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Labayen Dance/SF's: TAKE 5
The Garage
San Francisco, CA
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Labayen Dance/SF's: TAKE 5
Labayen Dance/SF  presents TAKE 5, world premiere works by four prolific choreographers & multi-award winning dance maker, Enrico Labayen. Set in an intimate space, the dance concert is  a series of solos, duet, and trios tackling themes from the complexity of human relationships, the environment, female power, politics, sexuality, or demonstrates the pure joy of dance at The Garage on 715 Bryant and 5th Street on November 1, 2 and 3 at 8pm, $20. Tickets available a and $25 at the door.

Labayen Dance/SF presents TAKE 5; featuring the exciting and innovative works of five prolific choreographers Laura Bernasconi, Victor Talledos, Frederick Gaudette, Daiane lopes da Silva and multi-award winning choreographer, Enrico Labayen.

Award winning choreographer Enrico Labayen will premiere "Awit ng Pag-Ibig" (Tagalog meaning  "songs of love"), a suite of dances inspired by memories of folk & love songs my mother use to sing/hum that Labayen remembers when he was a child and a young man growing up in the Philippines;

Daiane Lopes da Silva will present "Chrysalis", a dance piece that investigates the connection between the primitive state of mind and bodily sensations.

Exploring the "Stockholm Syndrome", Frederick Gaudette will present  and  perform  "Walls within Walls," an investigation into the human psyche considering the prisons we put ourselves in through our own thoughts.  He will also be presenting "Such Great Heights," a new work about beauty and athleticism in the female form.

Laura Bernasconi will premiere a male duet "Call to Prayer" which is a commentary on the realization that the anatomical configuration is secondary to the love between two spirits of human beings".

Victor Talledos will be presenting Desde lo mas profundo del corazon al limite de la razon (from the dephts of the heart to the limit of reason), the work is about love, passion and jealousy leading a woman to insanity & Desolation deals witth two strangers with the same intention, both gave up in life, trying to finish their suffering by coincidence they chose the same place to do it, one gets another chance, the other takes the last step.

About Labayen Dance/SF:

"powerful, gritty and inspirational, a true gift to Bay Area audiences."  Critical Dance

Labayen Dance/SF (LD/SF), founded in 1994, Labayen Dance/SF (LD/SF) is dedicated in nurturing the artistic activities and the choreographic work of its founder and director, Enrico Labayen. LD/SF's repertory stems from Mr. Labayen's unique background; it combines his firm base in classical and modern American dance with his Philippine heritage and its eastern philosophical and artistic assumptions. The company seeks to introduce the mainstream dance audience to Asian-American aesthetics and sensibilities through the presentation of dance performances. This is accomplished directly through the blending of Asian and American themes, music, and performers, and also indirectly through the quiet, focused grace and delicacy prevalent in Asian culture, as fused with the attack and unflinching individuality of American culture. The juxtaposition of these two cultural forces within Mr. Labayen's work has led to the creation of a new, unique physical and artistic language.

Central to Enrico Labayen's work is the desire to communicate with the audience. Whether defining a narrative through movement, or eliciting a specific emotional response, the dramatic integrity of his work draws the audience in, encouraging them to take part in a collective artistic experience. At LD/SF, we envision a concert scenario in which the audience, regardless of cultural, gender and political background, connects deeply with our artistic and cultural ideals. We embrace our culture, while simultaneously challenging stereotypes and pushing boundaries, believing that art and dance can serve as a vehicle for understanding and identification between all human beings.

Labayen Dance/SF is also enjoying tremendous success nationally and abroad at venues such as the Delacorte Dance Festival (NYC); Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival (NYC) ;  The Singapore International Arts Festival; Odyssey Arts Exposition (Singapore); Internationales Tanz Theater (Bonn, Germany); Dance For Tolerance (Bielefeld, Germany); Dance with Objects Festival (Potsdam, Germany); Stuttgart Tanz Festival (Germany); Amman International Theater Festival (Jordan); Filipino American Arts Exposition (USA); Music and Arts Festival @ Columbia University's Miller Theater (New York City, USA);  Lesbian and Gay Dance Festival (San Francisco, USA); Human Rights International Arts Festival (San Francisco, USA); Men Dancing Fest (San Francisco, USA); Autumn Dance Series (San Francisco, USA); Bay Area Dance Series (Oakland/San Francisco USA); International Theatre Festival (Philippines); UNESCO-International Theatre Institute's Theatre World Theatre Olympics (Philippines).

The Company is a grantee of California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission California Artists Series, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, International Theater Institute (Asia), University of New South Wales in Australia, National Commission on Arts and Culture (Philippines), University of the Philippines (UP) Film Department, Arts International (USA), The Zellerbach Family Fund, The Hotel Tax Fund, The Asian and Asian-Pacific Islander Cultural Grant for United States of Asian Americans.

About Enrico Labayen:

" Creates powerful, stunning dance for the new world"  Stark Insider

Enrico Labayen, (Artistic Director/Choreographer) A 3-time recipient of the Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography,  Labayen has also worked as dancer, guest ballet master and choreographer with the San Francisco Opera, Dance Spectrum, Sacramento Ballet, Bern Ballet in Switzerland, Mainz Stadt Theatre, Rotebuhlplatz Stuttgart, Potsdam and Berlin in Germany, Singapore Dance Theatre, LINES Contemporary Ballet-US, Hong Kong Ballet, Ballet Philippines, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria, Carte Blanche Contemporary Dance Company in Norway, Icelandic Ballet in Iceland and Philippine Ballet Theatre. Labayen is a grantee of California Arts Council, SF Arts Commission, and Grants for the Arts, The Zellerbach Fund, Arts International and International Theatre Institute and guest artist for such residencies as the Djerassi Artist in Residence (US) and Rimbun Dahan Artist residency in Malaysia, The Netherlands Dance Theatre (Holland) and the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music.

Mr. Labayen has received awards, fellowships & citations from Beaux Arts Society of New York as "Dancer of the Year"; The Dutch Ministry of Cultural Exchange Fellowship Award , Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music Residency Fellowship'  "Choreographer of the Year" award by Manila Chronicle (Philippines) ; The Isadora Duncan Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Choreography" (USA); Filipino American Faces of the Century - " of the Filipino Americans whose lives celebrate all that the Filipino American is capable of and have truly shaped our history in the United States and given the Filipino Americans and its community the inspiration to realize their dreams."; Filipinas Achievement Award (USA;The City of Manila's  "Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Award" (Guardian of Art and Culture) for Dance in the 2004 ; Named as a Global Filipino by The Filipino Channel, International (TFC),  Cultural Caregiving Travel Grant to Australia; Guest lecturer at University of New South Wales, Sydney; Residency at Djerassi Artists Residency (US), Rimbun Dahan Artist Residency (Malaysia), UN-International  Theatre Institute, National Commission for Art and Culture, The Cultural Center of the Philippines


The Garage (View)
715 Bryant & 5th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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