Dance Work ‘FLEX’ about Filipino Migration to be Performed Nov. 14 at Cal Poly

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Central Coast native Jay Carlon will bring his dance and theatre piece about his family’s Filipino migration story to Cal Poly’s Spanos Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14. A discussion, moderated by Professor Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns from UCLA’s Asian American Studies Department, will follow the performance.

“FLEX” — a dance theatre work in search of the Filipino American narrative — is an in-depth focus on colonization, obedience, resistance and solidarity. The work is dedicated to the director’s father, Honorio Carlon, who was part of the first large wave of Filipinos to migrate to the U.S. and the Central Coast in the 1920s as agricultural migrant workers.

FLEX also draws from Jay Carlon’s experiences as a competitive wrestler, as the characteristics and dynamics of wrestling parallel that of his multicultural identity as the youngest of 12 in a Filipino, Catholic, working class family. The performance originally premiered last February at L.A. Dance Project Studios.

Carlon is a contemporary choreographer who was born and raised in Santa Maria and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. In 2016, he started CARLON, a multidisciplinary dance company that creates evocative site-responsive theatre.

FLEX, free and open to the public, is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Ethnic Studies Department, Vice President of Student Affairs, the Office of the President, the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion, University Housing, the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), the CLA Associate Dean for Diversity and Curriculum, and ASI Student Government. Registration is encouraged, but not required.

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Contact: Grace Yeh

October 22, 2019

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