Choreographer: Jay LoyolaComposer: Florante Aguilar
Artistic Director: Alleluia Panis | Photographer: Wilfred Galila
Baybayin Script: Kristian Kabuay | Costume Designer: June Arellano

Download the music of Ba-e Makiling:
Florante Aguilar’s Soundcloud

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.


Jay Loyola. Photo by Wilfred GalilaJay Loyola – Master Artist of Philippine Dance has created over 50 Pilipino folk dance works performed in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Loyola traveled the world as a principal dancer for the prestigious Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company; a protégé of Philippine National Artist in Dance Lucrecia Reyes-Urtula. He was adopted into the Tagbanua tribe. Loyola established the all-indigenous Palawan Dance Theater. He migrated to the US in 2006 and became Dance Director of SF’s LIKHA Pilipino Folk Ensemble 2007-08, creating major works Sembà and Kadayawan with Rudy Soriano. Barangay Dance Co commissioned him to choreograph Pakidwa (2010) and People of the Current (2011). Loyola has received grant awards from the Hewlett Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, San Francisco Arts Foundation, Creative Work Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts. Kularts commissioned Loyola to create Huni (2012) and Maség (2014). Loyola is a professor of Philippine Dance and Culture at University of San Francisco and the founding Artistic Director of the American Center of Philippine Arts. Ba-e Makiling is the third time Kularts is commissioning Loyola as the master artist in dance and choreography.

Florante AguilarFlorante Aguilar, Composer and Lyricist, is a leading proponent of Philippine harana and guitar music in the US today. Aguilar grew up in Cavite where he learned to play the octavina in a rondalla group. He trained as a classical musician at the University of the Philippines College of Music. With a scholarship he studied at the Manhattan School of Music with Sharon Isbin. He later toured with the Buffalo Guitar Quartet and recorded New Music for Four Guitars (New World 384-2). He received his Bachelor of Music Degree at the SF Conservatory of Music (1996) under David Tanenbaum. In 2012, Aguilar joined director Benito Bautista to create the film Harana. It won awards at (2012) Hawaiian International Film Festival, (2013) SF CAAMFest and (2013) Pac Arts Movement in San Diego. He has completed Kularts commissions: Lalawigan (2009) and Aswang (2013) and was the composer for Maség (2014). He is one of the lead artists in Fandango-Pandanggo, multidisciplinary performance exploring musical connections between the Philippines, Mexico, Cuba and Spain through new compositions, world premiere May 2016. Ba-e Makiling is the second project Aguilar joins Kularts and Loyola as composer.


Alleluia PanisAlleluia Panis, Kularts Artistic & Executive Director, is the driving force behind Kularts and respected elder artist in the US and the Philippines. One of the founding members of Kularts, Panis has served as the Director since its inception in 1985. She has created 15 full-length dance theater works since 1980. As an individual artist, she has received grant awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Langton Arts, the SFAC-Individual Artist, Creative Work Fund, and The Gerbode Foundation. Her work has been performed on main stages in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She was the managing director for ODC Theater (1995-97) and for Brava Theater Center (1998-2001). Panis develops Kularts innovative programs: its annual showcase of contemporary works; the community-based Parol Lantern Festival & Parade; international projects such as the Philippine Master Artists U.S. Residency Program and the Philippine Tribal Tour. Panis annually returns to the Philippines for study and research. She’s a board member of API Cultural Center and Yerba Buena Events.

Jay Loyola’s Ba-e Makiling Audition Workshops
Wednesdays | May 11 and 18, 2016 | 7-9PM | $15 Registration Fee (REGISTRATION CLOSED)
City Dance Studios – Downstairs Annex
1420 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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