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10/23/2011: PAWA Presents a Hip-Hop Theater Workshop with Kilusan Bautista at Bindlestiff Studio


[caption id="attachment_4454" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Image design: Bryan Marcelino"][/caption] Hip Hop Theater: Healing & Cultural Empowerment

How can the Hip Hop generation reclaim its voice and use the aesthetics of Hip Hop culture for personal healing and cultural empowerment? Universal Filipino, written and performed by Kilusan Bautista, is a solo Hip Hop Theater Production that explores the dual identity processes for Filipino Americans in a modern, multicultural racist America. An excerpt of the full production will be presented along with an in-depth discussion based on the themes of Universal Filipino. Lets share our personal histories in order to move forward as a united community that embraces the personal and political sides of our historical movement.

All ages and ethnicities are welcome to join. Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in.

Where: Bindlestiff Studio • 185 Sixth Street • San Francisco, CA 94103 When: Sunday October 23, 2011 • 1-4 pm Tuition: $10-15 sliding scale suggested for students/teachers/artists; $15-25 general. Please make checks payable to PAWA (please write "10/23 workshop" on the memo line)  • PO Box 31928 • San Francisco, CA 94131-0928 (paypal option here; please scroll down)

About Kilusan Bautista: Actor, experimental performance artist, playwright and humanitarian, Kilusan Bautista is an emerging voice for Diasporic Asian Pacific Americans raised within the Hip Hop Generation. Kilusan means movement in the Philippines and he was given this name in 1999 as a reminder to live as a conscious and caring global citizen. Originally from San Francisco, CA, and currently based in New York City, Kilusan combines the performance elements of theater, spoken word poetry, martial arts and interpretive movement.

He has appeared on Showtime as the opening act for Top Rank Boxing Light Weight Champion Nonito Donaire (2008). Kilusan was published in the Philippine News after winning the Grand prize for a State-wide letter writing contest sponsored by the California Council for the Humanities (2005). He was awarded the Congressional Community Service Award -Kabataan Komemorative- in 2006 by CA Senator Tom Lantos. Kilusan Bautista's new work, "Universal Filipino," has toured throughout the United States of North America with the purpose of building cross cultural unity and personal healing through the performance arts.

10/21/2011: Kilusan Bautista's Universal Filipino at La Peña (Berkeley)


PAWA is proud to be community partners for Kilusan Bautista's La Peña performance of Universal Filipino.

Universal Filipino is a new solo Hip Hop theater piece written and performed by Kilusan (Jeremy Bautista). It premiered in 2010 at the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective, Bronx, NY. This play offers a creative and cutting edge presentation of the contemporary struggles for working class, Filipino Americans in the diaspora and the interconnectedness of Hip Hop culture with indigenous, tribal Filipino cultural expressions. "Universal Filipino" is an artistic collaboration with DJ Soulcrates (sound engineer/live DJ from Sacramento, CA), Yuisa Davila (Co-director from the Bronx, NY), and Lia McPherson (movement director/choreographer from Detroit, MI).

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Kilusan Bautista will also be conducting a Hip-hop theater workshop at Bindlestiff Studio on 10/23/2011.

09/23 - 09/25/2011: Universal Filipino at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe


Please also read Tony Robles's interview with Kilusan Bautista at Poor Magazine.

Who gave you the name Kilusan and what meaning does it hold for you?

In 1999, I was part of a Philippine study abroad program for Filipino Americans known as Tagalog On Site.  I was given the name Kilusan, which means active movement, by community activists and artists who encouraged me to continue the movement for social justice and human rights in the United States of North America.  The name Kilusan is more of a reminder that as a Filipino American I am connected to a global struggle and I have a responsibility to live consciously and to live for social change!

What is your relationship to poverty and how has it informed your work?

I grew up within a working class family in San Francisco.  Most of my youth dealt with the domestic struggles of having a father addicted to drugs.  I also have family in the Philippines who either live in urban slums or rural provinces.  As an artist and humanitarian, I create my work from these places because they molded how I see the world.  I work from the ideal that transformation comes from immense pain and struggle.  Therefore I look at poverty as a foundation that informs my work because it was a part of my identity as a young Filipino American and it was a huge push factor that influenced my family to immigrate to the United States of North America.

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07/30/2011: Kilusan Bautista at Verses (Nuyorican Poets Cafe)


Urbintel Presents


when poetry is not enough... open mic, poetry, monologues, sketch comedy showcase

Saturday, July 30, 2011


Nuyorican Poets Cafe 236 East 3rd Street (BTWN Ave B & C) New York, NY 10009

Hosted by: The CRAZY ONE Helena D. Lewis


Truthbtold Kasim Allah Kilusan Bautista Ron Kipling Williams Samuel Henry

Doors Open 9:30 PM/Show Time 10 PM

DIRECTIONS TO THE NUYORICAN By NYC Subway:Closest Subway Stop is "2nd Avenue" on the F Train:F Train to 2nd Avenue Station. Get out at the 1st Avenue exit and walk east to Avenue B. This is the closest subway train stop, since you'll be getting out on East Houston Street, which is already below 14 Street, and you'll be getting out on 1st Avenue, which is pretty far east.R Train to 8th Street Station. This is a bit of a walk but you're in the neighborhood. You'll end up on Broadway and West 8th Street when you get out of the train. Walk east to Avenue B, then over to East 3rd Street.4 or 5 Train to 14 Street Station. Walk east to Avenue B, then walk over to East 3rd Street.6 Train to Astor Place Station. Same directions as above, only you'll be about 6 blocks closer.You can take any train to the West 4th Street Station, but we recommend that you switch to the F Train at that point and take it to the Second Avenue Station. West 4th Street Station is way west of the cafe, but it IS a downtown stop and in the vicinity. If you must go this route, it's a beautiful (but long) walk on a summer's night. Find East 3rd Street when you exit the train, and just keep walking east .....(like 8 avenues).If you come by car, the fastest way is via the FDR drive, since we're on the east side of Manhattan. The exit is Houston Street. You've got to make a right from Houston Street

Kilusan Bautista at Urban Crazes: Every Night I Die


From Urban Crazes: I am excited to be casted within an amazing theater production this summer in Washington DC. “Every night I die,” is a new play written by Amanda Andrei and directed by Francis Tanglao-Aguas will be premiered at the Capital Fringe festival beginning July 19th, 2011 and running for 4 other shows till July 24th, 2011. You don’t want to miss out.

“Every night I die” is a classic drama based in Mindanao, Philippines during the 1930’s. Love, deceit, an over-protective family and the religious diversity of the islands are symbolic themes embedded within the story.

This play is filled with the best acting talent in the Washington DC area: Paolo Santayana, DonMike Mendoza, Joana Danielle, Regie Cabico, Grace Yeon and Jennifer Armas. I was casted to play Dacquel Cortez. Dacquel is the oldest brother, a farmer and a strong Protestant. He reminds me of many stubborn Filipino men whose words and opinions cut straight to the truth despite hurting peoples feelings.

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