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Title: Kularts Records
Date (inclusive): 1986-2011
Identifier/Call Number: SFH 535
3 cartons, 2 flat boxes, 2 pamphlet boxes
(4.5 Cubic Feet)
San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Abstract: Kularts has produced contemporary and tribal Pilipino arts in the United States since 1985. The collection contains a five
year plan (1985-2000), production notes, educational program files including children's work, meeting agendas, letters of
recommendation, some correspondence, brochures, posters, photos, t-shirts, and production recordings.
Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in
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publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.
[Identification of item], Kularts Records (SFH 535), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.
Donated by Alleluia Panis of Kularts on January 31, 2014.
Photographs have been transferred to the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection.
Founded in 1985, Kulintang Arts, Inc., now known popularly as Kularts, presents contemporary and tribal Pilipino arts in the
United States. Kularts' work makes the contributions of Pilipino Americans visible and creates room for cultural continuity
The founders, musician Robert L. Henry, dancer Marcella Pabros, and choreographer/director Alleluia Panis chose "Kulintang"
in honor of the ancient music tradition of Mindanao, Philippines. Its first office and rehearsal space was in the South of
Market Cultural Center in San Francisco.
Kulintang Arts's primary program was the work of Kulintang Arts Ensemble (KAE), a ten-member music and dance ensemble which
presented contemporary work rooted in the indigenous Filipino traditions. Danongan Kalanduyan, a musician from the Southern
Philippines, was KAE's resident artist and Kulintang music director/instructor (1985-88). KAE members included Musiban Guiabar,
Frank Holder, Joey Maliga, Dana Nuñez, Anna Sun Foo, Frances Cachapero, Ric Serrano, Joshua Francisco, Daniel Giray, Sharon
Sato, Jesse Bie, among others. Panis choreographed full-evening works: Ancient Rhythms/Urban Sounds (1988); Lm' Ehek: at the
heART of the sharpenINg stONE (1989); Cycles: Timeless Rituals to Ancient Icons (1990); and Diwata (1993).
KAE performed at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival from 1985 to 1990 and toured nationally and internationally; including
the Dance Theater Workshop, New York; Lincoln Center, New York City; the Kennedy Center; the Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle;
the Verona Jazz Festival, Italy; the Baguio Arts Festival, the Philippines; and the Asian Arts Festival, Singapore. KAE Music
recordings include Fred Ho's 1988 album A Song for Manong, originally released by Asian Improv. Recordings released by Kulintang
Arts Inc. include Ancient Rhythms/Urban Sounds; Kulintang Arts Live! In Concert with Jon Jang; and Cycles: Timeless Rituals
to Ancient Icons.
Scope and Contents
Kularts (originally known as Kulintang) has produced contemporary and tribal Pilipino arts in the United States since 1985.
The collection contains Kularts' five year plan (1985-2000), production notes and performer applications, educational program
files including children's work, meeting agendas, letters of recommendation, some correspondence, brochures, posters, photos,
t-shirts, and production recordings.
The collection is arranged in 4 series: Series 1: Kulintang Arts Ensemble, Series 2: Community Engagement, Series 3: Promotion,
Series 4: Recordings. Series 2 is further organized into Sub-Series 2.1: POMO (Post Modern Pilipino Performance), Sub-Series
2.2: Kularts Arts Education, Sub-Series 2.3: Kularts PMAIR (Philippine Master Artist in Residence)
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Filipino Americans -- California -- San Francisco.
Filipino American arts.
Filipino Americans -- Ethnic identity.