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World Premiere of AntingAnting Project

Pilipinx artists, educators, and culture bearers critically consider the relationship between museum objects and their cultural contexts through ritual, dance performance, and scholarly inquiry. 

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KULARTS and the Asian Art Museum present Alleluia Panis’s AntingAnting Project, a multidisciplinary project exploring the talismanic power of movement and dance through ritual performance. 

This performance is intended to spark a community-wide re-examination of the separation between many of the objects held by the museum and their original context of traditional cultural practices. The project seeks to create a contemporary framework, relevant to diasporic Pilipinx life, for these museum objects from a community-centered perspective. 

This program is also presented on Saturday, Jan 27.


Program Schedule 

2:30–2:45 PM 
AntingAnting Ritwal Sa Labas Ceremony with guest artist and Sama culture bearer Al-Raffy Alnado Harun and Agos Program youth 

2:45–3:00 PM  
Guest Lecture by researcher and educator Carlo B. Ebeo, Commissioner of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Philippines  

3:00–3:30 PM 
AntingAnting Santo Diwata performance by director and choreographer Alleluia Panis 

3:30–4:00 PM 
Q&A with lead artist Alleluia Panis 


Featured Dance Artists 

Dre ‘Poko’ Devis 
Jess DeFranco 
Johan Casal 
Sydney Rae Leong  
Angel Velez  
Genevie Dela Cruz 
Tessa Nebrida 
Jenelle Gaerlanjose e abad

Artistic and Production Team 

Alleluia Panis, Director and Choreographer 
Joshua Icban, Composer 
Ladislao ‘June’ Arellano, Costume Designer 
Wilfred Galila, Media Artist 
Irene Faye Duller, Poetics 




Founded in 1985, KULARTS is a not-for-profit arts organization based in San Francisco, California. KULARTS is the premier presenter of contemporary and tribal Pilipinx arts in the United States. Its mission is to inform and expand the understanding of American Pilipinx culture through the arts; to nurture the artistic development of Pilipinx American artists; and to preserve the spirit and integrity of ancient Pilipinx art forms.  


Alleluia Panis  is the driving force behind KULARTS and respected elder artist in the US and the Philippines. She has created over 20 full-length dance theater works since 1985. She received awards for her choreography from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, SF Arts Commission, California Arts Council, New Langton Arts, and Creative Work Fund. She was a fellow at the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute and at Rockwood Leadership Institute. She was awarded the prestigious SFAC Artist Legacy, Gerbode Special Artist Award, Dance/USA Artist Fellow, and the Hewlett 50 Arts Commission award.


Researcher, producer, educator, and festival organizer Carlo B. Ebeo is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of the Philippines, commissioner of the National Commission for Culture & the Arts, and national coordinator for the National Book Development Board’s Book Nook Project. Ebeo has produced and curated numerous arts projects including Mga Durungawan Sa Kulturang Pilipino (Windows to Philippine Cultures) Hinugyaw Festival, T’nalak Festival, the Incheon Bilingual Theatre Festival, and various museum exhibitions. His extensive research experience includes a four-year study on the origins of the Filipino people at Uppsala University, Sweden and leadership of OCSEAN (Oceanic and South East Asian Navigators). 


Al-Raffy Alnado Harun is a performing artist and Sama culture bearer born and raised in Sitangkai, province of Tawi-Tawi. A cultural worker and a performer, Harun was the Artistic Director of the Sining Parmata Performing Arts of Mindanao State University and led Sitangkai’s Lepa Theatrical Troupe; he won the Best Talent in Malaysia for Mister Culture Asia and was the Tawi-Tawi area coordinator for the Genetic Variation of Filipino People Project. He holds degrees from the Mindanao State University – Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography and Uppsala University in Sweden. He is a Legislative Staff Assistant for the Policy Research and Legal Services BTA-BARMM Cotabato City. 


Image: Dance artists: Frances Teves Sedayao, Dre ‘Poko’ Devis, and Johan Casal. Photo by Wilfred Galila. 

Organizers & Sponsors

This project is commissioned by the Asian Art Museum with funding from the Creative Work Fund—a program of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund that also is supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation—and with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, SF Grants for the Arts, and California Arts Council. 

This program is part of the Asian Art Museum Re-History Series, which critically examines the history of the museum and its collections with consideration of race, colonialism, and power.

The Re-History Series is generously supported by Target. 

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