October 22, 2005

Alamat / Banyan.

I'm watching Bindlestiff Studio's production of "Alamat" tomorrow, and thought I should do my part promoting it.

From the Bindlestiff press release:

In commemoration of the Filipino American History Month in October, Bindlestiff Studio, the epicenter of Filipino American arts, today announced an upcoming touring theater production of writer Rodolfo Carlos Vera's Alamat (Legends), a performance project about identity, history and folklore.

The play will run for eight shows starting on
October 6-8th at El Camino Theater in South San Francisco,
October 21-22 at Serramonte del Rey Theater in Daly City and ending on
December 9-10 at the Diego River Theater of City College of San Francisco.

Directed by Louie Pascasio and performed by resident Bindlestiff Players, the play features the braided story of three different generations of Filipino men dating back to the 1904 St. Louis World Exposition in Missouri when a large group of indigenous Filipinos came to America clothed in their sacred traditions, haunting chants and pulsating beats. Alamat is a story about reclaiming one's heritage through myths and folktales waiting to be retold and reawakened.

To make reservations, please call (415) 255-0440 or email reservations@alamatlegends.com

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"Alamat" is presented in conjunction with community forums (the first of which I presented at, and failed to even promote on my blog):

Sacred Traditions: Aesthetics, Community and Cultural Significance.
October 28, Friday
6:30-8:30 pm
Manilatown Center (tentative venue)
848 Kearny Street @ Jackson
The forum will include an excerpt from “Alamat”, documentary on T’nalak of the T’boli and community dialogue with featured panelists, Fides Enriquez Founder of Pacific Ethnographic Research Society and others.

Globalizing Culture: Interrogating the Exoticised “Other”
November 17, Thursday
6:30-8:30 pm
1010 Mission @ 6th Street
Bayanihan Community Center
Program TBA

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And there's more:

Asian American Theater Company (AATC) presents:

BANYAN by Jeannie Barroga
A World Premiere Theatrical Production
Directed by Francis Tanglao-Aguas
Featuring Perry Aliado, Shelene Atanacio, Roberto Divina, Michael Dorado, James Lontayao, Victoria Mejia, Ryan Morales, Jose Saenz, and Vicki Zabarte.

November 3-20, 2005

BANYAN is a modern-day, multicultural variation on THE WIZARD OF OZ that incorporates Pilipino fantasy, folklore, and humor. A woman, during her 'dream vacation' to the Philippines, embarks on an allegorical adventure sprinkled with aswang (witch) tales, hostages, romance, intrigue, and 'symbolic' terrorism. Her journey through the jungles of the Philippines mirrors her dilemma over her role in a corrupt corporation's nefarious secrets in a paper shredding room.

For BANYAN tickets and more information, visit
http://www.asianamericantheater.org/productions/banyan or call 800.838.3006.

Posted by the wily filipino at October 22, 2005 12:01 AM
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