April 1, 2022
A Black Mother and a Filipino Fathers balanced interpretation of resiliency and hope in caring for their daughter PhoeniX.
For Immediate Release:
Indigo Hero presents "Two Stories About the Same Miracle"
Two Stories About the Same Miracle -- is a multimedia theater experience where parents of a special needs child tell their respective stories about her birth and first few years of life. Each parent is dedicating one hour each, to their interpretation.
Within the father’s (Kilusan Bautista) interpretation entitled "pxso: PhoeniX rising in ScorpiO", he acknowledges his years of struggle with depression and his rediscovery of humanity; his story uses a fantastical approach and takes viewers on a journey through a land that is inhabited by an animated bird/Phoenix. The overarching themes discussed within his story are: common stereotypes about BIPOC fathers; deafblindness; disability rights and his daughter’s enduring spirit. He fuses storytelling, projection, animation and movement. Written & Performed by Kilusan Bautista; Theater Direction by Eric Aviles; Audio & Visual Design by Andrea Sabariego, DJ Royal aka Fernando Singleton, Sikhuthali Oliver Bonga & Zach Rothman- Hicks.
Within the mother’s (Lia Bautista) interpretation entitled "No sleep til Phoenix", she uses three mediums, theater (monologue), film and dance. She touches on her issues with infertility, being a struggling artist, and the guilt she felt immediately after the arrival of her daughter when she had to undergo heart surgery. The film portion of the work documents a typical day in the life of their daughter Phoenix; obscuring and fragmenting the screen so that it replicates the way she is able to see her environment. Within the movement segment Lia and co-choreographer Donald Shorter explore the concepts of, reverence and gratitude.
Two Stories About the Same Miracle will be presented as partial fulfillment of the requirements for Kilusan Bautista’s degree of the Master of Fine Arts in the Performing and Interactive Media Program at Brooklyn College. This event will have American Sign Language interpretation.
May 6 and 7: doors open at 6pm, show begins at 7pm
70 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
CONTACT: Kilusan Bautista at email@example.com
About Indigo Hero
Indigo Hero is comprised of Kilusan and Lia Bautista. Kilusan is an interdisciplinary theater artist who has spent over twelve years performing within the theater and spoken word scenes of New York City and San Francisco. Lia is a trained modern dancer and professional recording artist -- who previously performed under the moniker, Dulcinea Detwah (Hip-Hop and Electronic Music performance artist).
Indigo Hero is inspired by the stories of their ancestors, those who live on the fringes and in the shadows of society. Indigo Hero likes to consider themselves storytellers through all of their mediums (dance/movement, music, theater, multimedia).
The mission of Indigo Hero is to create work as a family that is compelling and interactive; challenging themselves to consistently explore ways to be inclusive, accessible and innovative.
Two Stories About the Same Miracle is made possible by JACK, Indie Theater Fund and Alpha Omega Dance Theater. Special Thanks goes to Mater Mea, all the staff at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf, Michele Sheiner, Suzanne Chen, Susanne Morrow, CUNY Brooklyn College - Performance & Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) Brooklyn College, School of Visual, Media & Performing Arts - Dean Maria Conelli, Collaborative Team: Andrea Sabariego (Grenada, Spain); Zach Rothman-Hicks (NYC); DJ Royal - Fernando Singleton (NYC); Simon Hanukai (Paris, France), Donald Shorter (Texas) and Calvin Dutton (NYC); New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative (NYDBC), Social Practice CUNY.
pxso GoFundMe partners/donors: Lenny Rodriguez, Rosalee Cabrera, Amelia Frank, Ken Songco, Julia Goddard, Nancy Wu, Dr Anthony Santa Ana, Aileen Trilles, Judith Panlasigui, Randall Phyall, Kadeem Jeudy, Ryan Malapit, Peter Jensen, Meda Higa, Roger Mupas, Simon Hanukai, Andrea Sabariego, Tyonna Thornton, Nicole Colbert, Angelita Paiso, Rhonda Zulueta, Lexi & Alex, Romualdo Arayata, Mark Parangalan, Vrginia Macuja, Julia Frey, Gary Bennett, Lucila Novelo, Marty Tagle, Jav Lopez, Jj Lozada, Priscilla Marabuto, Sayo Fujioka, Zuriel Bautista, Aureen Almario, Heather Prado, Nina Malapit, Francesca Kustra, Wi-Moto Nyoka, Victoria Restler, Thelma Bautista, Zachary Tomlinson, Dr Helen Richardson