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Babay L. Angles:
May Malas Sa Loob Pero May Datating Pa (There’s been wickedness within but something else is coming).: An exploration of the Pinay Psyche in process of Decolonization
A performance/ritual which excavates the horrors and pains of a specific fragmented and maladaptive Pinay psyche in its process of decolonization. Movements carry ancestral memory of the heavily militarized spaces where the Pilipinx body was/is maimed, manipulated, policed and sexualized. Pilipinx continue to battle our colonial mentality and historical amnesia as reflected in the hours of horror-filled TV streamed in our homes displaying game shows with oversexed women shaking their hips as the poor are put on stage to dance/sing to American pop songs. Where do we draw strength within this chaos? We resist. Through malas, fighting spirit, legend, myth, horror and remix.
J. Bouey: The Space Between Words
The Space Between Words performs healing practices used to cope with depression, anxiety and childhood trauma. Through storytelling and virtuosic contemporary movement, The Space Between Words uses the lived experiences of the performers to bring attention to larger contexts around mental health for Black men in America.
Rourou Ye: Phantom Duet
A work for solo performer and darkness, Phantom Duet is a confrontation, confession and reconciliation of loss, confusion, and surrender as an act of self-empowerment. The counterpoint between projected video, shadow, and Ye’s onstage body reveal an uncovered, uncompromising, and audacious view of sexuality and the female body.
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