Mindanao: The Legend of Tabunaway, Mamalu, and Their Descendants, concept, choreography and direction by Potri Ranka Manis
New York – On its 25th anniversary year, the Kinding Sindaw Heritage Foundation, Inc. will premiere Mindanao: The Legend of Tabunaway, Mamalu and Their Descendants at La MaMa E.T.C from June 21 to June 24, 2018, with concept, choreography and direction by Potri Ranka Manis. Mindanao The Legend highlights the resilience of the indigenous peoples and the sultanates of the southern Philippines as passed through generations of oral tradition in the legend of the brothers Tabunaway and Mamalu.
Mindanao The Legend will bring you into the lives of Tabunaway and Mamalu, two brothers who nurtured the land through rituals that depict the cycle of life. Their colorful way of life is reflected through dance, chants, and the Kulintang gong music of the ancestral Mindanao tradition-bearers. Mountains and rainforests caught in the winds of fierce typhoons of this spirited land are brought to life through the power of scarves, apir (fans), and Silat martial arts movements. Woven into Mindanao The Legend, is the history of the Lumad and the Moro indigenous peoples who descend from Tabunaway and Mamalu. For centuries, the descendants of Tabunaway and Mamalu are repeatedly invaded and sieged by foreign forces. Yet, they remain steadfast and rise from the ashes as they uphold the undaunted spirit of their ancestors whose resilience keep them unconquered.
Mindanao The Legend will run from June 21 to June 24, 2018, at 7PM, with matinee shows on June 23-24 at 2PM for a duration of 2 hours with intermission. Watch it at the Downstairs at La Mama. Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, $10 first 10 tickets of each performance. For more ticket info, please go to www.lamama.org/mindanao or call (212) 352-2101.
To support the work of Kinding Sindaw, join us and other distinguished guests in the Premiere Benefit Night of Kinding Sindaw’s 2018 production, Mindanao, The Legend, on Friday, June 22, 2018, at 6:30 PM-10:00 PM, at La Mama ETC, 44 East 4th Street, New York, NY. The Premiere Benefit Night will have a cocktail formal reception and an opportunity to bid on unique silent auction items. To obtain tickets for the Premiere Benefit Night at $150 each, please go to http://lamama.org/mindanao/ or contact Malaika Queano at 917-817-3966 or email us at email@example.com
“Kinding Sindaw created magic,” New York TIMES
Kinding Sindaw (Dance of Light), founded in 1992 by Potri Ranka Manis, is renowned for its indigenous-led majestic dance theater productions which recreate the living traditions of dance, music, martial arts, storytelling, and oratory of the indigenous peoples of the Philippines. Its repertoire is of the Iranun, T’boli, Maranao, Maguindanao, Yakan, Higaonon, and Tausug peoples of the southern Philippines. By asserting their arts and living traditions, the historical and contemporary stories of these peoples are brought to life. (Photo and press release and photo by Malaika Queano of Kinding Sindaw Foundation)
For more information, visit: www.kindingsindaw.org.