Makulay na Filipinas (Colourful Philippines)
Lahing Kayumanggi Dance Company
Founded in 1994
In 2014 LK proudly celebrated its 20th anniversary since its humble beginnings as an informal community group led by choreographer Ronnie del Barrio, who had been commission by the Philippine Centre to create a cultural performance for their annual event. Together with members of the Filipino Women’s Assocition UK and other individuals Ronnie founded the dance company in 1994, which has since progressed and developed as a respected and admired dance company.
LK has gained an international reputation as Europe’s foremost Filipino folk and cultural dance company and as goodwill ambassadors for the Philippines in promoting Philippine cultural heritage. LK have had invitations to perform across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe — Amsterdam, Berlin, Bayreuth, Copenhagen, Dublin, Malmö, Stockholm, Vienna.
Our mix of professional choreographers, trained dancers and volunteers from the Filipino community in London and Manila has earned the company the prestigious Presidential Banaag Award in 2006, and in 2012 LK was announced winner of ABS-CBN Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards Europe not just for artistic excellence but also for our commitment to serve the community. We value the recognition that we consistently receive because it makes us feel that we are doing things right!
LK is a non-profit organisation and relies entirely on sponsorships and donations for ongoing expenses.
—Sayap - Showing the different ways of using the Kalinga cloth
Their walk imitates the climb up the Rice Terraces in the Mountain Provinces of the Philippines.
—“Banga”dance literally mean pots. The Banga or pot dance is a contemporary performance of Kalinga of the Mountain Province in the Philippines. This dance illustrate the languid grace of a tribe otherwise known as fierce warriors. Heavy earthen pots, as many as seven or eight at a time, are balanced on the heads of maidens as they trudge to the beat of the "gangsa" or wind chimes displaying their stamina and strength as they go about their daily task of fetching water and balancing the banga.
—Baile De Amor - Dance of love
—Jota Rizal - Honouring the national hero, Jose Rizal, this lively and popular dance from Batangas has movements influenced by the Spanish jota.
A dance performed by the umbrella-bearing attendant to win the favor of her sultan master. The girl wears long metal fingernails and dances and poses in doll-like motions. Asik usually precedes a performance of Singkil.
A dance takes its name from the bells worn on the ankles of the Muslim princess. Perhaps one of the oldest of truly Filipino dances, the Singkil recounts the epic legend of the "Darangan" of the Maranao people of Mindanao. This epic, written sometime in the 14th century, tells the fateful story of Princess Gandingan, who was caught in the middle of a forest during an earthquake caused by the diwatas, or fairies or nymph of the forest. The rhythmic clapping of criss-crossed bamboo poles represent the trees that were falling, which she gracefully avoids.
—Kundiman (Solo Guitar Player)
—Subli – the term ‘subli’, is from two Tagalog words, ‘subsub’ meaning bending and ‘bali’ meaning broken. Dancers’ move in a stooped way during most of the dance. From Bauan, Batangas, it is a religious, ritual dance honouring the Holy Cross
—Pandanggo sa IIlaw - dance of lights guiding the fisher folk after a night’s catch. Dancers gracefully balance three lamps on their head and both hands whilst twirling and swaying.
—Binasuan - This colorful and lively dance from Bayambang in the Pangasinan province shows off the balancing skills of the dancers. The glasses that the dancers gracefully, yet carefully, maneuver are half-filled with rice wine gracefully who whirl and roll on the floor.
—Salakot - A ritual type of dance where the female dancers each hold a “salakot” or a female native hat to honor or pay homage to “Santa Clara” to ask favor or thanks giving. This dance originated in the province of Bulacan.
—Tinikling - Dancers imitate the tikling bird’s legendary grace and speed as they skillfully play, chase each other, run over tree branches, or dodge bamboo traps set by rice farmers. Hence it is named after the bird, tikling. this version of the dance is done between a pair of bamboo poles
—Bahay-Kubo - (Song) Nipa Hut
—MAbuhay - (Song) Long Live!