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BAYANIHAN PHILIPPINE DANCE COMPANY RETURNS ON 11/11 & 11/12

October 13, 2006
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WELCOMES BACK
BAYANIHAN PHILIPPINE NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2006, 8:00 p.m.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2006, 2:00 p.m.


Fairfax, Virginia, October 9, 2006—One of the national treasures of the Philippines, Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company returns to the Center for the Arts at George Mason University on November 11, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. and November 12, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. The company takes its name from the ancient Filipino tradition of Bayanihan, “working together for the common good.”

The Washington Post raved at the company’s last appearance here in 2001, “The dancers were designed as much as choreographed…performed with flawless deportment…showcased costumes of embroidery, seashells, satin, straw, feathers and frilled lace...Bayanihan is looking as pretty and gracious as ever.”
The Bayanihan story spans forty-three 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 pursue the preservation of ethnic 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 October 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 over a hundred brief tours to international events and festivals covering 55 countries on five continents.

Tickets for BAYNIHAN PHILIPPINE NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY are $44, $36, $22. FAMILY FRIENDLY! All children’s (twelve and under) tickets are half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa