Pananadem Keeps Meranao Culture Alive Through Dance

In Kinding Sindaw Melayu Heritage’s Pananadem, a cast of mostly Filipino and Filipino-American performers educates New York City audiences about the Meranao people with beautifully choreographed dances, stunning costumes and meaningful stories.

The Meranao people live in a primarily-Muslim region of The Philippines where the word “pananadem” means “remembering.”

Both past and present collide as young refugees meet tradition-bearers who know Derangen, a Meranao epic poem. Derangen is intended to be narrated in song or chant and has survived the longest of any Filipino epic poetry.

The dancers illustrate the endurance of the Meranao people throughout their generations of adversity, with much attention being placed on the desperate circumstances in Marawi following the 2017 Seige of Marawi. The juxtaposition between the sheer beauty of the Meranao people’s ancestral dances, music, language and clothing and the centuries of hardships they have been forced to endure from foreign invaders is startling.

Pananadem is a living reminder of the power in memory and learning from your family’s history. If you honor the resilience of your ancestors, they are immortalized.

Conceived, Choreographed & Directed by Potri Ranka Manis.
Running from March 12 – 15, 2020.

Playing at:
La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM LA MAMA: In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, all public events and performances of shows at La MaMa are suspended as of Friday, March 13, 2020 until further notice. Ticket buyers will be contacted as soon as possible with more information.


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