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Ralph Escamillan | FakeKnot

PIÑA

2023-11-16 20:00 2023-11-17 21:00 60 Canada/Eastern 🎟 NAC: Ralph Escamillan | FakeKnot

https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/33708

In-person event

Piña: A well-known traditional Filipino fibre made from pineapple leaves   Inspired by artistic director Ralph Escamillan’s experience as a first-generation Canadian-born Filipinx, PIÑA examines the parallels between the physicality of that experience and this delicate yet resilient textile. In this quartet, Escamillan combines traditional folk dance, history, music, and modular costumes to create an anthropological journey where piña, the...

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Azrieli Studio,1 Elgin Street,Ottawa,Canada
November 16 - 17, 2023
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© Rydel Cerezo
© Rydel Cerezo
© Rydel Cerezo
Dance Contemporary Canadian
“PIÑA is as cleverly imaginative as it is culturally celebratory. ” Stir Vancouver
  • In-person event
  • ≈ 60 minutes · No intermission
  • Flashing lights
NAC Co-production

Piña: A well-known traditional Filipino fibre made from pineapple leaves  

Inspired by artistic director Ralph Escamillan’s experience as a first-generation Canadian-born Filipinx, PIÑA examines the parallels between the physicality of that experience and this delicate yet resilient textile. In this quartet, Escamillan combines traditional folk dance, history, music, and modular costumes to create an anthropological journey where piña, the delicate yet resilient textile, parallels the fragility and strength of contemporary diasporic people.  

Like many of Escamillan’s work, PIÑA uses costumes as tangible objects that open the doors of memory and advance the narrative of the performance. Inspired by traditional Filipino clothing (Terno and Barong Tagalog), the modular costumes transform as the work unfolds, resulting in a unique quality of movement dictated by the restrictions imposed by the costumes.  

As artistic director, Escamillan draws on his experience as a street, commercial and contemporary dancer to shape a truly unique choreographic perspective, while questioning his identity as a queer person and a person of colour.

Artists

  • ralph-escamillan-headshot
    Artistic Directeur and Choreographer Ralph Escamillan
  • Costumes Jill Laxamana
  • danah-rosales
    Dancer Danah Rosales
  • denisa
    Dramaturg Denisa Reyes
  • justin
    Dancer Justin Calvadores
  • Dancer Tin Gamboa
  • gabriel
    Lighting design Gabriel Raminhos
  • Stage manager Kayleigh Sandomirsky
  • Created by FakeKnot 
  • Artistic Direction and Choreography Ralph Escamillan
  • Costumes Jill Robyn Laxamana 
  • Lighting Design Gabriel Raminhos 
  • Original Music and Sound Design Kimmortal 
  • Dramaturg Denisa Reyes 
  • Piña Textile Raquels Piña Cloth 
  • Dancers Ralph Escamillan, Tin Gamboa, Justin Calvadores, Danah Rosales
  • Featuring Consultants & Mentors
  • Master Piña Weavers Carlo and Raquel Eliserio, Raquels Piña Cloth 
  • Philippine Folk Dance Mentor Peter Alcedo 
  • Lighting Mentor Jonathan Kim
  • Kundiman Music Mentor Jeremiah Carag 
  • Philippine Textile Historian Sandra Castro 
  • Philippine Textile Conservationist Lenora Luisa A Cabili (Filip+inna) 
  • Philippine Dress Historian Gino Gonzales (Ternocon)  
  • Multimedia Artist Luna Mendoza 
  • Co-founder of HABI The Philippine Textile Council Adelaida Lim 
  • Author and Educator Dr. Randy Madrid 
  • Fashion Designer Anthony Legarda 
  • Curator of Exhibitions at SFO Museum Nicole Mullen 
  • Producer & Agent Francesca Piscopo 
  • Marketing and Communications Manager Jonathan James 
  • Administration Coordinator Kevin Soo-Locsin
  • Accounts Manager Ann Hepper 
  • Acknowledgement PIÑA is produced by FakeKnot and co-produced by the National Arts Centre. FakeKnot gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, the City of Vancouver, SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, The Dance Centre’s Artist-in-Residence program, Toronto Dance Theatre, Far Eastern University (Manila), Dance Victoria, and Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre.