Kinding Sindaw is a dance theater ensemble resident of La Mama Experimental Theater since year 2000. Office and rehearsal space is located at 47 East, Great Jones Street , 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003. This space is provided to Kinding Sindaw by Ellen…
Kinding Sindaw is a dance theater ensemble resident of La Mama Experimental Theater since year 2000. Office and rehearsal space is located at 47 East, Great Jones Street , 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003. This space is provided to Kinding Sindaw by Ellen Stewart ,La Mama , ETC Founder and Artistic Director in support for the group’s mission.
Kinding Sindaw exists to assert, preserve, reclaim, and re-create the traditions of dance, music, martial arts, storytelling, and orature of the indigenous peoples of the Philippines.
The dances of Kinding Sindaw originate from the royal court dances of the Maranao Sultanate- a repertory of the sacred, classic, and secular combining grace and vigor, dances that directly reflect their rich natural environment. Dancers imitate the graceful movements of birds, fish, butterflies, rivers, streams, and ocean trekking boats, celebrate fertility in vigorous choreography, sway delicately using colorful fans and scarves, and dramatically inspire through the martial art of silat.
The musical accompaniment is performed on a variety of percussion instruments, including the kulintang, a tuned bronze kettle drum set, known more commonly in the West as gamelan, a variety of hanging gongs which include the bossed agong and the unbossed gandingan and bababdir, and the dabakan, a cylindrical drums. These instruments are played as an ensemble and were prototypes for the instruments of the gamelan ensembles of Java and Bali. Other instruments of the Mindanao cultures include the salunay- a polychordal bamboo tube zither, the kudlung- a two-stringed lute, and kubing- a bamboo jaws harp.