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Categories: Dance, Interdisciplinary, Family

Dates: September 17, 2021 - September 19, 2021

Run Time: 70 mins

Venue: Bartram’s Garden


About Nanay:

Nanay is a site-specific interactive dance performance honoring Nanays (mothers) and Lolas (grandmothers) as integral to Filipino migration histories. Premiering during the Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2021, Nanay will unapologetically exhibit an archive of our ancestral stories through an embodied storytelling performance merged with poetry, soundscape, and installation art. The live performance will be held at Bartram’s Garden on Sept 17, 18, 19, 7-8 pm.

This is an outdoor event. Please bring your lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and bug repellents of choice. Option to bring a pen and paper for the interactive collective writing portion of the performance.

Poetry used in the performance will also be available in a book form, De(scribing), a collection of writing collected throughout the pandemic by immigrant mother, Ani Gavino and first generation Filipina-American daughter, Malaya Ulan. This part of the work is supported by Velocity Fund and Leeway Art for Social Change Grant.

About MalayaWorks:

Ani/MalayaWorks Dance is a collective of Filipina/x movement artists working to empower the Filipino- American voice by imprinting our stories into the ether of American contemporary performance art.

In the Tagalog language, Ani translates to harvest and Malaya translates to being in a state of liberation. Thus, our mission is to harvest and resurrect stories of our ancestors and celebrate the ever-evolving Filipino identity as a path to our personal liberation.

The company is led by Panayanon Filipinx native Artistic director Ani Gavino.

Ani/ MalayaWorks Dance

Ani/MalayaWorks Dance is a project-based dance company led by Panayanon Manila-born artistic director, Ani Gavino. This collective of all-Filipina/x movement artists work together to unpack and celebrate the ever-evolving Filipino identity through an embodiment of dance and interdisciplinary storytelling modalities.

( Ani in the Tagalog language means harvest; Malaya in the Tagalog language means to be in a state of freedom. )


Directed by: Ani Gavino


Isabella Mojares

Sevon Desemone Wright

Luisa Lynch

Malaya Ulan




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