Hinga (Breathe)

by Sammay Dizon

15 min, United States, English

Hinga is a performance ritual film and time capsule honoring the sacred grief, life force, and resiliency of the Bay Area Pilipinx community during COVID-19. Directed by interdisciplinary artist and choreographer SAMMAY with the prayerful poetry of Amihan – this is a community ritual for healing, release, and dreaming for the future we are ushering in.

Sammay Dizon (she/they/siya) is a queer Filipinx American interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, filmmaker, and cultural producer of Bikol, Kapampangan, and Ilokano descent raised in Carson, CA/Tongva Territory and settled in San Francisco, CA/Ramaytush Ohlone Territory. Since 2015, Dizon has created work and performed professionally throughout the Bay Area – touring nationally and internationally through her artistic practice and community facilitation. Founder of SAMMAY (Spiritually Awakened Matriarchal Magick Alchemizing You) Productions, she invokes ancestral healing and ritual within the intersections of dance theatre, performance art, spoken word, music, and film. Dizon has been featured through Bindlestiff Studio, Dance Mission Theater, and Eastside Arts Alliance among others. In 2015, she founded annual intercultural multidisciplinary arts festival Urban x Indigenous (UxI) to collectively realize the potentialities within and through our indigenous traditions and urban contemporary landscapes. Dizon continues to expand UxI’s endeavors within the global indigenous community through critical dialogue, workshops, and public art presentations centered in intercultural and intergenerational exchanges through an intersectional framework.

Dizon has been a guest artist through Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance, USF Performing Arts and Social Justice Department, UCSB Multicultural Center, and UH Maui as the East Meets West Festival 2018 Featured Choreographer. Dizon was the first ever Featured Festival Artist for the annual United States of Asian America Festival presented by Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center in 2018 and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from CounterPulse, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and American Conservatory Theater among others. Dizon holds a B.A. in Media Studies and Sociology and minors in Dance & Performance Studies and Global Poverty & Practice from UC Berkeley. Presently, she is a Core Member of acclaimed street dance theatre company Embodiment Project and Chair of Dance for Balay Kreative, a future Filipinx American cultural arts center in San Francisco.

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