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09/10/2012: Bayanihan Returns to New York, Washington, DC

09 October 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.—More than 50 years after it first took to the stage in the United States, the Bayanihan, the world-renowned national dance company of the Philippines, will again delight audiences and critics when it performs in New York and Washington, D.C. next month.

The Philippine Embassy said the Bayanihan will be performing at the Lincoln Center in New York on 1 November 2012 and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. on 3 and 4 November at the invitation of the newly launched US-Philippines Society.

“We look forward to sharing with our kababayans, friends and supporters here in the United States one of the national treasures of the Philippines—the Bayanihan,” said Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr.

"As a proud sponsor of the Bayanihan's visit to the United States, we are delighted to reacquaint American audiences with this extraordinarily compelling display of dance and rhythms drawn from the rich and varied cultural traditions of the Philippines,” said Ambassador John F. Maisto, President of the US-Philippines Society.

Ambassador Maisto said the Bayanihan performance is under the patronage of Ambassador Cuisia and his wife Victoria and sponsored by Philippine Airlines; Lewis College; Natori Company; SM Development Corporation; Vonage; ABS-CBN Global; Lin Ilusorio-Bildner; Richard Lee of The Covenant Car Company and the US Education Finance Group.

The Bayanihan, which is the first Filipino group to perform on Broadway in 1959, has the distinction of being the first non-American dance company to perform at the Lincoln Center as well as the first Philippine cultural group to perform in Russia, the People's Republic of China and throughout South America.

Founded in 1958, the multi-awarded dance company has performed in more than 55 countries in six continents with its brightly colored costumes and breathtaking physical feats.

The Bayanihan will perform at the Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center, New York City at 7:30 p.m. on November 1 and at the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center at 7:30 p.m. (gala performance) on November 3 and at 2 p.m. (matinee) on November 4.

Ambassador Maisto said the Bayanihan will perform five suites featuring a spectacular display of Philippine culture drawn from the country's 7,100 islands. These are:

  • People Under the Sun, which captures the friendly sunny nature of Filipino country folk;
  • Mindanao Mosaic, which brings to life the Arabian and Indo-Malayan influences that settled on this vast island as early as the 14th century;
  • Intramuros of Memory, which depicts the pervasive echo of four centuries of Spanish influence on Filipino dance styles;
  • Amorsolo, which is Bayanihan's tribute to the first National Artist of the Philippines, Fernando Amorsolo; and
  • Traditions Renewed, which breathe new life, meaning and feeling into ancient rituals in the highlands of Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago.

In Washington, D.C., tickets are from $25 to $95 and can be purchased at the Kennedy Center Box Office; charged by phone at 202-467-4600; or ordered online at www.kennedy-center.org. For more information, interested parties may contact the US-Philippines Society at 202-525-3982. ###