Where We Stand

Project Description


Where We Stand is a five-month long, monthly series of communal creative movement offerings at site-specific locations throughout Los Angeles, and a culminating one-day event of dance workshops, presentations, and a performance, dedicated to acknowledging and building upon relationships between Philippine, Pacific Island and Tongva communities through creative practice.

Where We Stand consists of three main components:

The first is our five monthly community events, in addition to weekly A Stage of Our Own rehearsals for members of the collective. Each monthly event is a communal, site-specific workshop/offering consisting of movement and writing, where the space itself will inform the collective movement and culminating performance. Through these workshops, participants will develop a holistic relationship of their cultural heritage in relation to specific places and public monuments. Tentatively, the Tongva Suangna memorial, the Dr. Jose P. Rizal monument in the International Sculpture Garden in Carson, and Heritage Park in Santa Fe Springs and Native Sol (a Philippine American-owned family business) in Long Beach will be some of our sites. This will combine participants’ care, ceremony, and honor through movement and writing practices geared to interact with the land. This will also generate interested community members and a following to lead up to the culminating event.

The second component is the last two week rehearsal process leading up to the culminating conference/performance, and will consist of a movement workshop series in which members of the collective will give back to the community by teaching workshops consisting of our art forms: Philippine folk dance, Hawaiian hula, contemporary dance, and street dance– each workshop will take on a holistic, social, and historical approach balancing the movement with critical dialogue regarding the spiritual and cultural significance of our dance forms. Participants are invited to stay after the workshops and join in the rehearsal process as we develop the culminating performance. This workshop series will invite members of the community to participate or observe, thereby building followers and expectation for the culminating performance. This will also be used as an opportunity to fundraise.

The third and final component consists of a conference and performance to bridge both communal monthly and ASOO weekly processes of sitespecificity, movement, social and reflective exploration with an ending performance— a bulk of the grant will be reserved for this last event. This will be a one-day conference of dance workshops, presentations, performance, and dialogue with the artists and audience connecting creative practice to indigenous, gender, critical race, and post-colonial theory and its manifestation of identity formation. At the end of the event, we will have a final culminating performance, and invite all workshop attendees and non-attendees to sit in the audience. This last performance will include vendors and interactive installations as a pre-show, a 1.5 hour show, and a post-show Q&A and dialogue.