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Sept. 22, 2006

Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company Performs In Hancher Oct. 12

The Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company, the leading cultural ambassador of the Philippines for a half-century, will perform its energetic folk dances, spiced by Moslem and Hispanic influences, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.

Performance ticket holders are invited to a pre-performance discussion led by Philippines native Ramon Lim, professor emeritus of the UI Department of Neurology and internationally renowned calligraphy artist, in cooperation with the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hancher Greenroom. Seating is limited.

Philippine cuisine will be featured in a dinner beginning at 6 p.m. in the Hancher Cafe. Reservations are required, and the cafe will open at 5:30 p.m.

The Bayanihan company -- the name means "spirit of community" -- will perform "On Golden Wings of Dance," a program that was premiered in Manila in celebration of the company's 50th anniversary.

The program, choreographed by dance director Ferdinand B. Jose, begins with "Earth Rhythms," depicting the origins of dance in man's early awareness of the dynamic earth: the colors, sound and rhythms of the wind and the waters, the trees and the animals, and all the elements in nature that cause a quickening of man's rhythmic and musical impulses.

In "Tribal Tapestry," the company explores many examples of tribal dance -- young girls gracefully simulating birds in flight, maidens preening flirtatiously, and a Tiboli-Bagobo mix of rhythmic footwork accentuated by the sound of bells.

Four centuries of Spanish-European influence in the Philippines are presented in "Hispanic Past Remembered," featuring distinctively Filipino versions of the jota, mazurka, polka and waltz.

The southern island of Mindanao is the second largest of the Philippines' 7,100 islands. "Mindanao Splendor" combines the clamor of gongs, a flash of weaponry as warriors prime for battle, a bevy of girls frolicking with colorful food baskets, maidens demonstrating the varied ways of wearing the tubular garment called "malong," divers pearling the orient seas and finally the "Voyage for Love and Peace," a royal tale of love lost and regained.

This original Bayanihan dance piece won the Gold Temple Award for over-all excellence in dance, music, costumes and production at the 47th International Folklore Festival in Agrigento, Sicily, in 2002. Three years later, on the 50th anniversary of that festival, this piece again won the Gold Temple Award in a competition among all previous Gold Temple awardees.

The program will conclude with "People under the Sun," a kaleidoscope in dance set at a village fiesta. It starts with a dance of supplication for a successful fiesta followed by a dance of lights, dawn music from a bamboo band, a friendly competition of skill dances -- intricate rhythms from coconut shells, clashing bamboo poles, breath-taking dance on benches piled on benches and, a fast-stepping chase and run number. Exuberant laughter and joyous singing build up to a rousing festival climax.

The performance of the Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company is supported by the Hancher Guild volunteer organization, through proceeds from the Hancher Showcase gift shop.

Tickets are $40/38/35; UI student $36/15; senior citizen $36/34.20/31.50; youth $20/19/17.50. Discounted concert tickets are available as part of volume purchases: A simultaneous purchase of five events or more qualifies for a 15-percent discount.

Dinner tickets are $26.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website:

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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