girl’s search for The American Dream told through the art of musical burlesque. Sensational characters such as “Cher,” “Marilyn Monroe,” and “Tura Satana” grace the show with their own unique twists of jazz, comedy, and tragedy.


Minerva Benedictor Vier   Originally from Cebu, Philippines, Minerva Benedicto-Vier is an Amerasian playwright, actor, dancer and singer. She received her BFA in Media Studies from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and an MFA in Theater Arts at The Actors Studio at The New School University in New York. Minerva's latest plays, Lucky: A Burlesque Tragedy and The Audition: An Alcoholic Musical are being developed through KTC's INKubator program under the mentorship of Michael Kearns.  Previous works include Stateside Girls and Maude Gonne


Last updated: 2012-08-03 13:56:49

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