SHE, WHO CAN SEE
Film Screening: SHE, WHO CAN SEE
May 16, 2018
Kabuki AMC Theater
CAAMFest 2018 with Kularts, SOMA Pilipinas, & API Cultural Center
Director Alleluia Panis’ Statement:
SHE, WHO CAN SEE is my first dance film under the New American Dance Theater Series. As a choreographer and stage director for over 3 decades, my vision in making films is to expand my story-telling tools.
She, Who Can See is based in stories of people who have abilities to communicate with spirits. Western contemporary society considers this phenomenon as a medical condition, while ‘tribal’ or aboriginal cultures of the world, revere this ability to communicate with the ancients as a most precious and sacred gift. Considered taboo and hidden from the public, this dance film hopes to enlighten and lay bare the hardships when ancient beliefs collide with the modern world.
The character of Salima is a composite of several friends and relatives who believe they have the ability to communicate with spirits/entities/energies. They often refuse this ‘gift’ for its overwhelming consequences. The character of Nico is based on their long-term partners, whose love and support ground the ‘seer’. In the process of living through this most challenging journey, the partner gains her/his own mystical experience.
On the larger perspective, this piece is a metaphor for our search of the authentic self. I hope to honor and reflect our experiences as contemporary people, who are navigating and searching the right balance between our ancestral ways of knowing and the modern world.
Read the latest essay written by Paul Barrera on "She, Who Can See" and Filipino Stories from SOMA here.
Directed by Alleluia Panis and Wilfred Galila
Composer: Florante Aguilar
Cinematographer, Editor, Sound Design: Wilfred Galila
Story, Production & Choreography: Alleluia Panis
Costume Design: Ladislao 'June' Arellano
Choreographic contributors: Ladislao ‘June’ Arellano, Alexandria Diaz De Fato, Gregory Manalo, and Jonathan Mercado
Executive Producer: Kularts Inc.
Salima: Alexandria Diaz De Fato
Nico: Gregory Manalo
Diwata: Ladislao ‘June’ Arellano
Diwata: Sammay Dizon
Diwata: Rebecca Fazio
Diwata: Jonathan Mercado