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Nanay (Fringe Festival 2021)

Nanay (Tagalog for mother) 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 a mapping of our ancestral memories through an embodied storytelling performance merged with poetry, soundscape, and installation art.

Nanay is an interactive performance open to everyone of all ages and backgrounds. The audience may participate in a journal writing activity facilitated by the performers to inscribe memories shared with our matriarchs. This event will occur at the Bartram’s Garden Community Boathouse. Accessible parking is available via the 51st St. entrance.

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

Friday, September 17 – 6:30-7:45PM
Saturday, September 18 – 6:30-7:45PM
Sunday, September 19 – 6:30-7:45PM


General Admission $20 / Student $15 (purchase via FringeArts)

Southwest Neighbors or ACCESS cardholders $2 (purchase via Bartram’s Garden):

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Directed by: Ani Gavino
Collaborators: Isabella Mojares, Sevon Desemone Wright, Malaya Ulan
Sound design: Paul Baisley

Stories and poetry will include unpacking internalized racism, systems of oppression, and questioning the American dream.

Ticket-buyers will receive a map to the exact location of the performance. This is an outdoor event. Please bring your lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and bug repellents of choice.

Optional: a pen and paper for the interactive collective writing portion of the performance.

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.

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As of July 30, 2021, Bartram’s Garden again requires that all people wear masks in all of our indoor spaces. To help limit the spread of COVID, please follow the current City of Philadelphia guidelines for visiting an outdoor public space.