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Lumulutang

ahmm 2024
May 2 – 5, 7pm

Contemporary dance and musical theatre performances

Alyssa Favero with Justin Calvadores, Argel Monte de Ramos

Tickets

Sliding scale $15 – $25 – $40

Lumulutang features the premiere of works by emerging Filipinx artists: choreographer Alyssa Favero with collaborating performer Justin Calvadores; and multi-disciplinary artist Argel Monte de Ramos. Lumulutang invites us to collectively suspend between worlds, lived experiences, and moments of subversion. The works explore how we bravely express and assert our identities, whether overtly or covertly, while caring for and being part of myriad communities.

As a special addition to these solos, Odd Meridian has invited Alyssa and Argel to close the show with a short duet of song and dance. An impromptu meeting of artists who have never before connected, speaking to our ability as human beings to be open to each other. An easy and groovy heart offering to the audience.

Creative space by Odd Meridian
910 Richards St. – Unit 204
Vancouver BC, V6B 1T3
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Alyssa Favero with Justin Calvadores

Gigil

Justin Calvadores; photo David Cooper

like the sea

bodies pulsing

if she ever saw me

moving melodically

Gigil is a 20 minute dance score performed by Justin Calvadores and choreographed by Alyssa Favero in collaboration with Justin. The performer transforms through various improvisational forms while peeling through layers of self and other.

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Choreographer Alyssa Favero

Collaborating Performer Justin Calvadores

Sound Desgin Rodolfo Rueda

Lighting Designer Christian Ching

Costume Design Jae Woo Kang

Dramaturgy Arash Khakpour, Aryo Khakpour

Argel Monte De Ramos

Pira-Piraso

Argel Monte De Ramos

Pira-piraso is a cabaret-style presentation of Argel MDR's music through theatricality, storytelling, and movement. Piecing together select narratives, Argel will be using his lived experiences and musical theatre training to take the audience through a journey of self-discovery, identity, and artistry. The performance features four vignettes of Argel's original music, showing moments of truthful storytelling from the 1.5-generation Filipino-Canadian lens.

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Devisor, Performer Argel Monte De Ramos

Sound featuring Argel MDR’s music produced by Josh Eastman and Grace Chiang

Lighting Designer Christian Ching

BIOS

Alyssa Favero (they/them) is an emerging queer dance artist who is continually inspired by the ocean, recently inspired by being back in the Philippines and interpreting life cycles through creation. Alyssa primarily creates, facilitates and dances on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples – Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Stolo Nations. In so-called Vancouver, Alyssa is connected to the street/club dance and contemporary dance scenes. They recently facilitated EMBRACE (a w*acking progressive), at All Bodies Dance Project and at The Happening Dance Company. Alyssa graduated from Modus Operandi in 2022 and has since been freelancing. Grateful for the opportunities that have filled their emerging career including the invitation to share Gigil at ahmm, perform at Dancing on the Edge (2023), and faciliate workshops in Singapore and Manila (2024). The continuous loop of learning, creating, sharing, and living feeds Alyssa, transforming each singular experience into the infinite.

Justin Calvadores (they/them) is a second generation Filipinx-canadian, queer freelance contemporary dance artist based in so-called “Vancouver” BC, the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. They grew up on Treaty 1 territory, so-called “Winnipeg” MB and at the age of 16 they were introduced to dance through a Filipino-led hip hop dance community. Since then Justin has fallen in love with the artform and enjoys continually learning. Justin is grateful for their privilege in experiencing and relating to the world as a movement artist. Their perspective and artistry is proudly and acutely shaped by their identity as a queer and neurodivergent artist of color.

Argel Monte de Ramos (he/him), also known as Argel MDR, is a Filipino-Canadian singer/songwriter, actor, and an emerging playwright-producer based in Surrey, BC. When he was 15 years old, Argel and his family moved to Canada from the Philippines to seek a better life and opportunities. He is a graduate of Capilano University’s Musical Theatre program and the Bachelor of Performing Arts program (Valedictorian). Argel has been an active member of the Metro Vancouver theatre community and has been a part of a few productions such as Theatre Under The Stars’ MAMMA MIA! (Eddie), Fighting Chance Production’s Guys and Dolls (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), and Arts Club's Elf: The Musical (Manager/Ensemble). Argel's artistry is deeply rooted in his identity as a Filipino-Canadian immigrant and his advocacy for anti-racism work and inclusion. Argel wants to use the power of storytelling to inspire youth through his music, theatrical performances, and administrative work. He firmly believes that the arts create significant impacts on the youth’s lives.

Creative space by Odd Meridian
910 Richards St. – Unit 204
Vancouver BC, V6B 1T3
[map]