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Bindlestiff Studio
San Francisco, CA
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Thank you for attending silbihan as part of the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center's USAAF 2017. Feel free to follow us online for future events.


Samantha "SAMMAY" Dizon's silbihan* is a multimedia dance theater piece that seeks to reflect on personal experiences of first-generation Pilipina-American daughters and their migrant mothers from the womb to present day. This week-long curation includes a writing workshop series led by three uniquely pinay storytellers, a community open mic centered on the theme of "silbihan," and will culminate in SAMMAY's performance work of silbihan - all leading up to Mother's Day 2017. To register for writing workshops, visit

SAMMAY's piece investigates the (dis)connections between mothers and daughters of the diaspora through the lens of religion versus spirituality  centered on the daughters discovery of the babaylan. In collaboration with Joshua Icban (composer/musician), Solitaire Miguel (documentarian/media artist) and JoAnna Ursal (choreographer/performing artist) with artwork from Kim Villagante (emcee/visual artist)  silbihan will be an orchestration of pastpresentfuture dialectics as SAMMAY unravels what the Pilipina migrant mother could embody had she not been born into a colonized country of Catholicism, under the spell of amnesia from Spanish occupation and US imperialism. Would the relationship between mother/daughter be an opportunity for shared feminine and spiritual ideals had she not been coerced to do away with her native traditions? Are mothers and daughters open to healing intergenerational trauma and retroactively celebrating their indigenous spirituality as a way of life? On the contrary, are there postcolonial values which have been passed down that shine light on an alternative yet sustainable way of being in this 21st-century navigation?
*silbihan was originally envisioned and cultivated through the Performing Diaspora 2016 Artist-in-Residency at CounterPulse.

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

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