Wednesday, August 3, 2016

TRANSCEND review....


"In front of an energized, standing-room-only audience of Binghamton University students, faculty, and community members, Kilusan Bautista delivered a performance that was inspirational, educational, and intensely captivating. Bautista brilliantly weaved historical references to colonization and revolution with contemporary issues of gentrification and urban poverty, showing how broad political and socio-economic structures personally and deeply impacted his family and identity. The result was a multifaceted show that resonated with every audience member, in a prolific art form that no book or lecture could replicate. Bautista's performance left the Binghamton University community feeling enduringly electrified, informed, and empowered."

Cynthia Marasigan
Assistant Professor, 
Department of Asian and Asian American Studies

***Now booking for the 2016/2017 academic calendar year: 
UNiVERSALself; TRANSCEND & Arts educational workshops.
Contact: BookKilusan@gmail.com

Sunday, July 31, 2016

PURCHASE tickets to TRANSCEND at the fringeNYC

Press Release
For immediate release

The World Premiere of TRANSCEND
at the 20th Annual New York International Fringe Festival

New York, NY - TRANSCEND is a new one-man show which examines the effects of gentrification for a working artist in modern day Brooklyn, NY. Written and performed by Kilusan Bautista, TRANSCEND fuses theatrical storytelling, multimedia visual projections, hip hop and electronic music, and spoke word poetry to take audiences on a 3-week train ride to explore homelessness, poverty and hope. TRANSCEND has been accepted into the 20th annual New York International Fringe Festival and will premiere for 5-nights:

1) August 14th @4:15pm;
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transcend-fringenyc-tickets-26498287090

2) August 19th @9pm;
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transcend-fringenyc-tickets-26498288093

3) August 21st @6:15pm;
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transcend-fringenyc-tickets-26498289096

4) August 25th @8:45pm;
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transcend-fringenyc-tickets-26498290099

5) August 26th @6:45pm
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transcend-fringenyc-tickets-26498291102

at the Alpha Omega Dance Studio Theatre (70 East 4th St. NYC). The TRANSCEND production team consists of Kilusan Bautista (Filipino American performing artist); Wi-Moto Nyoka (Transmedia Artist/ Director); Teerapat Parnmongkol & Ngonngon Tiri Kananuruk (Sound/noise artist); Siriphong Tipayakesorn (Visual artist); Sadah Espii Proctor (Dramaturg); Gina Toni Wheeler (Filmmaker). The goal of TRANSCEND is to humanize and broaden the discussion around gentrification in order to positively influence public policy based on fair and non-discriminatory housing/renting practices.

Set inside of a New York City Subway, TRANSCEND reveals an honest story about what artists and other working class residents of modern day NYC experience when trying to find a descent place to live within an aggressive housing market. The macro housing policies are driving rents up and economically forcing hard working residents out of their homes/apartments. This culture of displacement is growing rampant, forcing New Yorkers into uncomfortable situations such as homelessness, couch surfing or overcrowding apartments, even unsafe homeless shelters. Kilusan Bautista shares a true story about his recent battles being displaced out of his Brooklyn apartment, resulting in 3-weeks of couch surfing and doing whatever it takes to survive. TRANSCEND asks the audience to question the idea of hope during times of hardship and struggle.

The world premiere of TRANSCEND at the 20th annual New York International Fringe Festival will be used as a platform to launch a national college/university tour for the 2016/2017 academic year. The TRANSCEND production team will strive to reach larger and more diverse audiences in the near future but it all begins at the fringeNYC in August of 2016!

For more information please visit: www.kilusan1898.blogspot.com or

Email Kilusan Bautista at BookKilusan@gmail.com.

Advanced tickets ($18) can be purchased at www.fringeNYC.org. Let us all TRANSCEND!

***TRANSCEND is a recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

TRANSCEND Music/Sound/Noise Director: Teerapat Parnmongkol

Meet the TRANSCEND Music/Sound/Noise Director - @tparnmongkol Teerapat Parnmongkol 

Teerapat Parnmongkol was born in 1988 in Sakon Nakorn, Thailand. He lived there until 7 years old then he moved to Udonthani, Thailand with his parent. In 2006 - 2010 he studied music in Bangkok City, Thailand. After music school he moved to New York City, USA in 2011. He will release a new music album under alias such as Lemur Onkyokei, LO and his own name.

He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


For more information please visit:  http://tparnmongkol.tumblr.com/

Saturday, July 16, 2016

TRANSCEND Director: Wi-Moto Nyoka

TRANSCEND with Wi-Moto Nyoka -
TRANSCEND Director (NY International Fringe Festival 2016)


WI-MOTO NYOKA  is a performer and transmedia artist. Awards and honors include: Tanzhaus NRW Interdisciplinary Works artist in residence 2011, Puffin Foundation grant recipient 2012, the Brick’s Comic Book Theater Festival 2014 selected librettist, Indie Boots Theater Festival Finalist & Audience Award Honorable Mention 2015, and  A.R.T/New York Creative Space Grant recipient 2016. She is currently attending the Brooklyn College MFA program for Performance & Interactive Media Arts.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Today I was chosen to receive a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts which will support my new one man show TRANSCEND at the 20th annual New York International Fringe Festival!

Tickets now on sale at www.fringeNYC.org

Monday, July 11, 2016

July 29 - SULU SERIES NYC

The return of "SULU SERIES NYC" - a platform to cultivate Asian Pacific American artists in New York City & worldwide. Named after the Star Trek character Sulu, played by George Takei, SULU SERIES NYC has long & strong roots amongst the Asian Pacific American artistic community. Pioneers such as Taiyo Na, Dj Boo, Regie Cabico, Terry Park...just to name a few, have put in years of work to build spaces in NYC & Washington DC that support Asian Pacific American artists. On Friday, July 29th, 2016, we are inviting the community back to launch a seasonal open mic/showcase at The Kraine Theater (part of the Horse Trade Theater Group) in the Lower Eastside of Manhattan.

Featuring NYC's own, Jackson Li, one of the hottest Hip Hop emcee's to rip the mic & the Bay Area's own Nicole Maxali, multitalented actress/performing artist. Join us as we celebrate The Return of SULU SERIES NYC!

General Admission $5

Kraine Theater
85 E 4th St
New York, New York 10003
Phone (212) 777-6088
Website http://www.horsetrade.info/

(Curated by Kilusan Bautista & Teerapat Parnmongkol)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

SPONSOR TRANSCEND @ the 20th annual New York International Fringe Festival

Please join us in supporting socially conscious, hip hop theater!

TRANSCEND is my new one man show which examines gentrification & homelessness for a working artist in modern day Brooklyn, NY.  I am honored to have been selected to participate in the 20th annual New York International Fringe Festival this summer, for 5-nights between August 12th-28th, 2016.  On June 17th, 2016 I launched a community performance fundraiser featuring some of TRANSCEND's artistic collaborators at Under St. Marks Theater in the Lower Eastside of Manhattan.  It was a huge success in motivating the TRANSCEND production team to begin the long road ahead this summer in developing new work!  

We recognized that we needed to do more in our community fundraising efforts.  As a result, I have set-up an online Paypal account in order to request financial sponsorship from my community.  Please consider sponsoring the world premiere of TRANSCEND at the 20th annual New York International Fringe Festival.  I will include all contributors within the production program which will be given to all audience members at the show.  If you would like to contribute more than $50 I will mail you an original UNiVERSALself t-shirt and include your name within our website/social media pages.

The goal of TRANSCEND is to raise awareness around the issue of gentrification in New York City and across America.  I will utilize the fringeNYC as a platform to launch into the 2016/2017 academic calendar through a national college/university tour.  In addition, I have just signed a contract with Horse Trade Theater Group in the Lower Eastside of Manhattan to produce TRANSCEND for 5 nights in January of 2017.  And my fingers are crossed because there are talks that TRANSCEND may be able to be showcased at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) gathering in NYC around that same time (mid-January of 2017).

Thank you for your ongoing love and support!  No matter what, let us all TRANSCEND!

Sincerely;
Kilusan Bautista


Tickets now on sale at www.fringeNYC.org


Tickets now on sale at www.fringeNYC.org


Tickets now on sale at www.fringeNYC.org

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Post show - TRANSCEND Artist Showcase (6/17/2016)

So much love and movement in this picture! Thank you to Spiritchild XspiritMental - Rosa Bettina - Nejma Shea - Maisha G Rodriguez - Nikki Singleton - Sadarrah Bowe - Cornelia McPherson - Gloria Jassie & Laila - Merowe Nubyahn & Sistar Myrrh. Missing in this photo is Teerapat Parnmongkol - Siriphong Tipayakesorn & Sadah Espii Proctor ||| Thank you so much for sharing your artistic souls at the #TRANSCEND Artist Showcase last night. It was an honor and pure blessing! — with Rosa Bettina, Nejma Shea, Spiritchild XspiritMental, Maisha G Rodriguez, Nikki Singleton, Gloria Jassie, Cornelia McPherson and Merowe Nubyahn at Under St Marks Theatre.


Tickets now on sale at www.fringeNYC.org to watch #TRANSCEND 
at the 20th annual New York International Fringe Festival in August of 2016