Posted on:November 4, 2013
UNiVERSALself (formerly known as Universal Filipino) is a Solo Multimedia Production, written and performed by Kilusan Bautista. UNiVERSALself premiered in June, 2010 at the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective, South Bronx, NY. This coming of age play offers a creative and cutting edge presentation of the contemporary struggles for working class, Filipino Americans in the global diaspora and the interconnectedness of Hip Hop culture with indigenous, tribal Filipino cultural expressions. UNiVERSALself is an artistic collaboration with Lia McPherson (movement director/choreographer from Detroit, MI) & Richard O'Connor of Ace and Sons Moving Pictures LLC.
UNiVERSALself has been produced in over 60 venues, reaching over 20,000 diverse audiences around the world: 17 annual New York International Fringe Festival; The One Festival NYC; Sahabhaga-Festival of Participatory Performance (Bangalore, India); The Actors Fund Art Center (Brooklyn); Filipino American National Historical Society Conference (New Mexico); SF War Memorial (CA); Nuyorican Poets Cafe; UniPro Summit 2011; Boricua College, Brooklyn; La Pena Cultural Arts Center, Berkeley; CSU Dominguez Hills, UC Santa Cruz; Youth Empowerment Conference, Watsonville; San Quentin State Prison, CA; Silicon Valley Debug, CA; CUNY Law School; Asian American Arts Alliance monthly town hall(NYC); Sulu Series NYC (Bowery Poetry Club); Sulu DC artist collective (Downtown Washington DC); Smithsonian Folklife Festival (Washington DC); Yale University (CT) and Sarah Lawrence College (NY). In May 2010, Kilusan was featured on the Asian Pacific Forum, WBAI 99.5 FM, where he was interviewed and performed excerpts of Universal Self.
More information about UNiVERSALself can be found at: www.kilusanbautista.com