THE VOYAGE FOR LOVE AND PEACE

(A Muslim Suite)

 

Dance numbers: Kuntao, Kazilimut, Vinta, Singkil)

Running time: 10 minutes

 

Storyline:

 

The story starts with a Prince and Princess professing their love for each other.  The Prince was called to battle and when he returned he had no word about the Princess.  He then went to a voyage searching for his beloved princess. Overcoming many obstacles in the course of his journey across the seas,   the suite comes to a fitting finale when the prince discovers his princess and together they sail back to his kingdom to live in love and peace ever after.

 

Kappagonor  - An instrumental interlude highlighting the ancient manner of playing the Maranaw Kulintang accompanied by a gong and dabakan drum.

 

Kazilimut  - Visitors arriving from Marawi pay respects to the sultan by executing graceful walk movements and demonstrating the various ways of wearing the "kumbong" - a Mindanao headdress of head cover.

 

Kuntao - A martial dance demonstrating skill in self-defense as well as artistry in using vigorous and powerful movements, leaps and deep knee-bends.

 

Vinta - The settling of the Philippine Archipelago by pre-Hispanic immigrants has been described as the greatest maritime feat ever:  the crossing of the open seas in open boats.  Vinta is the name of such boat used by the Muslims.  In this dance, dancers balance perilously on top of poles i8mitating the movements of the Vinta.

 

Singkil  -  Bayanihan's signature number featuring the Maranao Princess who is pursued by a prince amidst the clapping of criss-crossed bamboos in syncopated rhythm.  As the princess moves with precision and unconcern through the complicated perilous pattern,  excitement amounts to a crashing finale.  This number choreographed by the late Philippine National Artist for Dance,  Lucrecia R. Urtula, was premiered at the Winter Garden Theater on Broadway in 1959 and won the unanimous acclaim of critics.

 

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