"As the soil,
however rich it may be, cannot be productive without cultivation,
so the mind without culture can never produce
good fruit."

- Seneca

Research & Development


Under founder Bonifacio Valera's artistic direction, Barangay Dance Company continues to foster the development of Filipino folk dancing in the San Francisco Bay Area by continuing to present under-represented folk dances and insightful yet respectfully restaging of popular traditional dances of the Philippines. Bonifacio continues to research Philippine dance by regularly returning to the Philippines to attend the annual Philippine Folk Dance Workshops sponsored by the Philippine Folk Dance Society of the Philippines and consulting with leaders and experts in the field of Philippine folk dance, then sharing his experiences with the company.

 

In the past Bonifacio, along with Barangay Dance Company members, have attended folk dance workshops with the Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, Ramon Obusan Folkloric Dance Group of the Philippines and Sining Kumintang ng Batangas. In August 2010  members of Barangay Dance Company attended the Philippine Dance Gathering and Workshops (PDGW) in San Diego hosted by PASACAT Philippine Performing Arts Company in San Diego and co-sponsored by Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts of Los Angeles.

 

Consequently, Barangay members and alumni share the knowledge and skills gained from Barangay’s tutelage with their own communities, parishes, and school organizations either by performing, teaching, consulting, coordinating and/or producing cultural programs. Barangay Dance Company is proud to have been instrumental in the development of artists who are currently active in the Philippine dance scene today.

 

PDGW 2010 participants

 
In order to fulfill its mission of preserving the folk culture of the Philippines for future generations, Barangay Dance Company continues to collaborate with other Filipino folk artists here and in the Philippines and build meaningful relationships with other Filipino American organizations that serve the community.  Barangay continues to work with local Bay Area artists by inviting them to its own productions:  musicians like Haranistas De Manila and ACPA’s Rondalla Ensemble; vocal artists like soprano Dina Reyes, tenor Leon Palad, and soprano Tracy Sarmiento; and choirs like St. Thomas More Church 8 PM Choir, Parangal Choir and Saringhimig Singers 

 

In summer 2009 Barangay Dance Company members worked with former Assistant Dance Director of Bayanihan and current choreographer of Sining Kumintang, Manrique Cabaya, and Robert Claro Lopez, former Music Coordinator of Bayanihan and Co-Founder and Music Director of Lahing Kayumanggi of Laguna, Philippines in preparation for "Kaugnayan" in October 2009.  Within the last three years, Barangay has developed a fruitful partnership with the Kababayan Program at Skyline College leading to the birth of another bearer of Filipino folk dance traditions, the Kababayan Dance Troupe of Skyline College 

 

Currently, Barangay collaborates with the American Center of Philippine Arts and its Artistic Director/Co-Founder and former Assistant Dance Director of Bayanihan, Jay Loyola, who has since choreographed two dance pieces for Barangay Dance Company for the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival 2010 and 2011:  respectively Pakidwa, based on a Pala’on wedding ritual, and Tausug, based on the indigenous Pangalay dance of Southern Philippines.


For more information on Barangay Dance Company’s programs, please contact info@barangay.org

 

Lecture/demonstration with ACPA and Jay Layola at the San Francisco Main Library