March 30, 2012 in Other Work by Alleluia Panis, Uncategorized

Buffaloe'd Poster

Written by Jeannie Barroga
In Collaboration with Alleluia Panis
Directed by Anthony J. Haney
April 4-29, 2012

Wed & Thurs | 7:30PM
Fri & Sat | 8PM
Sun | 2PM
Tickets: $15-45 : Discounts for seniors, students, and groups of 10+.

San Jose Stage
490 South First Street, San Jose (MAP)


Buffalo’ed is a bold new theatrical work featuring poetic sensual dance and the fierce Pilipino martial art of escrima. Inspired by a powerful moment in history, David Fagen, a Buffalo Soldier in the United States Army stationed in the Philippines in 1899, deserted and joined the Filipino revolutionaries to fight for freedom. Unmoored by wrenching loneliness, atrocities of war, and the simmering fury towards racist treatment at home, the play explores the Buffalo Soldiers’ agonizing emotional conflict between their loyalty and personal moral conduct, as well as the Filipino revolutionaries’ heroic pursuit for freedom.


See the Philippine News featured story here:

See dance clips here:

Excerpts Buffalo’ed April 2012.wmv from Kularts Inc on Vimeo.


Here’s what the reviews are saying!

“Fierce women warriors fly out of the darkness with their blades ablaze, ready to fight for their homeland, in “Buffalo’ed. A legion of dancers, elegantly choreographed by Alleluia Panis, soar through the air, creating a potent mashup of battle and ballet. Ethereal and deadly, the dancers take flight.. in Jeannie Barroga‘s dense historical-political drama at San Jose Stage.”  San Jose Mercury News

“There are times when it looks like a Ken Burns documentary, but then the escrima dancers emerge, tumbling and leaping through the air while wielding sticks and knives. History, the play seems to be saying, is a living, breathing thing…the play makes clear through pointed references to water torture employed on Filipinos by the U.S. Army, we are still living with what we started more than a century ago.

These are stories that need to be told with honesty and courage, and Buffalo’ed does just that, and if it gets even a handful of people discussing the issues it raises—American racism and imperialism, along with the hope of solidarity across racial and national lines—it will have been a worthwhile endeavor.”   San Jose.Com

Amielynn Abellera gives a tour de force performance as Doña Luisa, an insurrectionist commander who, assuming the guise of a Manila aristocrat, uses festive soirees to gain useful intelligence…. She commands the stage with power and emotion. Together with the appealing Rajiv Shah as the rebel general Porfirio, she sparks a satisfying and touching moment of doomed, melting passion.

And an enthusiastic bravo goes to Jed Parsario. With beatific eyes and angelic charisma, he charms the soldiers (and the audience) with his wit and honesty even as he, too, gathers intelligence for the rebels.

The theatrical choreography of Alleluia Panis throughout the show adds a counterpoint of emotion to many scenes and the use of elaborate martial arts routines disguised as folk dancing – the rebels honing their fighting skills before the very eyes of the occupiers – was a revelation.” Out & About Magazine

Message from Alleluia: Big salaamat to Raissa Simpson of Push Dance Company and Ibig performers Gregory Manalo and Alexandria Diaz deFato for their participation in the development of choreography. Salamat to my co-creator Jeannie Barroga and late Quentin  Easter and Stanley Williams, founders of Lorraine Hansberry Theater, for creating this opportunity. This project is supported by grants from the The 2009 Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Playwright Collaboration Initiative with additional funding from Applied Materials Foundation.

Fall Season 2011 Archive

December 14, 2011 in Classes & Workshops, Performances, Uncategorized


Our thanks to everyone who made the Fall 2011 Season a success!

Parangal Dance Company and Kularts Present:
PAMANA: Preserving our Heritage
Parangal Dance Company 3rd Annual Show
Sat October 1 | 7PM

Fort Mason Center:Cowell Theater
Marina Blvd @ Buchanan St, San Francisco

Tickets: $28 in advance, $32 at thedoor,
$18 for students and seniors. $23 each for groups of 7 or more
www.fortmason.org/boxoffice or call (415) 345-7575

In celebration of Philippine culture and tradition, Parangal Dance Company kicks off Filipino American History month with their 3rd annual show, Pamana: Preserving Our Heritage.

Pamana, meaning “legacy” or “inheritance,” highlights traditions and rituals passed down by native ancestors, national and master artists, and community elders. As tribal teachers, they give voice to lesser known or understood populations in the Philippines. Their insights and stories instill cultural pride, which become a part of the collective history of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans. The program will include a new world premiere piece researched by Eric Espartinez Solano, a few nostalgic Philippine folk dances, and Parangal’s latest piece, Subanen, from this year’s San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival.


Kularts participates in
2 Blocks of Art
South of Market Art Walk
Fri October 14 | 4-8PM

Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission St @ 6th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Thank you to everyone who came out to the show! Kularts got together a great group of artists for 2 Blocks of Art, with live music by Ron Quesada. Urban Solutions’ 2 Blocks of Art takes place on Sixth Street between Market and Howard, showcasing a neighborhood rich in culture and well known for its cutting edge arts community. The art walk is FREE! The restaurants, bars, nightclubs and theaters along Sixth Street will offer discounted food, drinks and admission prices to after-party events for art walk participants.

Kularts is proud to feature the following artists:

Lee Abellana
Balikbayod Artists
Heather Boyer
Holly Calica
Vee Caragay
Claire F. Meyler
Carlo Ricafort
Paolo Salazar
Jana Templanza
featuring live music by Ron Quesada

Check out photos and videos from last year’s event! (Kularts is right at the start of the video!)


Kularts presents:
You Will Gonna Go Crazy
Written by: Jason Magabo Perez
Fri October 21 & 28 | 8PM
Sat October 22 & 29 | 8PM
Sun October 23 & 30 | 3PM

Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission St @ 6th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

Friday, Oct 21 ONLY: Preview Night Price $7!
$11 Students/Seniors
$13 in advance
$15-17 sliding scale at the door
Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com

“…hilarious, comic-book theater with characters that make you laugh and shudder at the same time.” – Genny Lim, award-winning playwright and author of Paper Angels.

In You Will Gonna Go Crazy, a hilariously sad and lyrical semiautobiographical multimedia dance-theatre play, Hasón, a wise-cracking crybaby, is forever on a quest to become “uncried” in the wake of his family’s traumatic past. Hasón’s mother, a melodramatic and beautiful nurse, was framed and arrested by the FBI for murder in 1976. Based on interviews, unpublished diaries, memoirs, and personal archives, this intimate coming-of-age story explores the traumatic impacts of racist history on the Filipino American family.

Post-production, a word of thanks from Jason Magabo Perez:

YOU WILL GONNA GO CRAZY is a defining work in my career. I was fortunate to have entrusted such an intimate project to Alleluia Panis and Kularts. The creative process was intensive, thought-provoking, and challenging. The creative rigor and the dedication to the artistic process, on the part of director Alleluia Panis, was insightful and inspiring. The rest of the cast and crew—Greg Manalo, Alexandria Diaz DeFato, Joe Cascasan, and Wilfred Galila, also community-based artists, were generous, talented, and creatively hungry. They brought this work to life! The venue was perfect. The Bayanihan Community Center is in the heart of SoMa San Francisco and the show couldn’t have been staged in a more perfectly intimate, grassroots space. The Challenge America Grant helped this project happen in ways we couldn’t even have imagined. Although it was a gift to have longtime community activists and artists from around the Bay Area attend the show, what was most humbling was the attendance of the very community I write for, those of us who aren’t often written to. It was humbling to hear that, in the end, people weren’t only talking about the stories in YOU WILL GONNA GO CRAZY, but, more importantly, people were reflecting on their own stories, and we were building our connections through the artistic process. I was honored to have been given the time and resources to share and create experiences.

“As horrifying, deeply American, kinda David-Lynch-meets-hip-hop narratives go, this one is a doozy.” –SF WEEKLY

Written by Jason Magabo Perez
Directed by Alleluia Panis
Performing Artists: Joe Cascasan, Alexandria Diaz deFato, Gregory Manalo, Jason Magabo Perez
Media/Lighting Designer: Wilfred Galila

“Perez is wit on wheels: sharp, funny, brilliant, torquing toward grit and pathos. To see his work is to believe in the hunger of his cause.” – Edie Meidav, Bard Fiction Prize-winning author of Crawl Space.


Post Performance Discussions:

Sat October 22 | 9:30PM

Artists Joi Barrios and Genvieve Lim discuss the process of dramatizing history in artistic work.

Sat October 29 | 9:30PM

Catherine Ceniza Choy, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley discusses the
historical/gendered/racial implications of the case against Mrs. Perez. The discussion will be led by Lucy Burns, Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at University of California, Los Angeles.

 “FUNNY, WITTY, POIGNANT! Marangal na produksyon!” – Joi Barrios, Philippine Playwright/Poet and Palanca Awardee Joi Barrios

Want to know more? Watch a clip from the 2009 reading. Or view our teasers from the show and rehearsal sessions, below:




Performer Bios

Jason Magabo Perez, writer and performer, received his M.F.A. in Writing & Consciousness from the now defunct New College of California. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Tayo, Witness, and In the Grove. A VONA Voices Summer Writing Workshop alumnus, and a featured artist for the AjA Project and the New Americans Museum, Perez has performed at the National Asian American Theater Festival, at several universities across California, and at venues such as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, and the La Jolla Playhouse. Currently, he lives in San Diego and is working on a novel.


Joe Cascasan, actor and comedian, is a regular at Bindlestiff Studio. Formerly a member of the Bindlestiff sketch comedy group, Pork in the Road, Cascasan has performed with Taste Better Wit, and is in the current production of Stories High XII.




Alexandria Diaz deFato, dancer & performer, has been in works by Choreographers Alonso King, Greg Dawson, Robert Henry Johnson and Alleluia Panis. She’s a principal artist with Kultura Philippine Folk Dance Company of Los Angeles CA.



Wilfred Galila is a filmmaker, cinematographer, and musicmaker. Galila has worked on short films, documentaries, live performances, and theater, as well as post-production work for creative and corporate projects. He is also known to make music with his bands ElectroSonic Chamber and The Family of Man. Born and raised in Iloilo City, Philippines, Galila currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Gregory Manalo is an Oakland native. He has performed with Alleluia Panis Dance Theater in Ibig-Pulse of Desire at the Yerba Buena Garden Festival, Cherrie Moraga’s La Semilla Caminante produced by Intersection for the Arts, POMO 2008 with Brothers Keeper in The Renaissance directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Overseas Artists at Bindlestiff Studio. He will perform in Brava Theater Center’s production of Cherrie Moraga’s play New Fire and San Jose Stage production of Jeannie Barroga’s Buffalo’ed in 2012. His physical theater work is rooted in the Visayan Style Korto Kadena Eskrima System founded by the late Maestro Sonny Umpad. By day he is a Video Maker.


Post-Performance Discussion Participants
Joi Barrios teaches at UC Berkeley while serving as 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. She recently released her third poetry collection: Bulakak sa Tubig: Mga Tula ng Pag-ibig at Himagsik. In 2004, Barrios received the TOWNS (The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service) Award.



Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns teaches courses on Filipino American studies, Asian American theater, and protest performance at UCLA. She is completing a book titled Puro Arte: On the Filipino Performing Body. Burns began her entry into theater through her work with Roberta Uno at the New WORLD Theater. She has served as a reviewer for the MAP Arts Funds and for Los Angeles County Arts Commission. She also works in advisory capacities with organizations and individual artists throughout the U.S.As a dramaturg, Burns recently collaborated with Cindy Garcia in How to Make it to the Dance Floor: Salsa Guide for A Women (Based on Actual Experience).


Catherine Ceniza Choy is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a core faculty member of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and a former director of the Beatrice Bain Research Group on Gender. Catherine is the author of the award-winning book, Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History. This book, published in 2003, explored how and why the Philippines became the world’s leading exporter of professional nurses. Catherine is finishing a second book on the history of Asian international adoption in the United States.


Genevieve Lim has performed in poetry/music collaborations with Max Roach, Herbie Lewis, Francis Wong, John Santos, and Jon Jang. and at World Poetry Festivals in Venezuela, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Naples, Italy. Her play Paper Angels, was performed in San Francisco Chinatown’s Portsmouth Square to packed audiences in 2010 and won the San Francisco Fringe Festival Top Ten Award for Best Site Specific Work. Lim’s solo performances include Where is Tibet? at CounterPULSE, 2009, AfroSolo Arts Festival and Women on the Way Festival, 2010, and Falling Flags, at Shotwell Studios, October 2011.


You Will Gonna Go Crazy is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Community Celebration!
Fri November 4 | 6:30-9PM

Kularts Visual Arts Program:
The Filipino Community Center Mural
4681 Mission St. @ Persia,  San Francisco

Thank you to everyone who joined this community celebration to toast the completion of this new artwork with artists James “GaNyan” Garcia and Christopher de Leon. Featuring an In Progress Open Mic by ALAY.

As phase 2 of the KULAYAN Visual Arts Program, artist-instructors James “GaNyan” Garcia and Christopher de Leon, together with Kulayan students, FCC staff, and the Excelsior Pilipino community, were thrilled to create a new mural for the Filipino Community Center. Per community feedback, the design reflects local San Francisco/Excelsior heroes (Bulit Marasigan, Filipino-American Veterans, Philip Vera Cruz) as well as prominent figures in Philippine history (Jose Rizal, Melchora Aquino aka “Tandang Sora”). Each panel is anchored by an indigenous/ethereal being, one male and one female, symbolizing our inherent indigeneity and the balance of life.

The overall theme of the mural is rooted in the following concepts: a.) Emergence of Filipino voices organizing in San Francisco with deep connection to the Philippines, b.) Building solidarity with diverse communities in the Excelsior, c.) Harnessing the power of our people’s history in the Philippines and building a legacy in San Francisco, and d.) Power/strength, unity, hope, and the Bayanihan spirit to transcend struggle.

The Kulayan Visual Arts program is supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission and THE LIA FUND.


Community Celebration
Fri November 18 | 4-7PM

Kularts Visual Arts Program:
The Filipino Education Center Mural
Bessie Carmichael Midddle School/Filipino Education Center
824 Harrison St. @ 4th St, San Francisco

We celebrated the completion of this new community artwork with performances by Bessie Carmicheal students, hip hop group Power Struggle, DJs, music, and more. Thanks to those who made it out, despite the rain!

Congratulations to the Filipino Education Center/Bessie Carmichael!
See the new mural in a time lapse video, below:

Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us for a fun day of mural-making with artist Cece Carpio for our community paint day. See pictures here!

From the islands of the Philippines to the streets of Brooklyn, Cece Carpio paints people and places on the edges of survival. Using acrylic, ink, aerosol and installations, her work tells stories of immigration, ancestry, resistance and resilience. She documents evolving traditions by combining folkloric forms, bold portraits, and natural elements with urban art techniques. She has produced and exhibited work in the Philippines, Fiji Islands, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Italy, Norway and throughout the United States. She can often be found collaborating with her crew, Trust Your Struggle, teaching, and traveling around the world in pursuit of the perfect wall.



Tuloy Po Kayo was created through a collaboration between Kularts, the Filipino American Development Foundation, and the Filipino Education Center. This project is funded by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District, a nonprofit organization working every day to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood.


Annual San Francisco Parol Lantern Festival and Parade “PAG-ASA: Bright Visions for the Future”
Saturday, December 10, 2011 | 5pm

Yerba Buena Gardens | Jessie Square

The theme of this year’s Parol celebration is “PAG-ASA: Bright Visions for the Future.” Pagasa is the tagalog word for Hope. What is your hope and your bright vision for the future for yourself, your family, your organization, your community?

Join us for a memorable evening of lights and laughter!

5PM: Entertainment & Parol Gallery in Jessie Square
6:15PM: Parade Starts at Yerba Buena Gardens
6:30PM: Music, Gimme Games, and Tala Awards in Jessie Square

Gimme Game prizes from Seafood City, Rainbow Grocery, Starbucks, Mrs. Field’s Cookies, Jamba Juice, Subway, and MORE!

Note: In case of rain, outdoor activities will be cancelled and the festival will take place in St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 6:30pm.




Parol-making workshop 
Sat December 17, 2011 | 2-5PM FREE!

Hallidie Plaza (Powell Street BART) 

Last chance to make your 2011 Parol lantern! Thanks to those who joined us for a festive and fun-filled afternoon.

Featuring music by violinist Melissa Atienza and Kulintronica.

View photos of the workshop here.





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