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Philippine National Dance Company, Bayanihan, to Perform Free Concert at THEARC Theatre

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, along with the Office of the Secretary, will co-present a free dance performance with the Philippine Embassy, of the group Bayanihan. After making its US debut 50 years ago, Bayanihan, the world-renowned national dance company of the Philippines, returns to the US with a performance at THEARC on Friday, November 2, 2012.

The performance is a stop on the group's short US tour, which includes performances at the Lincoln Center in New York on November 1 and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on November 3 and 4.

"Living in the nation's capital, Washingtonians are exposed to and learn from many cultures from around the world," said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. "We are excited to present this free performance which highlights the traditions of the Philippines."

"As a proud sponsor of the Bayanihan's visit to the United States, we are delighted to reacquaint American audiences with this extraordinarily compelling display of dance and rhythms drawn from the rich and varied traditions of the Philippines," said Ambassador John F. Maisto, President of the US-Philippines Society.

Founded in 1958, Bayanihan is the first Filipino group to perform on Broadway—in 1959. The multi-awarded dance company has performed in more than 55 countries on six continents with its brightly colored costumes and breathtaking physical feats.

Bayanihan will perform five suites featuring a spectacular display of Philippine culture drawn from the country's 7,100 islands. These are:

  • People Under the Sun, which captures the friendly sunny nature of Filipino country folk;
  • Mindanao Mosaic, which brings to life the Arabian and Indo-Malayan influences that settled on this vast island as early as the 14th century;
  • Intramuros of Memory, which depicts the pervasive echo of four centuries of Spanish influence on Filipino dance styles;
  • Amorsolo, which is Bayanihan's tribute to the first National Artist of the Philippines, Fernando Amorsolo; and
  • Traditions Renewed, which breathe new life, meaning and feeling into ancient rituals in the highlands of Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago.

Who: Bayanihan

1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, DC

When: Friday, November 2, 2012
4-5 pm