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Crosscurrents

Choreographer Alleluia Panis tells the story of 20th-century Filipino migration to San Francisco

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KulArts' John Nguyen, Jose Abad, Jonathan Mercado, Jazlynn Pastor and Tino Lagahid in Belly of the Eagle: Man@ng is Deity

For over 40 years choreographer Alleluia Panis has been presenting her Dance theatre works on Bay Area stages. After immigrating to San Francisco from the Philippines in the mid-1960s, Alleluia became a fixture in the South of Market Filipino arts community. 

"For a lot of folks who know Filipino dance, they will say, oh... But for a lot of folks, it's just movement."

Since 1985, her non-profit KulArts has been a platform for Filipino artists to share their experiences and traditions through contemporary and tribal arts.

Alleluia and KulArt’s latest multimedia dance performance, "In the Belly of the Eagle: Man@ng is Deity" opens this weekend.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.