Wow! Have you ever watched something so amazing that you are just like – ‘Wow!’? Yeah, that was my inner dialogue for the whole 3 hours of the first tri-level performance ever done.
Being allowed to photograph (even this dress rehearsal) was super important because they were turning photographers away. I was sooooo thankful to be there.
Three distinguished Los Angeles performing groups – Kultura Dance Company, Philippine Chamber Singers, and the Filipino-American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) – celebrate the multi parts of the Filipino Culture – even I (born in the Philippines) – haven’t seen. AND I used to dance in a Filipino performing group (like uber years ago)! I know, I’m ashamed.
Experiences like these make me so proud to be Filipino – will you real Filipinos please stand up!? I mean, it rocked my Filipino house down. However, I may be pure blooded Filipino but I may get some of the names of the dances all wrong : ) Bare with me, I wanna do them justice…
This is called Pamaypay ng Maynila, a dance that is telling of the natural beauty of the Filipina. ‘She can be anything…a mother, daughter, sister, lover, friend…‘ It also shows the practiced traditions of their relentless faith in the Virgin Mary.
The one thing I cannot take a pictures of is music. I wish you can hear how beautiful this choir sang. I especially loved watching how much they love to sing.
I don’t know what the story is of this dance, but watching this woman made me cry. She was a very passionate soul and dancing seems to be how she shares that part of her.
This dance is called Tinikling. All I know is – boy, I got excited and tired at the same time. It’s such a happy dance. Try tap dancing your way between bamboos clamping to trap your feet AND still have phenomenal hair after. Dancing with the Stars can’t beat these folks.
Wow… I wish I can do that. The last time I performed this dance someone’s napkin set on fire. What in heaven’s name is it called? Ah, yes, of course…. Pandango sa Ilaw – thanks to all of you who left a comment).
I think he looks better in coconuts than I ever would. Actually, that’s a very old friend, Wilsun Menor : ) And he does look good in coconuts.
I didn’t know Filipinos were known for their hopeless romanticism. Must be a Spanish influence. Hey, don’t some of the costumes look Spanish? Yes… because they were in our country for 300 years (I hope my history is better than my math).
I hear her real shawl is beautiful. This is a dress rehearsal, after all.
Again… wow. This dance, called Singkil, pays homage to the prince and princess. If I were a real princess I’d wanna dress like her for a month. I’d even have that lady carry an umbrella over me – I’d pay her well of course (just kidding). This dance was rad! I mean, awesome! I loved the passion of it. I think it’s called the Paunjalay. A couple’s togetherness as they ward off evil spirits portrayed by the use of languid arm and wrist movements. If there were a Filipino Dancing With the Stars I think this dance should be a standard.
And that’s how it’s done! This show has been made possible by not just the sponsors, but the commitment of everyone involved. Dina Jose, the director, said something that sums up the whole experience I had last night…it went something to the effect of –‘Filipinos have always prospered through unity. The country, the culture, the traditions and the art.’ It’s true. Without the fruits of Kultura’s labor and commitment to the production I wouldn’t have had awesome photos and information to share with you : )
I hope you guys get a chance to watch this show. Here is the information…
||7/2/2010 8:00 PM to 7/3/2010 11:00 PM
||John Ahnson Ford Ampitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd, East
Hollywood, CA 90068
Telephone: (323) 461-3673Early buyer incentive: purchase by June 25 & 26 and pay only $60
Buy three or more events and pay only $48
Full price $65
VIP tickets available
For more information visit one of Kultura’s sponsors, FILAM NATION
Wink wink… If you email me at email@example.com I will tell you a way you can buy two tickets for the price of one…
Enjoy and Mabuhay! (that means long live)