All are invited to learn pangalay techniques and context in an open, all-ages community workshop shared by Kara Nepomuceno ’20.
Pangalay is the Tausug name for a gestural dance form practiced in Tawi-Tawi, a region of southern Philippines, danced to the music of kulintang, a gong instrument similar to gamelan. This workshop will invite participants to learn pangalay basics but anyone is also welcome to observe.
Funding from the Shansi In-Asia Grant allowed Kara to pursue her winter term project, Traditional Gestures, Contemporary Identities, studying pangalay with performing arts non-profit AlunAlun Dance Circle. Traveling to Manila, Philippines, she trained with artists Joy Cruz, Nannette Matilac, and Ligaya Fernando Amilbangsa in the Amilbangsa Instructional Method (AIM).
Dance and other living traditions carry important cultural knowledge. This workshop will include a brief presentation on pangalay in a contemporary context, exploring how this dance informs not only understanding of self and environment, but also the struggle for self-determination and identity in the Philippines and Filipinx diaspora.
This workshop will focus on specific hand gestures which can be practiced standing or sitting. We apologize that this workshop will be held on the second floor of Warner Dance Center, which is not easily wheelchair accessible.
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