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Intercultural Journeys – Close Ups: Ani Gavino, Jasmine Lynea & Malaya Ulan

November 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Join us online for the second episode in the 2021-22 series Close UpsScars & Emblems.

What complexities arise from the dinner table? Arguments, silences, joys, and misunderstandings abound as a family – Ani Gavino, Jasmine Lynea, and Malaya Ulan – navigate intergenerational conversations on identity and romanticized notions of love. Through dynamic expressions of dance, text and poetry, they find their own breath as a way to heal in order to love.


About the Artists:

Annielille Gavino is a Filipinx movement artist, researcher, writer, and cultural worker. As the director of Ani/Malayaworks, an interdisciplinary project-based dance company, Gavino uses Dance as a storytelling element for exploring ancestral memories, spiritual journeys, and community-based art centered on decolonial art activism, particularly from a Filipinx immigrant lens. Dance career highlights include dancing with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. Her works have been supported by Leeway Art for Social Change, Velocity Fund, MAPfund, Dance Place, BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Fleisher Art Memorial, Small But Mighty Arts, and Barnes Foundation. Annielille writes for a dance publication, thINKing Dance, and is an MFA in Dance graduate from Hollins University.

Jasmine Lynea is a Philadelphia-based filmmaker and an educator with expertise in directing, screenwriting, editing, and cinematography. Originally from Teaneck, NJ– and proud of it — Jasmine graduated from Temple University with a BA in Film and Media Arts. Jasmine’s work is centered on reflecting and representing the Black community. Jasmine has collaborated with artists who campaign for political and social change, such as Filipino artist and partner Annielille Gavino (Ani/Malayaworks), award-winning journalist Sofiya Ballin, and educator/choreographer Dawn Bazemore. Jasmine’s work has been exhibited in film festivals across the nation including Hip Hop Film Festival, Langston Hughes Film Festival, Columbus Black International Film Festival, BlackStar Film Festival, Diamond Screen Film Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival, Philly Film Showcase, Seattle Black Film Festival, and NewFilmmakers NY. Jasmine was awarded the 2020 Leeway Foundation Art and Change and the 2020 Scribe Video Center Finishing Grant. Jasmine is currently working on a series, Sex Redefine with Sex Educator, Janielle Bryant, and also teaches film at Samuel Fels High School.

Malaya Ulan is a Fillipino American writer, visual artist, dancer, animator, and just finished 7th grade at William Meredith School. She has recently taken a liking to the art of writing as a form of self expression. Malaya received her very first writing award from the Mighty Writers December writing contest. Other highlights include collaborating with her mother in the multimedia project, De(Scribing) Filipino/a/x American supported by Velocity Fund and Leeway Art for Social Change. As a dancer and storyteller, Malaya has performed at BAAD! Bronx Academy for Arts and Dance, Barnes Foundation, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Outlet Dance Festival, and Swarthmore University.

About the Curator:

Poet, recording artist, songwriter, activist and revolutionary Ma’at Mama, Ursula Rucker is a certified veteran of the global music and poetry scene. A skilled writer and dynamic performer, Rucker’s rich and textured voice is one of the world’s great, living instruments. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rucker has released five wide-ranging albums and built an equally impressive catalogue as a collaborator, working with everyone from The Roots to DJ King Britt side-project Firefly, 4Hero, Jazzanova, Louie Vega and Doodlbug of Digable Planets. Rucker currently has over 300 tracks on the Beatport charts and was selected as a Top vocalist of 2020 by the popular Dance music site Traxsource. Today, Rucker enjoys an influential standing as a respected poet and vocalist. Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program features two portraits of Rucker — the 2013 building-sized commission by artist Jetsonorama titled “You Go Girl”, and a new mural in Rucker’s home neighborhood of Germantown unveiled in August 2021. Recent accomplishments include being a 2018 recipient of the prestigious fellowship award from The Pew Center for Arts & Change, and a 2020 sold-out release of big/small poems for pockets, a chapbook of haikus.

About Close Ups:

Legendary poet and visionary Ursula Rucker curates the second season of Close Ups, a series of hour-long performances and conversations created and hosted by Intercultural Journeys. Running from October through March, Close Ups: Scars & Emblems elevates a new group of Philadelphia artists. Spanning generations and genres, each episode—a moving combination of performance and conversation with Ursula Rucker—offers the viewer an intimate look into the creative practice of these powerhouse artists. Be immersed in these shape-shifting stories of hurt and hope, told through poetry, dance, music and indelible imagery.

And you can be part of the story too. As IJ presents the recorded performance and interview, chat with the artists and IJ staff online.


November 10
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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