Make Your Own Revolution: Fictions of Dictatorship

September 14, 2013 in Classes & Workshops, Make Your Own Revolution, Making Visible, Performances, Philippine Master Artist-In-Residency, Uncategorized

Make Your Own Revolution: Fictions of Dictatorship
September 20-22, 2013

This September, stroll with Kidlat Tahimik, the “grandfather of avant-garde Filipino cinema,” for a one-of-kind art and performance experience, including: marching jazzy funk by James Dumlao and Rachel Lastimosa of Dirty Boots; folk & roots vocalist Aireene Espiritu; the blended electronic/tribal beats of Kulintronica; improvised turntablism and live video mixing by DJ Un-G and DJ JoelQuiz; and theater artists Sean San Jose, Allan Manalo and Jason Magabo Perez.

Join Kularts for a weekend of art and performance inspired by people’s resistance to state violence. Over forty years ago, Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law, ushering over two decades of brutal dictatorship, repression, murders (aka “salvaging”), and the subsequent revolution, now known as “People Power Movement.” “Make Your Own Revolution” responds to the terror of the Marcos regime and celebrates the triumph of the Philippine resistance, while acknowledging other struggles against injustice worldwide.


An Evening with Kidlat Tahimik
Friday | Sept 20 | 6-9 pm
Luggage Store Gallery | 1007 Market Street @ 6th | SF (MAP)
FREE – Donations gladly accepted for food/drink/music

Kidlat Tahimik, the “grandfather of avant-garde Filipino cinema,” creates a large-scale art installation, featuring boats by artist Cece Carpio and contributed artifacts from the community. Join us for a reception featuring music by Dirty Boots, screenings of Kidlat Tahimik’s  films, and an  intimate conversation with Kidlat over Lechon pig and drinks.

An idol of iconoclasts worldwide, a pioneer of the postcolonial essay film, and the grandfather of the Philippine New Wave, Kidlat Tahimik has made a career of—as he puts it—“straying on track.” Born Eric de Guia and educated at the Wharton School of Business, Tahimik renounced both career and name to become Kidlat Tahimik (roughly translated as “Quiet Lighting”) and embrace a filmmaking aesthetic unabashedly personal and defiantly political, filled with both warmth and fire. Tahimik has created a string of documentaries,  one fiction feature film, and several art installations, all of which demonstrate his love of wordplay both silly and sophisticated and his ability to blend politics and the imagination in surprising and revealing ways.

His  debut film, Perfumed Nightmare (1977)-investigating  neocolonial identity, Philippine culture, and global economies-became an international hit.

the joyful discovery of blasé film buffs from Berlin to Belgrade and beyond” (SF Chronicle, 1980)

likely to become some sort of classic” (Village Voice, 1980)

Fictions of Dictatorship: Art in the Streets
Sat | Sept 21 | 6-9pm & 
Sun | Sept 22 | 2-5pm


Starts at Luggage Store Gallery | 1007 Market Street @ 6th
Bayanihan Community Center | 1010 Mission St @6th
Bindlestiff Studio | 185 – 6th Street @Howard

Advanced suggested donation: $12-25
At the Door: $17+

Stroll and experience a SOMA like no other, starting on Market St. at the Luggage Store through 6th Street with site-specific performances along the way.

  • Art installation by Kidlat Tahimik, murals and art pieces by Cece Carpio, and sidewalk chalk art by Paolo Salazar
  • Site specific performances by Power Struggle
  • Staged reading of works by Jessica Hagedorn, Eric Gamalinda, Junot Diaz, Sining Bayan Directed by Sean San Jose, Allan Manalo and Jason Magabo Perez
  • Live music by Aireene Espiritu -folk & roots,  Dirty Boots– indie jazzy funk, and  Kulintronica– electronic tribal beat
  • A performative jam of improvised turntablism and live video mixing by DJ Un-G (Gary Gabisan) and DJ JoelQuiz (Joel Quizon)

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Creative Writing Workshop: Personal & Political Histories
with Jason Magabo Perez
Saturday | Sept 21 | 1-4 pm

Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission Street @6th | SF (MAP)
Class fee: $25
REGISTER by Saturday, September 14 to secure your spot!

Firstly, make your good writing its goodest! Secondly, learn how to read efficiently. Thirdly, learn how to effectively write for specific readers. Fourthly: Push yourself to write like a performer, perform like a writer. Fifthly, abandon each of these objectives for the highest objective of all: To wade critically, gently, and fiercely through the messiness of your imagination. Drawing inspiration from June Jordan’s Poetry for the People, Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, and other cool-sounding sound bites of practical creative writing wisdom, this workshop will focus on the historical, the deeply personal, your writer’s voice, and that which is unapologetically and politically imaginable. Prepare to expand but not implode. Prepare to throw down. Figuratively. Unless—

JASON MAGABO PEREZ is a writer, performer, and educator. His writings have appeared in TAYOWitness, and Mission at Tenth. Perez has performed at the National Asian American Theater Festival, the International Conference of the Philippines, and at venues such as the Asian Art Museum and the La Jolla Playhouse. In 2011, Perez wrote and performed in You Will Gonna Go Crazy, a multidisciplinary play which was funded by an NEA Challenge America Grant. For the past several years, Perez has taught writing, performance, and ethnic studies at various community centers, universities and college campuses. Perez earned his MFA in Writing & Consciousness from the now defunct New College of California and is an alumnus of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop for Writers of Color.


Make Your Own Revolution’s curatorial team includes: Professors Christine Balance. PhD (UC Irvine) and Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns, PhD (UCLA), Comedian/Actor Allan Manalo, Writer/Performer Jason Magabo Perez, Theater Artist Sean San Jose (Artistic Director of Campo Santo and Intersection for the Arts), and Musicians James Dumlao and Rachel Lastimosa of Dirty Boots. This event is made possible with support from the Luggage Store Gallery, Filipino Development Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The LIA Fund, California Arts Council, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

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