Company opens with a celebration in Palau’an Bird Call – Huni Ng Tandikan

Kularts is proud to announce our newest commissioned theater dance production by Master Choreographer ‘Wawa’ Jay Loyola, with music by Composer Florante Aguilar and Artistic Director Alleluia Panis – Bae MakilingJay Loyola is an adopted son of the Tagbanua Tribe of Palawan, former principal dancer of the Philippines’ national folkloric dance group, Bayanihan Dance Company and protégé of National Dance Artist of the Philippines Lucrecia Urtula.

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Previous Kularts collaborations include:

The World Premiere of Ba-e Makiling
September 9-11 & 16-18, 2016
Bindlestiff Studio | 185 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Kularts newest dance theater production, choreographed by master Philippine dance choreographer Jay Loyola and original music score by renowned musician and composer Florante Aguilar, Ba-e Makiling is a 1 hour, 15-minute dance theater production inspired by Philippine myths and native spirituality. The new dance work will explore the story of the deity Ba-e Makiling, guardian of the dormant volcano of Mt. Makiling and her love affair with a human, Lakai – a metaphor for re-discovering and reclaiming the indigenous self that has been forcefully denied by centuries of colonization. Set before colonization in a rural Philippine village at the foot of Mt. Makiling, the story will be told through innovative dance movement rooted in the traditional Philippine dances of the Luzon region. The feature-length work premiered at Bindlestiff Studio in the SoMa, Sept 9-11 & 16-18, 2016.

The World Premiere of Maseg: Typhoon
Saturday & Sunday | November 15-16, 2014 | 8pm
Brava Theater Center | 2781 24th St, SF

Wawa Jay Loyola creates a new folkloric dance production, Maseg: Typhoon, using traditional Philippine dance forms to re-imagine the familiar William Shakespeare classic, The Tempest. Relocating the action to the island of Culion, Palawan, he employs the power of Philippine indigenous/folk dance vocabulary and the theatrical framework of Palawan mysticism to explore the power of redemption. Inspired by haunting chants, powerful rhythm patterns of gongs and drums as well as sweet sounds of kudjapi lute, renowned musician and composer Florante Aguilar creates the original music score.

Loyola’s work is set on the island of Culion, Palawan Philippines—once a leper isolation colony, created at the turn of the 20th century by American occupiers. For this reason, Culion became known as ‘the island of the living dead’ and ‘the island of no return’. In Loyola’s interpretation, set in the early 1900s, the character of “Prospero” is envisioned as Masikampo Panglima, a Tagbanua tribal leader and shaman. His holdings unjustly taken, he and his daughter “Miranda”―now Matinlo―are exiled from their home to the typhoon-battered Culion Island, where she has known only Culion’s mystical beings since childhood.

The World Premiere of Palau’an Bird Call- Huni Ng Tandikan
Friday | November 2-3, 2012 | 8pm & Saturday | November 3, 2012 | 3pm & 8pm
YBCA – Forum

Commissioned by Kularts, Master Choreographer Jay Loyola creates a powerful new dance work blending the core elements of courage and healing, Palawan Island’s own beautiful but illusive tandikan peacock, with aesthetics viscerally anchored in Palawan’s vigorous dance, haunting chants, driving percussion music, and the indigenous belief in nature’s divine mysteries. This presentation is performed by 15 dancers from Parangal, LIKHA, APDT, ACPA Dance Companies, to a music score by Nick Obando, and light design by Alejandro Acosta.

Sunday | September 2, 2012 | 2pm: Performance of TAGABANUA in Kularts Presents Fall Sundays in Union Square, with “flashmob” style audience performance.

May-July 2012
Free 8-week Advanced Summer Workshop in Philippine Dance. Over 75 Bay Area dancers as far east at Sacramento’s  Sinag Tala participated!

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.  

Follow these links to learn about Wawa Jay’s work with Kularts:

The Ba-e Makiling Audience has spoken…

The Ba-e Makiling Audience has spoken…

Such amazing feedback from all of our Ba-e Makiling attendees – we just HAVE to share some of favorites: “Best Pin@y Production I’ve ever seen in my 34 years of life!” “Lovely! We teared up at the end, especially my 5-yr-old daughter.” “Thank you for your artistry, storytelling, and craft. I hope to see the
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Support the artists & designers of Ba-e Makiling! Become a funder!

Support the artists & designers of Ba-e Makiling! Become a funder!

THANK YOU 400+ who filled Bindlestiff Studio’s theater and joined us in the lush bamboo grove to embark on the journey of Ba-e Makiling & Lakai! We have LOVED reading your comments & messages about the production! You can show more love for the artists & crew by becoming a Ba-e Makiling Funder:  By donating
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Q&A | Ba-e Makiling Edition: Jonathan Mercado (Lakai)

Q&A | Ba-e Makiling Edition: Jonathan Mercado (Lakai)

Over the years dancer Jonathan Mercado has taken on a range of roles in Kularts’ Jay Loyola commissions, from Tandikan, an ill stricken deity; Kisig, son of a Sultan who finds himself caught in a vengeful typhoon; and currently in “Ba-e Makiling” he plays Lakai, a hunter who falls in love with the diwata of
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Q&A | Ba-e Makiling Edition: Florante Aguilar

Q&A | Ba-e Makiling Edition: Florante Aguilar

This week we sit down with the man behind the music, Florante Aguilar. Maybe you know him from his original score for Jay Loyola’s 2014 dance theater work Maség Typhoon, or his music for Alleluia Panis’ 2015 production of She, Who Can See, or even as the partner of the amazing Fides Enriquez of New
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BA-E MAKILING OPENS TODAY!! LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE!!

BA-E MAKILING OPENS TODAY!! LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE!!

BA-E MAKILING OPENS TODAY!!! FRI SEPT 9, 2016 7:30 PM Bindlestiff Studio, 185 6th ST, SF, CA *A few tickets available at the door for TONIGHT’S show!*  Get there early! First-come, first-served basis! AT THE DOOR PRICES: General: $22 Student/Senior: $20 Purchase your advance tickets for Sept 10, 11, 16-18: Option 1) Online: $18 advance
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Philippine Dance & Ba-e Makiling!

Philippine Dance & Ba-e Makiling!

The Philippines is made up of 7,100 islands, with close to 200 ethnolinguistic groups, each with its own cultural expression. Philippines’ national folkloric troupe, Bayanihan Dance Company [Ba-e Makiling choreographer Jay Loyola was principal dancer for 10 years] categorized Philippine dance repertory into “suites”:  Cordillera, or Mountain, for those from Northern Luzon; Moro, or Muslim
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Get your Ba-e Makiling Tickets, Tote Bags & More! Become a funder!!

Get your Ba-e Makiling Tickets, Tote Bags & More! Become a funder!!

Our countdown to the world premiere of Ba-e Makiling, Diwata of the Moutain continues!  Nine days left to get your advance tickets for Kularts’ newest Philippine Dance Theater work: Ba-e Makiling Sept 9-18, 2016 at Bindlestiff Studio – 185 6th Street, San Francisco, CA (Advance Tickets)  Don’t forget, you can get a package full of
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Q&A | Ba-e Makiling Edition: Stephanie Herrera

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

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

Q&A | Ba-e Makiling Edition with choreographer 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
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Who is Ba-e Makiling?

Who is Ba-e Makiling?

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

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

SoMa Pilipinas Super Special!! Now til Tues Aug 16!! $13 Ba-e Makiling ticket(s) for FRI Sept 9 ONLY 20 DISCOUNT TIX AVAILABLE FOR SHOW! FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED! AND $17 ticket(s) for Sept 10-18 shows! (ba-emakiling.bpt.me/) Weekend I: Friday Sept 9 – 7:30 PM Saturday Sept 10 – 2:30 PM & [7:30 PM SHOW SOLD OUT!!] Sunday Sept 11 –
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Final day for $15 Tickets!!

Final day for $15 Tickets!!

Last call – get your $15 Ba-e Makiling tickets!  First weekend is definitely a best seller with our Sept 10, 7:30 PM sold-out AND over a dozen tickets claimed for the first couple of shows! Make sure to grab your weekend 1 tickets asap and take advantage of the flash sale! 

 

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