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Wednesday, Aug 29 2012
It took “Wawa” Jay Loyola, artistic director and cofounder of the American Center of Philippine Arts in Oakland, over a decade to perfect "Tagabanua." This unique project combines indigenous rituals, dances, beats, and chants from Loyola’s adoptive tribe in Palawan with contemporary choreography and music. "Tagabanua" brings traditional Filipino folk dance to new, collaborative, and innovative heights. The name translates to “from the village,” which speaks to the drive behind Loyola’s latest community-minded endeavor. The master choreographer, as artist in residence at Kularts, invites participants to join in a full-length performance of Tagabanua in an attempt to set a new world record for largest Palawan Dance Event. This attempt underscores Loyola’s continued efforts to spread Filipino cultural awareness and hope that Bay Area Asian-Pacific Islanders embrace the traditions that make up their rich diversity. The flash mob performance is part of the Union Square Outdoor Summertime Concert Series. Join this ambitious, bold, and historic feat and celebrate the many rhythms that thump through downtown San Francisco.
Sun., Sept. 2, 2:30 p.m., 2012

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