Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company Comes to Center for the Arts

Posted: November 6, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Bayanihan

One of the national treasures of the Philippines, Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company returns to the Center for the Arts at George Mason on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m.

The company takes its name from the ancient Filipino tradition of Bayanihan, “working together for the common good.”

The Bayanihan story spans 43 years of performances all over the world. With its early roots in the Filipiniana Folk Music and Dance Committee of the Philippine Women’s University (PWU), it was not until 1957 that the PWU Bayanihan Folk Arts Center and its performing arm, the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company, were founded to preserveethnic rites, tribal folklore and regional folk ways, and to collect indigenous art forms.

The first Filipino group to perform on Broadway, Bayanihan opened at New York’s Winter Garden Theater on Oct. 13, 1959. They were accorded unanimous critical acclaim for their skill, grace and joie de vivre, and the company’s flawless transference of indigenous dance and music traditions from their ancient origins to the stage without sacrificing authenticity.

From that time forward, Bayanihan has mounted 15 international tours and more than one hundred brief tours to international events and festivals covering 55 countries on five continents.

Tickets are $44, $36 and $22; tickets for children 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com.

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