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TONI M. TEMEHANA PASION
Choreographer, Educator, Researcher
tonipasion@yahoo.com
http://www.tonipasion.com

EDUCATION:

University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi
MA in Dance, emphasis in Culture and Performance Studies, 2017
Thesis: “Indigenous Contemporary Dance from a Filipina Perspective”
Cum Laude

University of California, Riverside, Riverside, California
BA in Asian American Studies, Women’s Studies, 2015
Research Project: “Care Practices for Ruatepupuke II in the Field Museum”
Cum Laude

University of Auckland, New Zealand
Education Abroad Program, 2014
Coursework in Māori Studies and Pacific Studies

Santa Monica College, Los Angeles, California
AA in Liberal Arts, 2013
Independent Studies Research Project: “An Evolving Filipino American Identity Through Dance”, 2013
Dean’s List


AFFILIATIONS:

A Stage of Our Own, Manariwa Dance, Indigenous Dancer Alliance, Tau Sigma Honor Society

 

DANCE TRAINING:

Hawaiian hula, Philippine Folk dance, Tahitian ori, Javanese, Folklorico, Danza Azteca, Indigenous Contemporary

 

DIRECTOR AND DANCE PRODUCER EXPERIENCE:

Director, Performer: A Stage of Our Own Presents WHERE WE STAND, Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Torrance, CA, March 2019

Director, Curator, Performer: A Stage of Our Own Presents TAGPO, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, September 2018

Director, Performer: A Stage of Our Own Presents UNITY, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, CA, March 2018

Director, Performer: A Stage of Our Own Presents Unbounded, Pieter Space, Eagle Rock, CA, August 2017

Director, Performer: A Stage of Our Own, Hālau O Haumea, Honolulu, May 2017

Director, Choreographer: Manariwa Part I: Embodied Repositories, Hālau O Haumea, Honolulu, February 2017

Director, Choreographer: Manariwa Part II: Inter-cultural Collaboration, Hālau O Haumea, Honolulu, February 2017

Dance Producer: Salesi: Hero to Love, Dance film directed by Vilsoni Hereniko and Garin Nugroho, Shangri-La and Ka Papa Loʻi O Kanewai, Honolulu, Fall 2015


TEACHING:

Philippine Dance Instructor: Pamana Kali: Filipino Martial Arts & Culture, Torrance, CA. 2018

Philippine Dance Instructor: Los Angeles Bellydance Academy, Los Angeles, CA. 2018

Teaching Artist: Arts Alive, Gardena, CA August 2017 – 2018
– Schools: St. Catherine of Labore, St. Anthony de Padua, St. Philomena
– Classes: Hawaiian hula, Tahitian ori, Contemporary and Philippine contemporary

Teaching Artist: Passport to the Arts: Philippine Dance, Long Beach, CA April 2018 – May 2018 Residency
– Roosevelt Elementary School
– Philippine Folk dance

 Teaching Artist: Mama Earth, Los Angeles, CA, Fall 2017 Residency
– Leo Politi Elementary
– Class: Hawaiian hula, Tahitian ori, performance

Teaching Assistant: University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, Honolulu, HI. Fall 2016
– Course: Dance and World Cultures

Teaching Artist: STAR Education, Los Angeles, CA. 2013
– Overland Elementary School for Advanced Studies, Broadway Elementary School, Webster Elementary School
– Classes: Hawaiian hula

Tahitian Dance Instructor: Varieties International, Los Angeles, CA. 2013


FELLOWSHIPS:

TeAda Productions Performing Artist Impact Fellow: Los Angeles, CA, April 2018


NOTED SPEAKING, RESEARCH, PERFORMANCE EVENTS:

Dancer: East Meets West Festival Maui, ʻIao Theater, Wailuku and Kahului, May 2017

Actor: Shakespeare’s The Tempest directed by Viktoria Naraxsa, Linakona Honolulu School of Art, April 2017. Character: Miranda

DancerE Ola Ka Mōʻī written and directed by Kahaʻi Sueoka with excerpts written by Queen Liliʻuokalani, Choreographers: Kumu Vicky Holt Takamine and Kahaʻi Sueoka, Kennedy Theatre and Doris Duke Theatre, November 2016

Dancer & Ethnographer: I Moving Lab Tour, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (Oʻahu), Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Maui), Kalanianaʻole Hall (Molokaʻi), directed by Jack Gray, November 2016

Dancer & Ethnographer: Fanhasso for the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts directed by Dåkot-ta Alcantara-Camacho, The Azotea, Guåhan. May-June 2016

Dancer, Panelist: Indigenous Dance Forum curated by Jack Gray, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University. April 2016

Dancer, Musician: ʻAi Pōhaku: Resistance and Decolonization in Hawaiʻi directed by Wailana Simcock, Hālau O Haumea, Honolulu, April 2016

Performance Artist: Indigenous Choreographers in Riverside Symposium, Barbara & Art Culver Center for the Arts, Riverside, May 2015

Dancer: Mana with Kayamanan Ng Lahi. Aratani Theater, Downtown Los Angeles, CA and Merrie Monarch Edith Kanakaʻole Stadium in Hilo, HI, 2015

Dancer: Ura Tabu under the direction of Charlene Tedrow and Polynesian Entertainers Ltd. under Maile Giffin and Amo Ieriko, United Nations Small Island Development Conference & Teuila Festival, Samoa 2014

Dancer: Global Motions World Dance Co. & BFFM, Beijing International Tourism Festival, Folklorico and Danza Azteca, Beijing, China 2014

Dancer and Choreographer: Global Motions World Dance Co., Eli & Edythe Broad Stage, 2011-2014


WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES:

A Stage of Our Own WHERE WE STAND 5-Month Workshop Series- South Bay, CA, Nov 2018 – March 2019

Indigenous Contemporary Dance Gathering- Pamana Kali Studio, Torrance, CA. Sept. 2018

SALAYSAY: An Embodied Tagalog Workshop- Native Sol, Long Beach, CA. Sept. 2018

Creating Philippine Contemporary Dance- Teqniklingz Dance Group. Aloha Studio, Honolulu, HI. 2017

Creating Philippine Contemporary Dance- Pamantasan Conference. University of Hawai’i, Maui College. Maui, HI. 2017

Hawaiian Hula Fundamentals- Blanco Family Academy. Angono, Rizal, PH. 2016

Creative Movement Inspired by Philippine Values- Pamantasan Conference. University of Hawai’i, Maui College. Maui, HI. 2016

Ori Tahiti Foundational Movements- Dance Studio No. 1, Santa Monica, CA. 2013


PRESENTATIONS:

Building Filipinx Contemporary Dance. Sponsored by The Center for Philippine Studies and UH Mānoa Filipino and Philippine Literature Program. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Sept 2018

Manariwa: Indigenous Contemporary Dance from a FilipinX Perspective. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Sept 2018

Of the Ocean: Self-Knowing Through Pangalay and Hula. Transcribing Spaces: TONGVA. UCLA, Los Angeles, 2016

Filipin@ Disruption and Pole Dance. Dance & Theatre Graduate Symposium. University of Hawai’i, Mānoa. 2016

Filipin@ Disruption and Pole Dance– SPAS Conference. University of Hawai’i, Mānoa. 2015

Philippine Folk Dance and Collaborative Creation– Santa Monica College Filipino Club. 2013


PUBLICATIONS:

“Care Practices for Ruatepupuke II in the Field Museum” in Audeamus National Multidisciplinary Journal, 2015