Vancouver, BC, Canada (September 2018): Internationally recognized Filipino Performing Folk Arts Group, Kababayang Pilipino (KP) celebrates its 25th year anniversary in a special commemorative presentation, “Tatak” on November 23rd and 24th, 2018 at the Vancouver Playhouse in Vancouver. The Vancouver based group will showcase the beloved folk dances and music of the Philippines, a country that features a broad spectrum of dance styles and influences including indigenous, Arabic-Malayan, Spanish and western vestiges.
“Tatak” is the Tagalog word for signature, or brand, and it is a fitting theme to celebrate KP’s 25 years of existence. The repertoire will feature brand new, original works created by KP’s resident choreographers. The pieces are rooted and inspired by traditional Filipino folk dance movement, and will be an expression of the connection that the artist has between the past and the present. Daring, bold and unapologetic, the new works explore what it means to be a folk dance practitioner in a contemporary world, as a Filipino artist not living in their homeland. The folk dance classics will always be present, but in “Tatak”, the performing artists attempt to answer the question of “What’s next?”.
“Tatak” will feature new work, including five world premieres, as well as one Canadian premiere, created by four of KP’s resident choreographers. “It was really important to push ourselves with this program, to honour where we have come from but also to show who we are today, and where we are wanting to go”, said Randy Romero, Artistic Director.
With an ensemble of over 60 members comprised mainly of first generation Filipino-Canadians, Kababayang Pilipino is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Filipino folk heritage through its presentation of dance and music. Conceived for youth, by youth, this vibrant group provides the opportunity for its members to educate themselves and in turn, educate the community at large about the rich history and culture of the Filipino.
About Kababayang Pilipino
Since 1993, Kababayang Pilipino has been wowing its audiences with its dynamic and dramatic traditional Filipino dance interpretations complemented by its authentic and brilliant costuming and fiery live musical accompaniment. Under the continuing direction of, Randy Romero, Kababayang Pilipino continues to push the boundaries, taking what is essentially folk and making it contemporary and relevant. From its desire to discovering new horizons, while committing to preserving the authenticity of its presentations, Kababayang Pilipino, while always looking back to its new roots, continues to propel itself forward as one of the premiere performing folk arts groups in Canada.
Friday, November 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm
600 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
General Admission Tickets | $30