After battling a life threatening illness for over two years, Labayen Dance/SF's Fall Season 2016 celebrates the return of Enrico Labayen, a multi-award winning choreographer,  and the artistic director of Labayen Dance Company/SF & considered as one of San Francisco's dance icons.

Labayen will present two world premieres with new works by Bay Area's most exciting and innovative choreographers Erik Wagner, Anandha Ray & Laura Bernasconi.

The Company revives  Labayen's  2010 Isadora Duncan Award (the IZZIES) winning work "En-Gulfed", a piece that  tackles the environmental impact  of  the Exxon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to our wildlife. Relevant then and even more relevant now. Also on the program is the exicitng, classically structured piece "Quirk" (2008), a full company work that displays the Company's strenght, precision and athletiscm.

The heart of the concert is the world premiere of Enrico Labayen's "Crossing the River Pasig" (Tagalog: Pagtawid sa Ilog Pasig). Inspired by legend and myths common to all cultures like the River Styx, Swan of Tounela, The River Ganges, Nile to name a few of a "being" helping souls to crossover to the next "plane".

Labayen will also present  excerpts and  the US premiere of "Dalagang Bukid" ( County Maiden). Composed as opera by Hermogenes Ilagan in 1919 starring "Atang" de la Rama ( the Queen of Filipino opera) and is also the first motion picture of the same title with sound directed Jose Nepumoceno in 1923. Premiered  at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2011, Labayen's version of this historical work is seen through contemporary lens.

Guest choreographer Erik Wagner will premiere an exciting yet untitled duet that can only be described as  emotional, athletic, exciting and  innovative. Principal dancers Leda Pennell and Ismael Acosta are so inspired in the creation of this work by Mr. Wagner who has woked with major international companies and the US.

Eclectic and visionary choreographer Anandha Ray will premiere "Blood Runs Thick", inspired by the spirit of the choreographer's great-grandfather, a Cherokee Medicine Man.  The work is a dance that will cross cultural borders to the world where spirits dance through myth and story telling.  This is a search for pure and authentic movement that comes from a place where Blood Runs Thick.

Laura Bernasconi, a dance artist and choreographer in demand worldwide will premiere a mind boggling work of physical impossibility in "Balance". Trained in all forms of dance and sees only ONE DANCE, she has developed a movement and choreographic language so unique that incorporates classical ballet, contemporary & modern dance, yoga and acro-yoga all rolled into one to create a hybrid sense of theater and dance.

Also on the bill is Malu Rivera-Peoples' "Morning Light". Ms. Peoples is the director/choreographer of  multi-awarwinning Westlake School of Performing Arts (WSPA), one of the best  dance training school in California that produces dancers of incredible ability and talent."Morning Light"  will be danced by the sensational kids from WSPA ages 11-13. I was blown away and in tears of happiness when i saw this work. These kids are the future of dance!  YOU have to see them to believe it!

Please DONATE now  to SAVE ENRICO LABAYEN and his 25 year of innovations in dance and his LABAYEN DANCE/SF, considered "a jewel in the world of  both national and international dance scene"  FROM EXTINCTION.  Your donation is  tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Mail a check payable to DANCE BRIGADE (Our Fiscal Sponsor) & write Labayen Dance in the memoline of the check. Send to Labayen Dance 89 Naples Street  SF  CA  94112 or the address below.

Click on DONATE NOW button below if you wish to use your credit card or  email to send PAYPAL donation is enrico_labayen@yahoo.com

Thank you!

WHERE:   Dance Mission Theater  3316  24th  Street, San Francisco, CA  94110

WHEN:   October 14 & 15 @ 8PM & 16 @ 7PM

Video Link:

E. Labayen "Fallen" https://vimeo.com/100038213

Kulang ang Dasal https://vimeo.com/44811745

Carmina Burana  https://vimeo.com/32638914


The Choreographers:

dancer: Alexandria Diaz de Fato


Ay, ay Kalisud  https://vimeo.com/106100869

Farewell Philippines https://vimeo.com/161299385

The Global Pinoy https://vimeo.com/31625546

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For a full tax deductible donation allowed by law, Please write a check out to Dance Brigade”, The Company’s Fiscal Sponsor, and mail it to: Dance Mission Theatre 3316 24th Street SF CA 94110