WEAVING: An Afternoon of Pinay Poetry/Performance/Song/Dance

Join us for an afternoon of poetry, dance, performance and song by eight talented Filipina American women living, working and art-making in Los Angeles. These amazing women will be performing new work/pieces made especially for this showcase. Support their creative efforts and enjoy an afternoon filled with powerful, inspiring and thought provoking art in the Museum’s outdoor patio.

A satellite event of “The (Dis)Embodied Filipina: Fashioning Domesticity, Weaving Desire Exhibition”

Saturday, December 5, 2009, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Pacific Asia Museum Outdoor Patio
46 North Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101

Admission: $9 general / $7 students and seniors / free for children 11 and under and for members

Co-sponsored by: Project Pacific Pipeline, UCLA Amerasia Journal’s Women Issue “WHERE WOMEN TELL STORIES”, Kundiman West Coast, and Habi Arts

Curated by: Irene Soriano Brightman

PAMALAK (Poetry and Performance)
Rebecca Baroma
Alfie Ebojo
Melinda Corazon Foley
Melissa Roxas
Stephanie Santos
Minerva Benedicto Vier

KANTA (Song)
Nicole De Jesus
Jenny San Angel

SAYAW (Dance)
Cheryl Samson

Rebecca Baroma is a special education teacher at a middle school but has been incognito for a few. She dabbles in different forms of expression and is currently working on a play which will be read in December at East West Players. She is very happy to be back, up and running.

Alfie Ebojo – bio traveling as we speak.

Canadian Native, Nicole De Jesus, is a singer-songwriter, pianist, guitarist, and visual artist. Originally trained as a musical theater singer, Nicole has also ventured off in a variety of styles of music, such as rock and pop. When not doing music, she is creating art through painting and drawing, which happens to be Nicole’s first love. She currently resides in the Los Angeles area, where she holds a voice studio for singing lessons known as “Nicole De Jesus Voice Studio”.

Melinda Corazon Foley – writer, performer – novels, screenplays, poetry, webisodes. proudest projects to date: “the ice hotel” for bryan – and “vigilante”.

Melissa Roxas is a poet, writer, and a human rights activist.  She is a survivor of abduction and torture perpetrated by the Philippine military.  This experience strengthens her resolve to continue her human rights work and to continue writing for truth and justice.

Cheryl Samson is a proud member of the Balagtasan Collective, a family of artists and organizers, where she was able to merge her love for artistic expression, community organizing and involvement, as well as truly express her identity as a Filipina American growing up in the Los Angeles area. 5 foot Pinay, a quarter Chinese, she truly loves the life that she was blessed with, the family that defines her and the friends that save her thru and thru. Constantly trying to find balance in her life, she loves to: keep her physical body and creativity stimulated thru dance and yoga; capture stories and moments thru her cameras and writing; listen to people’s life stories thru her day job; keep her mind stimulated by learning other languages and about other cultures; and stay connected spiritually thru daily meditation.

Jenny San Angel has been playing music since she was a band nerd in jr high playing clarinet (one time, in band camp). By day, she’s a Net Admin at USC – by night, she plays drums, guitar, bass, and keyboards for various projects. Her weaknesses? Mac n’ cheese, beer, Japanese food and Rubik’s cubes (not in that order).

Stephanie Santos – bio traveling as we speak.

Minerva Benedicto Vier is a writer-performer from Cebu, Philippines who currently lives in Los Angeles. As an actor, Minerva has performed in various L.A. stage productions for theater companies such as Center Theater Group, Playwrights Arena, Casa 0101, Will & Co., Antaeus Classical Theater and Collage Dance Theater. As a writer, she has penned the plays Stateside Girls, Uterine and Magdalena among others. As a dancer, she has worked with The Second Company of Alvin Ailey and is currently working with Silayan Dance Company (a Philippine contemporary dance company) in Bihag: A Hiphop Tinikling.

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