The trailer for Alleluia’s FIRST Film – She, Who Can See – is now available!

September 17, 2017 in Other Work by Alleluia Panis, She Who Can See

Big congratulations to our very own Alleluia ‘Manai’ Panis!

Not only is she the recipient of the first-ever San Francisco Arts Commission’s Artistic Legacy Grant (*friendly reminder: RSVP below to attend the the special presentation in her honor: Tuesday, Sept 26 – 7 pm during the SFAC grants convening at Herbst Theatre*).

She also finished her first film!! SHE, WHO CAN SEE tells the haunting story of Salima and Nico. When the powerful waves of Salima’s  shamanic inheritance surge into the daily realities of their middle-class life, their refusal to succumb to conventional western medical diagnosis of mental illness, plunge them into the disorienting world of  visions, dreams, and ancestral spirits.

Great work and congrats to Alleluia’s talented team: co-director, film extraordinaire Wilfred Galila; composer Florante Aguilar and the amazing dancers: Alexandria Diaz DeFato, Greg Manalo, June Arellano, Jonathan Mercado, Sammay Dizon and Rebecca Fazio!

Check out the trailer and read more about the film and crew here.
Leave a comment and let us know what you thought!

Kularts’ Alleluia Panis on Lifestyle Network’s Design+Story THIS SUN June 19!!

June 18, 2016 in Other Work by Alleluia Panis, She Who Can See

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Check out our leading lady, Kularts’ Alleluia Panis on Lifestyle Network’s Design+Story THIS SUN!!

June 19 @ 7:30 PM
Episode Trailer

Lifestyle Network’s Design+Story presents the magical & inspired journeys of artists, presented side-by-side in a collaborative narrative of their beginnings, inspiration, & craft. Each episode delivers a story of the powerful common denominators of humanity between artists of different media.

Where to watch it: USA – DirecTV Ch. 2070
Bakersfield, CA | Bright House Networks Ch. 437
Central Florida & Tampa Bay | Bright House Networks Ch. 979
Hawai’i | Oceanic Time Warner Ch. 683
Los Angeles, San Diego, Desert Cities (SoCal) | Time Warner Ch. 1458
CANADA – Ontario, Quebec | Bell Fibe Ch.  2156
EUROPE, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
IPTV – DTH platform:  Channel 7

Kularts 2015 Roundup! Donate & Empower Artists for 2016!

December 23, 2015 in 2015 Pinoy Arts Fest, Kodakan, Making Visible, Maseg, Maseg Typhoon, Other Work by Alleluia Panis, Performances, She Who Can See, Uncategorized, Works by Jay Loyola

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It’s been an eventful, incredible year for Kularts!

Huge thank you for participating, attending & funding Kularts 2015 programming!!

Keep the momentum going!!

Make an end of the year tax-deductible donation via: Online PayPal Link OR send a check to Kularts 474 Faxon Avenue San Francisco, CA 94112

Check out some of Kularts 2015 Highlights:

56 Ma’ARTes Fest funders

FIRST ever Ma’ARTes Festival: Opening Reception, Kodakan Exhibition, World Premiere of She, Who Can See and There’s The Moon & Then There’s You, the return of Maség Typhoon, Barrio Fiesta and SoMa Pilipinas Arts Fair

– Back by popular demand, the return of She, Who Can See

Kodakan Exhibit at the I-Hotel Manilatown Center, ACT’s Strand Theater and Bayanihan Community Center

FIRST ever Parol Lantern Commissions, currently at the Philippine Consulate General, San Francisco

SHE, WHO CAN SEE REVIEW by Jeanette Gandionco Lazam

September 16, 2015 in She Who Can See, Uncategorized

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Does water have texture?  I think it does. When it is calm it runs from our faucet smoothly; when it is in violent motion, it is like the ocean crashing and breaking  against the rocks and shoreline; and when it has large, thunderous ripples, it has an all consuming under tow that pulls you in and never lets you go. And such was the multimedia production of SHE, WHO CAN SEE, created and conceived by Alleluia Panis, Founder of Kularts and the Alleluia Panis Dance Theatre.

Fifty-six minutes of sheer pleasure and wondrous delight, never really knowing what the next motion would be until it arrives on stage like Helen of Troy and the massive wooden horse.

alexThe main character of Salima, is danced dynamically by Alexandra Diaz De Fato, a woman with the ability to communicate with spirits/entities/energies – a gift with enormous responsibility and overwhelming consequence. Western contemporary society considers this a medical condition, while Philippine indigenous culture as well as “tribal” or aboriginal cultures of the world, revere this ability to communicate with the ancients as a most precious and sacred gift.

In the opening scene, we witness the arrival of the spirits, swirling about on stage, making their intention known that they are here to stay until claimed by the protagonist, Salima.

Offsetting the spirits’ arrival is Nico, the love interest of Salima, whose devotion to Salima can never be questioned nor dismissed as he playfully holds her in his arms as they embrace every corner of the stage.

And it is here we catch the first glimpse of two powerful forces that can tilt the balance of forces one way or the other: The power of Love, and the power of the Spirit World.  These two powers are not necessarily diametrically opposed opposites, but it is forces nonetheless that can join together to achieve a common goal; and in this case it is Salima coming to terms with her “gift” and Nico as well, honoring it.

Enough cannot be said of the incredible creation of the musical score for SHE, WHO CAN SEE by composer and arranger, Florante Aguilar.  As one of the leading figures championing Philippine music art forms in the United States and internationally, Mr. Aguilar, brings his music hauntingly and defiantly through the twists and turns of Salima and Nico’s struggles to understand and grasp the power of the spirits to awaken the gift that resides inside of her.

His use of the guitar liltingly and sometimes hauntingly, leans us toward the romanticism of the Philippine style and music of the Kundiman with such passion that the audience is whisked away to a “bygone” era of a woman standing at her balcony under the stars and moonlight,  serenaded by a love-lorn lover.alex

But all that serenity is brought to a crashing blow in several acts as the mouth harp and the Kulintang are introduced as the fierceness and boldness of the spirit world is brought on stage.

Interspersed with the sound of gongs and the mouth harp, the frenzied wildness is brought up to a fever pitch with the introduction of modern jazz and hip hop which makes for several incredible dance pieces that can practically lift you off your feet!

The effective use of film also plays a powerful role in drawing out the storyline when dance and “live” motion cannot.  Eloquently filmed by Wilfred Galila, he brings us to an apartment, neighborhood, and time period that is no different than perhaps, anyone in the audience.  And yet he is able to bring to life in grainy black and white footage, the constant pull and tug of the spirits on Salima and lastly Nico as these two attempt to understand what is happening all around them.

SHE, WHO CAN SEE is a treat worth trekking to see!  Live, video or in film.

 

OTHER CREDITS:

Alexandra Diaz De Fato, as Salima
Gregory Manalo, as Nico
Samantha “Sammay” Dizon, as Ragat Entity
Jonathan Mercado, as Ig Entity
June Arellano, as Ahara Entity
Rebecca Fazio, as Kimat Entity

By:  Jeanette Gandionco Lazam

Oakland, California

lazamjg@gmail.com

510-846-2771

September 15, 2015

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