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A collaboration with Bay Area Pilipino master artists, Philippine dance choreographer Jay Loyola, composer Florante Aguilar of the award winning documentary Harana, and Kularts Artistic Director Alleluia Panis, presented by Kularts, Ba-e Makiling re-imagines an indigenous mythological love story told through the dynamic emerging genre of Philippine dance theater performance.

Set before the coming of Europeans, in an imagined remote village at the foot of Mount Makiling, the deity Ba-e Makiling, guardian of the dormant volcano unexpectedly falls in love with an injured villager, hunter Lakai. Inspired by Philippine myths and native spirituality, their relationship serves as an empowering message to re-discover and reclaim the indigenous self denied by centuries of colonization.

For this production, Loyolas innovative dance movements deliberately draw upon barrio or rural, celebratory native dances by Christianized Pilipinos of Luzon and Visayan islands. Rooted in deep pre-colonized cultures, when the Spanish came, these dances were strategically disguised as depictions of peacefully content farmers and fishermen to prevent Spanish Catholic priests from banning them as dances of the devil.

The choreography in Ba-e Makiling will investigate the hidden characteristics harbored in the celebratory dance form and its connections to other indigenous forms of warrior arts, spirituality, rituals and tribal justice.

Kularts presents the world premiere of Ba-e Makiling

Weekend I:
FRI SEPT 9, 7:30 PM
SAT SEPT 10, Matinee  2:30 PM & [;;;SOLD OUT: Evening - 7:30 PM];;;
SUN SEPT 11, Matinee  2:30 PM

Weekend II:
FRI Sept 16, 7:30 PM
SAT SEPT 17, Matinee  2:30 PM & Evening - 7:30 PM
SUN SEPT 18, Matinee  2:30 PM

Bindlestiff Studio
185 - 6th Street San Francisco, CA
Advance Online Tickets:
Advance: $18, at the door: $22

The full-length 50 minute dance theater piece will be performed by eleven dancers: Isa Musni, Jonathan Mercado, Danielle Cruz Galvez, Frances Sedayao, Ronald Inocencio, June Arellano, Stephanie Herrera, Darren Garza, Eden Alcomendas,  Aly Beltran and Dennison Gallardo to an original score inspired by the Philippine traditional musical genre of percussion gongs,  chants,  drums and flute by Florante Aguilar, creator of the award-winning documentary, Harana: The Search for the Lost Art of Serenade, two weekends at Bindlestiff Studio in the South of Market (SoMa).

For more information about the characters, story and Ba-e Makiling production visit:


Founded in 1985, Kularts is the premier presenter of contemporary and tribal Pilipino arts in the United States. We are a non-profit arts organization based in San Francisco, California. Kularts presents and produce tribal and contemporary Pilipino art works.

Our mission is to inform and expand the understanding of American Pilipino culture and preserve the spirit and integrity of ancient Pilipino art forms. We produce innovative artistic works; foster mentorship among emerging and established artists; facilitate local and international collaborations; design and implement educational outreach programs and lead cultural tours to the Philippines.

Jay Loyola, Master Artist of Philippine Dance, has created over 50 Pilipino folk dance works performed in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Loyola traveled the world as a principal dancer for the prestigious Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company; a protégé of Philippine National Artist in Dance Lucrecia Reyes-Urtula. He was adopted into the Tagbanua tribe. Loyola established the all-indigenous Palawan Dance Theater. He migrated to the US in 2006 and became Dance Director of SFs LIKHA Pilipino Folk Ensemble 2007-08, creating major works Sembà and Kadayawan with Rudy Soriano. Barangay Dance Co commissioned him to choreograph Pakidwa (2010) and People of the Current (2011). Kularts commissioned Loyola to create Huni (2012) and Maség (2014). Loyola is a professor of Philippine Dance and Culture at University of San Francisco and the founding Artistic Director of the American Center of Philippine Arts. Bae Makiling is the third time Kularts is commissioning Loyola as the master artist in dance and choreography.

Florante Aguilar, Composer and Lyricist, is a leading proponent of Philippine harana and guitar music in the US today. Aguilar grew up in Cavite where he learned to play the octavina in a rondalla group. He trained as a classical musician at the University of the Philippines College of Music. With a scholarship he studied at the Manhattan School of Music with Sharon Isbin. He later toured with the Buffalo Guitar Quartet and recorded New Music for Four Guitars (New World 384-2). He received his Bachelor of Music Degree at the SF Conservatory of Music (1996) under David Tanenbaum. In 2012, Aguilar joined director Benito Bautista to create the film Harana. It won awards at (2012) Hawaiian International Film Festival, (2013) SF CAAMFest and (2013) Pac Arts Movement in San Diego. He has completed Kularts commissions: Lalawigan (2009) and Aswang (2013) and was the composer for Maség (2014). Bae Makiling is the second project Aguilar joins Kularts and Loyola as composer.

Alleluia Panis, Kularts Artistic & Executive Director, is the driving force behind Kularts and respected elder artist in the US and the Philippines. One of the founding members of Kularts, Panis has served as the Director since its inception in 1985. She has created 15 full-length dance theater works since 1980. As an individual artist, she has received grant awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New Langton Arts, the SFAC-Individual Artist, Creative Work Fund, and The Gerbode Foundation. Her work has been performed on main stages in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She was the managing director for ODC Theater (1995-97) and for Brava Theater Center (1998-2001). Panis develops Kularts innovative programs: its annual showcase of contemporary works; the community-based Parol Lantern Festival & Parade; international projects such as the Philippine Master Artists U.S. Residency Program and the Philippine Tribal Tour. Panis annually returns to the Philippines for study and research. Shes a board member of API Cultural Center and Yerba Buena Events.



Bindlestiff Studio (View)
185 Sixth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States

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Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Arts > Visual
Music > Folk

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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