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A History of the Body Workshops
Bayanihan Community Center
San Francisco, CA
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A History of the Body Workshops
Pagbabalik Project's A History of the Body
FALL 2010 PHASE in residency with Kularts

WORKSHOP 2: "What's In Your Medicine Cabinet?"
Sun OCT 10, 2-5PM
Lead Artists: Aimee Espiritu and Aimee Suzara

Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94103
Workshop Fee: $40, $30 Student/Senior (includes $10 Materials Fee)

Join Aimee Espiritu and Aimee Suzara in a visual arts and writing workshop that puts a critical eye on the ordinary products that live in your medicine cabinet.  Using your own cherished products, explore how these items define beauty, health, gender and "necessity" for women through storytelling, while building artistic techniques in mixed-media collage and photography. This workshop is open to all women of all ages and cultural backgrounds.


Aimee Suzara
Writer/performer/educator Aimee Suzara completed her M.FA. at Mills College and has been sharing poetic and multidisciplinary work since 1999.  Her play, Pagbabalik (Return) in 2007 was selected for APAture, Emerging Performance Festival, the Emerging Performance Festival at CounterPULSE and granted the Zellerbach Community Arts Fund in 2006-7.  Her poetry collection, the space between. was published by Finishing Line Press (2008) and nominated for the California Book Award; her writing appears in several journals and anthologies, including Check the Rhyme, An Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees (Lit Noire Press), Kartika Review, 580 Split and Walang Hiya/No Shame (Arkipelago Books 2009). Currently, in addition to her work on A History of the Body, she is collaborating on text-dance work with Amara Tabor-Smith's Deep Waters Dance Theater.  She has been a part of the collectives Kreatibo (queer Pin@y performance group), with which she co-created the Curve Lesbian Theater-Award winning "Dalagas and Tomboys: A Family Affair" in 2004, as well as Dancers Without Borders, a women's group whose work responded to violence against women post-911.  With her roots in social justice activism, Suzara co-founded the environmental justice organization Filipino/American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity (FACES) in 1999, and has worked with San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR) and the Youth Media Council.  A passionate advocate for arts and literacy, she currently teaches English and poetry at community colleges and leads workshops on poetry and performance for youth and adults throughout the Bay Area and beyond.

FRANCES SEDAYAO - Choreography
Sedayao has been performing in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 12 years. Her training in martial arts and dance began at CSU Hayward and at the Alvin Ailey School in New York. Her performance interests range from politically charged themes to experimental dance theatre-based works incorporating traditional and modern performance art forms. Her works with Pilipino recording artist, Joey Ayala, artist-activist Pearl Ubungen, NUBA, Amara Tabor-Smith, Sue-Li Jue, Dandelion Dance among many others continue to inspire her passion for performance as means for global change and justice.  As an independent artist, she has presented original works in the SF Bay Area, New York and Vancouver BC.  Frances is a Serpent Source Grant Recipient and was honored as the Dance Featured Artist for 2003 Apature in SF. In 2007 she was awarded a NY arts' residency from Dance OMI International where she collaborated with 10 dance artists. She was the lead choreographer for Aimee Suzara's Pagbabalik (Return) and currently works with Nina Haft, Anne Bleuthenthal, and Facing East Dance and music.

AIMEE ESPIRITU - Stage Design, Research
Aimee M. Espiritu, a queer filipina, visual and performance artist, educator and designer, has been creating art workshops, writing, performing, and directing theatre for the past six years.  Aimee was the co-director/performer of "VEIL: a night of fashion, politics, and sister power" (2003).  Aimee has performed in Seattle's first benefit production of Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues" (V-Day Seattle 2003).  Aimee helped create and organize the first annual Queer Women of Color Gathering in Seattle, Washington (2004).  Aimee's was a lead actor in Pagbabalik (Return) (2006-2007), a multidisciplinary production merging Filipino tradition and innovation to examine the meanings of home and return.  She has also contributed as a writer, actor, and director in Bindlestiff Studio's first all-queer production "The Bakla Show" (2007).  Aimee most recently, contributed to the National Queer Arts Festival in 2009, providing dramaturgy and direction for "Translations" (2009), a queer people of color community-centered and collaborative production.

Made possible in part by the Zellerbach Family Foundation.*
This project is fiscally sponsored by CounterPULSE.



Bayanihan Community Center
1010 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States

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