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Chrysalis Kali: Pay Salutation

February 4, 2023 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm UTC-5

107 Suffolk Street, Manhattan

Join us for an artist talk and performance with Caroline Garcia and the Chrysalis Kali Collective. 

Pay Salutation is a somatic exploration of Kali – the national martial art of the Philippines, also known as Arnis/Escrima/Eskrima. It is a system that emphasizes weapon-based fighting with sticks, knives, bladed weapons, and various improvised weapons, as well as “open hand” techniques.

This performance opens up a deeper dive into the potentials of Kali when one is not operating in the reactive modes of fight, flight, or freeze. It offers slowness as an aesthetic platform for somatic curiosity and assessment, as well as offensive drills and combinations to demonstrate the importance of repetition and practice, all useful techniques in the spectrum of healing collective trauma.

Performed by members of the Chrysalis Kali Collective (including Katrina Cabanban, Caroline Garcia, Kimberly Tate, and founder, Kristen Cabildo), they define themselves as “a group of Filipina/x women redefining power, reclaiming ancestral wisdom, and restoring resilience through the practice of Kali, Filipino Martial Arts.” 

The program will start at 1:00PM with a 15 min performance followed by a conversation between Caroline Garcia, the Chrysalis Kali Collective members and curator Natalia Nakazawa

Performers: Caroline Garcia, Kristen Cabildo, Katrina Cabanban, Kimberly Tate

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