World Premiere of Palau’an Bird Call – Huni Ng Tandikan

October 17, 2012 in Performances, Philippine Master Artist-In-Residency, Uncategorized, Works by Jay Loyola

Palau'an Bird Call - Huni Ng Tandikan cover image, design by Tina BesaKularts Presents the World Premiere:
Palau’an Bird Call – Huni Ng Tandikan
Master Choreographer: Jay Loyola
Music Score: Nick Obando

Friday | November 2, 2012 | 8pm
Saturday | November 3, 2012 | 3pm & 8pm 

YBCA – Forum
701 Mission @ 3rd St., San Francisco (MAP)

Tickets: Friday: $21, Saturday: $26 (BUY NOW)

Philippine Dance like you’ve never seen before!

Commissioned by Kularts, Master Choreographer Jay Loyola creates a powerful new dance work inspired by Francisco Baltazar’s Ibong Adarna, a beloved Philippine epic of a dying ruler cured by the song of the mythical adarna bird. Loyola, an adopted son of the Tagbanua Tribe, creates a fierce contemporary dance story, blending the epic’s 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.

A principal dancer and associate choreographer for the prestigious Bayanihan National Folk Dance Company of the Philippines—Loyola has extensively researched, documented and participated in the rituals and dances of the tribal people of Palawan and the Philippines. His vision is to create a theatrical presentation of Palawan rituals and dances for the stage, so that audiences experience not only the original dances, but also understand the story and the context in which the rituals, dances, and music traditionally take place. This new staged production is performed by members of Bay Area dancers from Parangal Dance Company, LIKHA, and Alleluia Panis Dance Theater.


Photo of Chariss Ilarrina by Ernesto Andrade, Make-up by Maki Esguerra

Photo of Chariss Ilarina by Ernesto Andrade, Make-up by Maki Esguerra

Performers (In Alphabetical Order)

Amada G. Rey Arcilla
June Arellano
Alexandria Diaz de Fato
Ritchel Tan Gazo
Vince Hutalla
Chariss Ilarina
Ronald Inocencio
Major Julian
Sidika C. Jugueta
Greg Manalo
Jonathan Michael Mercado
Lydia Neff
Nick Obando
Bryan Pangilinan
Von Parsario
Kim Requesto
Renalyn Tan Salazar
Jonathan Tioseco



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Meet Master Choreographer Jay Loyola

Jay Loyola, Photo Courtesy ACPA

Jay Loyola, Photo Courtesy ACPA

Jay Loyola, Kularts’ Philippine Master Artist In Residency toured internationally as a principal dancer of the Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company from 1989-98. A protégé of Philippine National Artist and founding Dance Director of Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, Lucrecia Reyes-Urtula, Loyola served as her Assistant Choreographer. He has led several performances internationally, including; the Singapore Arts Festival; Russia’s Kaliningrad International Dance Festival; Tokyo’s Konnichiwa Festival; China’s Macau Arts Festival in China; The Philippine International Dance Festival; France’s World Folklore Festival in France, and events in Germany, Italy, and the Philippines. Since immigrating to the US, Loyola has created Sembà and Kadayawan, with Rudi Soriano, for the Likha Philippine Folk Ensemble. Performed at the SF Ethnic Dance Festival in 2008, Kadayawan was nominated for a Isadora Duncan Award. Loyola was commissioned by Barangay Dance Company of SF to create Pakidwa for the 2010 SF Ethnic Dance Festival, and A People of the Current for the 2011 SF Ethnic Dance Festival at the YBCA Novellus Theater. Loyola co-founded the American Center for Philippine Arts in 2009, and now serves as Artistic Director. He is an adjunct professor of Philippine Dance and Culture at University of San Francisco, and serves as a consultant for Philippine Cultural Nights at colleges and universities throughout the US.


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