Q&A | Ba-e Makiling Edition: Stephanie Herrera

August 26, 2016 in Bae Makiling, Uncategorized, Works by Jay Loyola


In honor of our official Ba-e Makiling Crowdfunding Campaign – throughout the fundraising month we’ll be sharing interviews with the artists of our new dance theater work, Ba-e Makiling.

Get to know the team who’s been hard at work!

This week meet the dancer playing “Epang,” Stephanie Herrera!

Ways to support Stephanie and the cast and crew of Ba-e Makiling:
Become a Ba-e Makiling Funder (
Campaign Page)

Buy tickets to the world premiere Sept 9-18, 2016 at Bindlestiff Studio, 185 6th Street, SF, CA (Tickets Page).

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1) As a young girl you started dancing Philippine folk dance because your mother, Polly Herrera, was in Bayanihan Dance Company. What has been your inspiration to continue dancing folk dances?

When I first started dancing, I will admit I was forced into it. I cried during rehearsals and was painfully afraid of performing in front of people. But that first performance awakened something in me. It’s the excitement and nerves before going on stage, the pride in representing our culture, the joy in accomplishing a difficult piece, the relationships I’ve developed, 


2) Maség: Typhoon was your first Kularts production integrating modern style of Philippine dance. How have you learned as a dancer through their works?


I had to refocus my mind and body as neither were used to moving in the way the piece needed me to. I also learned to let go, and give in to the movement, to not hesitate.

3) How do you relate most to your character and how are you able to incorporate your own personality into the movements?


Q&A | Ba-e Makiling Edition with choreographer Jay Loyola!

August 19, 2016 in Bae Makiling, Uncategorized, Works by Jay Loyola


A shaman calling upon deities to heal an ill stricken tribal leader, a vengeful typhoon conjured to strike a sultan’s ship…Master artist of Philippine Dance, Jay Loyola will tell his newest tale Ba-e Makiling inspired by an age-old Philippine classical myth this Sept!

Check out what the choreographer had to say about his newest Kularts commission in today’s exclusive interview. 

Watch the world premiere live at Bindlestiff Studio – Sept 9-18, 2016. Tickets: http://ba-emakiling.bpt.me/


1) What is your artistic vision?  What informs your work?

My choreography is informed by my experience as a principal dancer of Bayanihan Dance Company, my life-long dedication to Philippine dance and the teachings of my mentor, the Philippine National Artist Lucrecia Urtula as well as the tradition of my adopted tribe, the Tagbanua of Napsan Palawan. My vision is to develop dance works steep in traditional movement while exploring the capability of the dancer’s body beyond these prescribed movements.  This  creative process  expands on  movements within the form and character of Philippine dance.


My work is also deeply connected to my Tagbanua life experience. It gives  depth to the dance and is the soul of the piece. The nonphysical elements in my dance pieces is of utmost importance. The  dancer’s energy and intentionality is the breath that animates the consciousness and the very non-physical soul of the dance.

2) What is your choreographic creative process specific to Ba-e Makiling?


Our investigation is based on the theory that as the Spanish colonial era unfolded, sacred dances were hidden within the Christian religious practice—for example the Sublian and celebratory dances were pushed forward. The choreographic approach for Ba-e Makiling is to deconstruct these  rural dances, compare and contrast  them with the tribal and ‘lumad’  dances to come up with the best possible core.

3) If any, is there any message, new or old, personal or otherwise, that you want to achieve and convey or restate with this project?


My goal is to create my own distinctive style or brand of dance which I hope will provide inspiration to future Philippine dance artists not only in the U.S. but the world.

4) What, for you, is the value of this project?


Who is Ba-e Makiling?

August 18, 2016 in Bae Makiling, Works by Jay Loyola


Growing up did your Lola ever tell you about the Philippine myth of Mariang Makiling?

The undeniably powerful, beautiful deity (diwata) is believed to be the guardian, goddess, spirit, or protector residing over Mount Makiling, in the province of Laguna Philippines.

Some say the mountain is the diwata’s profile, with its multiple peaks, representing her face, breasts and hair falling into a reclining slope. Many believed she is the mountain herself who provide for the people and therefore must be revered and protected.

To all who have come across the lady of Mount Makiling, consistently describe the diwata with eternal youthful beauty, radiant brown skin, long silky black hair cascading down toward the forest ground, scintillating eyes, adorned in mist-like white clothing.

She is now known as Mariang or Maria Makiling probably a Hispanicization of her name during the colonial era succeeded in hiding from the wrath of the Castillian friars. The diwata is said to bathe in the waters of Laguna de Bay (Ba-e) in tagalog Lawa Ng Bae, the largest lake in the Philippines at the foot of Mount Makiling. Hence the title of the piece is inspired by the classic Tagalog ‘bae’ meaning lady.


In Kularts’ newest production transport to the Tagalog region before the Europeans made contact. A time when dances were used to honor an indigenous diwata, not commonly referred to as Maria but Ba-e Makiling. Check it out in the world premiere of Ba-e Makiling, Sept 9-18, 2016 at Bindlestiff Studio (tickets: http://ba-emakiling.bpt.me/)



SoMa Pilipinas Special: $13 Ba-e Makiling Tickets! Ends tomorrow TUES 8/16!!

August 15, 2016 in Bae Makiling, Works by Jay Loyola


SoMa Pilipinas Super Special!! Now til Tues Aug 16!!

$13 Ba-e Makiling ticket(s) for FRI Sept 9

AND $17 ticket(s) for Sept 10-18 shows!


Weekend I:
Friday Sept 9 – 7:30 PM
Saturday Sept 10 – 2:30 PM & [7:30 PM SHOW SOLD OUT!!]
Sunday Sept 11 – 2:30 PM

Weekend II:
Friday Sept 16 – 7:30 PM
Saturday Sept 17 – 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday Sept 18 – 2:30 PM

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