Make Your Own Revolution

August 18, 2012 in Performances, Uncategorized

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Make Your Own Revolution:
Remembering people’s strength in resistance to Martial Law  

Friday & Saturday | September 21-22 | 6-8:30pm

Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission Street @ 6th

San Francisco (MAP)

Suggested Donation: $5-20

Join Kularts for two evenings of performance inspired by people’s resistance to state violence. 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 provides a space for the community to commemorate the traumas of martial law and remember the strength of “people power.”  Activities include staged readings; live music; participatory sidewalk drawing; and the installation of a bangka, a boat sculpture inspired by indigenous ritual.

Experience stories of dictatorship, martial rule, and other forms of state repression:

  • seen through a journalist’s pain-filled chronicles
  • heard through the sounds of Manila nightclubs &lounges
  • foreshadowed in the showdown of power between the Dictator’s wife and the world’s most famous boy band
  • felt in a young girl’s confusion as she struggles to understand her life under Martial Law
  • rocked by the rage of punk bands and songs of dissent
  • witnessed in the Dictator’s clandestine steamy affair-gone-public
  • evoked in the conjuring elements of street protest theater.

Against larger state forces enacting violence on its people, Make Your Own Revolution affirms the resilience of everyday acts and inspires creative responses. These performative acts mourn continuing deaths and suffering, and honor the valor of people power.


Friday, September 21, 2012:

Saturday, September 22, 2012:

Make Your Own Revolution’s curatorial team includes: Professors Christine Balance (UC Irvine) and Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns (UCLA), Writer/Director Allan Manalo, Actor/Director Sean San Jose (Intersection for the Arts), Writer/Director Jason Magabo Perez, and Musician/Producer Jesse Gonzales (piNoise Pop). This event is made possible with support from the San Francisco Arts Commission-Arts for Neighborhood Vitality.


About the Artists:

Ang Grupong Pendong‘s music explores the possibilities between Filipino indigenous instruments and contemporary musical forms. Predominant in their songs are the sounds of the “KULINTANG”- an 8-piece graduated gong set indigenous to Mindanao, “KUBING”- a bamboo mouth instrument compared to the jaw’s harp, the “FAGLONG”- a 2-stringed lute-like instrument of the B’laan community in Mindanao, the “AGONG” and other percussive instruments played by the indigenous communities around the Philippines. The beats of the songs reflect the different seasons of the Filipino life like the celebration of harvest, birth, mourning, thanksgiving, and the like.

Christine Bacareza Balance was born in West Covina, California in 1976. Growing up in suburban Filipino America, she experienced the Philippines through her parents’ stories of growing up during World War II. That is, until 1984, when images of Filipino protesters occupying Epifanio de los Santos Avenida (EDSA) and gleefully ransacking Malacañang Palace filled her TV screen and ignited her imagination. Balance teaches in the Department of Asian American Studies at UC Irvine. A proud Kularts board member, she is currently on a Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship to complete a book on popular music and performance in Filipino America.

Bankrupt District is part of the toiling masses that turn the gears of the globe. Their music stems from the frustration of watching the city thrive and dive in this economic slump. Bankrupt District formed in February 2011 in Vallejo, born out of the need to play gut honest, toe tapping punk rock influenced by U.S. and Philippine bands.


Maria Josephine Barrios teaches at UC Berkeley and is the Literary Manager of Ma-Yi Theater Company. After starting out as a street theater actor for UP Peryante, she focused on playwrighting. She has written several Palanca-award winning plays, among them Damas de Noche and Gabriela: Isang Oratoryo. Her newly published third poetry collection: Bulakak sa Tubig:  Mga Tula ng Pag-ibig at Himagsik, very recently won the 2012 Gintong Aklat Award. In 2004, Barrios received the TOWNS (The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service) Award.

Lucy Burns was born in Olongapo City in 1971. She is of the “Martial Law babies” generation. One of her most vivid memories growing up in Olongapo was walking on Magsaysay Drive to and from school, hearing what seemed like an endless loop of “Hotel California” playing out of one of the city’s many beer houses. She is an Associate Professor in the Asian American Studies Department at UCLA and recently completed a book titled Puro Arte: Filipinos on the Stages of Empire (NYU Press, 2012). She is also a dramaturge.

Jesse Gonzales is a musician and producer who began his career forming and playing in rock bands all over Metro Manila. In San Francisco, he is the co-founder (along with his brother Ogie Gonzales) of the popular Asian American music festival, PiNoise Pop. Currently he is a member of the Skyflakes band and continues to produce music shows thoughout the Bay Area.

Allan S. Manalo is a Filipino American writer, director, producer, and stand-up comic, who began his stage career in Hawaii where he studied theater. In 1986, he moved back to California to pursue stand-up comedy in San Francisco and has since performed in over 400 colleges and comedy clubs throughout 47 states. Manalo is the former the Artistic & Managing Director of the new Bindlestiff Studio, a black box theater in San Francisco dedicated to the presentation and cultivation of Filipino Americans in the performing arts. As a writer, Manalo was a regular contributor to Filipinas magazine, Manila Times, Manual magazine and has written works published in Stage Presence: Conversations with Filipino American Performing Artists, Liwanag II, and ZYZZYVA literary journal.

Paul Ocampo works at the Asian Law Caucus, the first civil rights nonprofit organization serving the API community. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Asian American Studies from UCLA and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Arizona State University. While attending ASU, he codirected a reading titled Out of Silence, featuring Afghan women’s poems and essays found on the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. His works have been published in anthologies and journals including Walang Hiya and Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace

Jason Magabo Perez is a writer, performer, and scholar. His writings have appeared in TAYO, Witness, and Mission at Tenth. He has performed at the National Asian American Theater Festival and at various venues such as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Asian Art Museum SF, and the La Jolla Playhouse. His most recent work, You Will Gonna Go Crazy, which was funded by a Challenge America Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, was staged by Kularts in San Francisco as a work-in-progress in October 2011. Currently, Perez is a doctoral student in ethnic studies and communication at the University of California, San Diego.

DJ Joel Quiz (aka Joel Quizon) is a filmmaker, community arts organizer, and DJ. After completing film school at California State University at Northridge, Joel worked in independent films in the US and Philippines.  Joel has also worked in the music industry in Publicity, Promotions and Artist & Repertoire for London-Sire Records and briefly at Thrive and Ryko. In addition, Joel has been part of the programming committee for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (Visual Communications) and Pinoy Visions (Fil-Am Arts) programming diverse films and special multi-disciplinary events.  Joel has also organized and performed on Squatter Rights: Live Reworks of Philippine Nu Wave Films (2009) as well as a monthly DJ gathering called Diggin’ Sunday. Most recently, Joel’s output in short films and video works can be seen via the film collaborative Form follows Function.

Paolo Salazar is a transplant from Baguio City, Philippines. His artwork has been shown in galleries such as the Fine Art Museum of San Francisco – Legion of Honor and Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek. He has also completed public murals & private commissions around the country. Ultimately, Paolo is inspired by bringing people together in friendship and creative collaboration.

Sean San José works as the Program Director of the Performance Program for Intersection for the Arts and resident theatre company Campo Santo. He has created works with more than 500 artists in his time at Intersection, including more than 45 premiere plays for Campo Santo and over 100 new performance pieces with Intersection. For Intersection he also works with long term resident companies Campo Santo, the Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project, the Living Word Project (Youth Speaks’ theatre company), Felonious and a host of composers, visual artists, and community groups. San José has overseen, developed, and helped create the first plays of Jimmy Baca, Junot Diaz, Dave Eggers, Chinaka Hodge, Denis Johnson, Dennis Kim, Luis Saguar, Greg Sarris, Vendela Vida, among others; while maintaining ongoing relationships with Philip Gotanda, Jessica Hagedorn, NaomIizuka, Octavio Solis, Erin Cressida Wilson, and many others including projects with Daniel Alarcon, Luis Alfaro, Felonious, Richard Montoya, and Ntozake Shange.