LULA WASHINGTON DANCE THEATRE
TOGETHER WITH
KAYAMANAN NG LAHI PHILIPPINE FOLK ARTS

PRESENT A SHARED CULTURAL PERFORMANCE

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JUNE 19, 2021 - LULA WASHINGTON DANCE STUDIOS

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BECAUSE OF OUR RESPECTIVE HISTORIES, WE RISE.
THROUGH OUR JOY OF DANCE, WE COME TOGETHER.
WITH UBUNTU / KAPWA, WE CELEBRATE IN SOLIDARITY.

This shared cultural performance with Lula Washington Dance Theatre and Kayamanan Ng Lahi celebrates Philippine independence from Spain (June 12) and African American emancipation from slavery (June 19).

LWDT will highlight concepts of the African American experience through contemporary modern dance. KNL will offer a glimpse of the richness and diversity of Philippine culture through dance – from the northern Cordillera mountains of Northern Luzon to the provincial country and seaside of the Visayas, and the time-honored traditions of Southern Mindanao.

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PROGRAM

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

Lula Washington / Tamica Washington
Barbara Ele / Joel Jacinto / Melissa Veluz

 

LWDT: LIFT EVERY VOICE & SING (1990)

(African American National Anthem)

Choreographed by: Lula Washington
Performed by: Danny Guerrero, Quron Clarks, Kozue Kasahara

Music by: Melba Moore

 

KNL: WE ALL COME FROM SOMEWHERE

(A tapestry of Philippine dance movements in the diaspora)

Choreographed by: Barbara Ele
Hip hop choreography by: Kamea Nguyen and Keianu Jacinto

Performed by: KNL Full Ensemble, featuring Keianu Jacinto

Written, composed and recorded by: Anthony Fedorov

 

NARRATION BY BARBARA ELE

KNL: A MEDLEY OF PROVINCIAL LIFE
TINIKLING - A mimetic dance from the Visayan islands that depicts farmers trying to catch the nimble long-legged tikling bird by clapping bamboo poles.
Performed by: Robert Almanzor, Renee Balboa Canullas,
Christine Cadiz, Tinette Sumiller, Frances Borgona Chacon, April Mascardo

GAWAY-GAWAY - An occupational dance from the town of Jaro in Leyte province that celebrates the bountiful harvest of the gaway–a plant of the purple taro or ube family.
Performed by: Alex Macayan, Frank Lozier, Renee Viray, Rhian Advincula, Sophie Viray, April Mascardo, Melissa Veluz

MAGLALATIK - Originated from Binan, Laguna, the mock war dance mimics a fight between the Moros and the Christians over the prized “latik” or the meat of the coconut.
Performed by: Robert Almanzor, Jed David, Keianu Jacinto, Frank Lozier, Alex Macayan,  Lucca Salazar, Ajani Veluz Abraham

Dances and medley choreographed by: Barbara Ele

Recorded music performed by: The Rondalla Club of Los Angeles

 

LWDT: TRIBUTE TO THE RELEASE OF NELSON MANDELA, & THE YOUTH OF SOUTH AFRICA, (2005)

(South African Boot Dance)

Choreographed by: Lula Washington

Consulting Artists: Lula Washington, David Mabowe, Tamica Washington-Miller

Performed by: Danny Guerrero, Quron Clarks, Kozue Kasahara, Mayumi Rhone, Glenjamin Rodriguez
Music By: Indestructible Beat of Soweto, Earth Works
Song: Sini Lindile

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KNL: JOTA ANGELINA

A KNL creation paying tribute to the strength of the Filipina. Using the standard triple time counts and movements of the Spanish-influenced Jota, KNL’s original Angelina uses unstrung bamboo castanets, similar to the wooden castanet used in flamenco. In contrast, is the elegant use of the Manton de Manila (shawl) by the women.

Choreographed by: Barbara Ele

Performed by: Robert Almanzor, Frances Borgona Chacon, Christine Cadiz, Jed David

Music composed by: Nitoy Gonzales
Recorded by:  The Rondalla Club of Los Angeles

LWDT: I’M STILL HERE (2021)

(This is a work in progress that will be part of a larger work based on Immigration)

Choreographed By: Lula Washington

Music by: Yo Viviré (I Will Survive) by Celia Cruz

Performed by: LWDT company and Apprentices

KNL: PANGALAY / A NEW BEGINNING

A meditative traditional dance of the southern Philippines performed with contemporized rhythms.
Choreography by: Barbara Ele

Music adaptation of: A New Beginning by Justin Ramos

Musicians: KNL Dayaw - Joel Jacinto, Camille Ramirez, Jojo Ramirez, Ajani Veluz Abraham

Dancers: Robert Almanzor, Christine Cadiz, Jed David, Tinette Sumiller

LWDT: LIVE MUSIC & DANCE SELECTION

Rhythm/Song: Manjani Dounba

Musicians: Jelani English, Nelan Miller, Veritus Miller

Dancers: Members of KNL and LWDT Youth Dance Ensemble

KNL & LWDT: MUSIC & DANCE JAM

KNL Musicians: Joel Jacinto, Camille Ramirez, Jojo Ramirez, Ajani Veluz-Abraham
LWDT: Jelani English, Nelan Miller, Veritus Miller

Dancers: KNL Ensemble and LWDT Company and Youth Dance Ensemble

 

LWDT: PRAYER OF THE BLACK MADONNA

Philippine civil war, middle passage, killing of both of our people

Choreographed By: Lula Washington

Music by: Ayub Ogada

Song: Kothbiro

Performed by: Ongelle Johnson

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LWDT & KNL: THE GLOBAL VILLAGE EXPERIENCE

A shared social experience of love and happiness as cultures harmonize through dance, the international language of joy.

The Global Village Experience is based on Lula Washington’s “The Global Village”, a joyous celebration of dances from around the world and down the street! The piece incorporates LWDT traditional and folk dances including Indigenous Native American, West African, and Chinese movements fused with Ballet and Modern dance with the social dances of today, including KNL’s traditional and folk dances of the Philippines. The Global Village Experience opens the dance up to enable LWDT to share the stage with other cultural dance companies.

Overall Choreography & Structure by: Lula Washington

KNL Choreography by: Barbara Ele

Performed by: LWDT and KNL

Music by: Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Roy Ayers

Song: 2000 Black

To all attending today’s performance, we celebrate kapwa and ubuntu with you and wish you all good health!

Thank you! Asante! Maraming Salamat! Daghang Salamat! Agyamanak!

LULA WASHINGTON DANCE THEATRE

Excellence In Dance Since 1980

Founding Members Of The International Association Of Blacks In Dance

Proud Members Of Dance/USA

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STAFF

Lula Washington - Founder/Artistic Director

Erwin Washington - Co-Founder/Executive Director

Tamica Washington-Miller - Associate Director

Terri James - Technical Director & Stage Manager

Carolina Mendizabol - Sound

Veritus Miller - Sound Assistant

Nelan Miller - Stage Manger’s Assistant

Roshada Baldwin - Volunteer Studio Assistant

Drummers - Jelani English, Nelan Miller, Veritus Miller

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lula Washington, Erwin Washington, Jane Dawson, Emma Lewis Thomas, Michelle Flewellyn-Wiggins, Bede Ssensalo, Tamica Washington-Miller

 

LWDT PROFESSIONAL COMPANY

*Each Company Dancer is a Special Assistant to Ms. Lula

Quron Clarks, Danny Gurrero, Ongelle Johnson, Kozue Kasahara

 

LWDT COMPANY APPRENTICES

Kaitwan Jackson, Vuong Nguyen, Mayumi Rhone, Diana Worby, Glenjamin Rodriguez

 

LWDT YOUTH DANCE ENSEMBLE

Janay Wiggins, Grace Martin, Khalelah Jones, Simone Ewell, Jaela Anderson, Dominique Oakley, Destiny Polian, Robert Wherry, Joel Muepo,

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR DONORS, VOLUNTEERS & SUPPORTERS!

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The Lula Washington Dance Theatre is celebrating 41 years of continuous dance! For more information about LWDT performances, programs and upcoming events join the mailing list! Send an email request to: school.lwdt@gmail.com

or join by making a donation of any amount below:

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LWDT UPCOMING EVENTS

SUMMER DANCE FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH & TEENS 
June 28 – July 31

  • Creative Expressions Dance Camp

  • Youth/Teen Intensive

  • Carmen De Lavallade Dance Legacy Workshop Series

July 31           Student Summer Showcase

 

LWDT COMPANY PERFORMANCES & EVENTS
July 18            Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet Company
The Music Center & LWDT Collaborate on a live simulcast of the company performance, in real time from the Music Center of Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet Company performance.  

 

August 29        Big August Quarterly – A Celebration of Gospel Music & Dance

LWDT Company and Youth Dance Ensemble, Live Music and Gospel Singing Artists, Special Guest Speakers! Big August Quarterly (or August Quarterly) is an annual festival established in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1814 by Peter Spencer in connection with the "quarterly" meeting (or "conference") of the African Union Church. The August Quarterly is the oldest African American religious festival in the nation. It was a time for free blacks and slaves alike to come together (from the multi-state area) and celebrate for a weeklong celebration of religious freedom, freedom of speech, and the right to assembly.

September        Fall Classes and programs begin

 

Consider hosting your next event at the LWDT outdoor stage and/or Studio Theatre!
For More Information Email: school.lwdt@gmail.com or call 323-292-5852

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre is supported in part by:

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And we are proud members of:

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KAYAMANAN NG LAHI PHILIPPINE FOLK ARTS

TREASURES OF OUR PEOPLE

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Our mission in Kayamanan Ng Lahi is to inspire transformation through cultural understanding and artistic expression so that we empower ourselves, our families and communities, and enrich society. 

Celebrating our 30th year, we are a family-oriented, multigenerational folk arts organization that strives to create meaningful experiences for our members and audiences everywhere, with the hopes of deepening our connection between our Filipino heritage and “operating system”, and with our Filipino American identity in the diaspora. Through education and entertainment, we provide opportunities to learn and experience the richness and diversity of Philippine culture through dance, music, and song. We hold four primary core values which we instill in our teachings and presentations always, and in all ways: These are Katiwala (stewardship), Kalinangan (culture), Kapwa (shared-identity), and Galang (respect).

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ARAW (SUN) - EXECUTIVE STAFF
Barbara Ele - Artistic Director / Choreographer
Joel Jacinto - Program Director
Ave Jacinto - Administrative Director
Robert Almanzor - Associate Dance Director
Tinette Sumiller - Associate Dance Director
Jed David - Associate Program Director

ULAN (RAIN) - MANAGEMENT STAFF
Frank Lozier - Internal Communications and Operations
April Mascardo - External Communications and Marketing

HANGIN AT LAOT (WIND & SEA) - COORDINATING STAFF
Melissa Veluz, Renee Viray, Renee Balboa Canullas, John Aquino, Frances Borgona Chacon, Justin Manalang, Trisha Perez, Andre Nicdao, Joy Nicdao, Mark Kaiklian

UBUNTU / KAPWA PERFORMERS

SAYAWIT - ADULTS
Alex Macayan, April Mascardo, Barbara Ele, Christine Cadiz, Frances Borgona Chacon, Frank Lozier, Jed David, Melissa Veluz, Renee Balboa Canullas, Renee Viray, Rhian Advincula, Robert Almanzor, Tinette Sumiller
JUNIOR SAYAWIT - TEENS
Ajani Veluz-Abraham, Keianu Jacinto, Lucca Salazar, Sophie Viray

DAYAW - MUSIC ENSEMBLE
Camille Ramirez, JoJo Ramirez, Ajani Veluz-Abraham, Joel Jacinto

MARAMING SALAMAT / THANK YOU
Our parents and families for their continued love and support.
Our cultural bearers and ancestors for instilling our pride of culture and heritage.
Our performers and volunteers for today’s event and dedication.
All of LWDT (especially Lula, Tamica, Erwin and Marcus) for joining us in our journey of kapwa and ubuntu.

 

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Thank you! Asante! Maraming Salamat! Daghang Salamat! Agyamanak!