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09/21 - 09/22/2012: Kularts Production: Make Your Own Revolution


[caption id="attachment_5453" align="alignright" width="300"] Image source:[/caption] Make Your Own Revolution: Remembering people’s strength in resistance to Martial Law

Friday & Saturday | September 21-22 | 6-8:30pm

Bayanihan Community Center 1010 Mission Street @ 6th San Francisco

Suggested Donation: $5-20

Join Kularts for two evenings of performance inspired by people’s resistance to state violence. Forty years ago, Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law, ushering over two decades of brutal dictatorship, repression, murders (aka “salvaging”), and the subsequent revolution, now known as” People Power Movement.”

Make Your Own Revolution provides a space for the community to commemorate the traumas of martial law and remember the strength of “people power.” Activities include staged readings; live music; participatory sidewalk drawing of mandalas; and the installation of a bangka, a boat sculpture inspired by indigenous ritual.

Experience stories of dictatorship, martial rule, and other forms of state repression:

  • seen through a journalist’s pain-filled chronicles
  • heard through the sounds of Manila nightclubs &lounges
  • foreshadowed in the showdown of power between the Dictator’s wife and the world’s most famous boy band
  • felt in a young girl’s confusion as she struggles to understand her life under Martial Law
  • rocked by the rage of punk bands and songs of dissent
  • witnessed in the Dictator’s clandestine steamy affair-gone-public
  • evoked in the conjuring elements of street protest theater.
  • Against larger state forces enacting violence on its people, Make Your Own Revolution affirms the resilience of everyday acts and inspires creative responses. These performative acts mourn continuing deaths and suffering, and honor the valor of people power.


Friday, September 21, 2012:

  • Opening ritual and Bangka installation
  • Literary Readings: international works of protest against state violence by Maria Josephine Barrios and Paul Ocampo
  • Multi-media interpretation of José F. Lacaba‘s Days of Disquiet, Nights of Rage directed by Jason Magabo Perez
  • Folk Music by Ang Grupong Pendong
  • Post-show discussion

Saturday, September 22, 2012:

  • DJ JoelQuiz (aka Joel Quizon) Compilation (re)mix of Manila Nightclub and Lounges Soundscape
  • Reading of Katrina Tuvera’s Jupiter Effect directed by Jason Magabo Perez
  • Reading of Lysley Tenorio’s Monstress directed by Sean San José
  • Punk Music by Bankrupt District, with excerpts from R. Zamora Linmark’s Leche
  • Street theater performance of U.P. Peryante’s Ilokula Ang Ilokanong Dracula directed by Allan S. Manalo
  • Post-show discussion

Make Your Own Revolution’s curatorial team includes: Professors Christine Balance (UC Irvine) and Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns (UCLA), Writer/Director Allan Manalo, Actor/Director Sean San Jose (Intersection for the Arts), Writer/Director Jason Magabo Perez, and Musician/Producer Jesse Gonzales (piNoise Pop). This event is made possible with support from the San Francisco Arts Commission-Arts for Neighborhood Vitality.

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