Tausug Elder and Pangalay master Sitti Obeso from Southern Philippines, in performative conversation with Filipina Australian artist Bhenji Ra. Bleeding the lines between ocean and land, the traditional and contemporary, the Indigenous and the diasporic body. This exchange between teacher and student is a generous sharing of a relationship sustained by periodic visits to home country, the sharing of personal ephemera, and online messages across the Pacific Ocean. These performance lectures offer an alternative cultural pedagogy that circumvents reductive notions around performing culture and learning repertoire.
Presented by Powerhouse Museum as part of NIRIN WIR, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney