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Sammay Dizon

San Francisco, CA         

SAMMAY (Samantha Peñaflor Dizon) is the daughter of Yolanda Peñaflor Dizon; granddaughter of Salvacion Orencillo Peñaflor and Carolina Agdeppa Dizon. Born from a collective dream where the ancestors danced, drummed, and sang around ceremonial fire in the mountain tops of the arkipelago – she is a healer, choreographer/producer and interdisciplinary artist of Kapampangan, Ilokano, and Bikol descent who envisions a future where our Indigenous traditions co-exist with(in) our urban landscapes. Born and raised in LA County/Tongva Territory and a settler in San Francisco/Yelamu, she invokes ancestral healing and ritual within/around the intersection of performance art, dance theatre, music, and multimedia; their role as kinetic storyteller and healer is ancient medicine from their maternal lineage. SAMMAY is the Founding Artistic Director of URBAN x INDIGENOUS, Founding Member of I Moving Lab, and Core Member of Embodiment Project. She has been featured by Dance Mission Theater, Red Poppy Art House, CounterPulse, Kearny Street Workshop, and East Meets West Festival among others. She is a three-time recipient of the “Presented by APICC” Artist Award; YBCA Public Imagination Fellow 2018; and first-ever Featured Artist for United States of Asian America Festival 2018. SAMMAY holds a B.A. in Media Studies and Sociology with minors in Dance & Performance Studies and Global Poverty & Practice from UC Berkeley. To follow her journey through the diaspora: www.sammaydizon.com.


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Måhgong (peace)
written and performed by Infinite Dakota with vocals by SAMMAY

This addendum to the week of I LAND (in) DUWAMISH activities in Seattle summed up the feeling of turmoil caused by a spotlight on Guåhan and North Korea in the headlines and a breakout of racist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia on 11 August 2017.

For a full breakdown of the I LAND (in) DUWAMISH experience check out www.imovinglab.com/duwamish

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SAMMAY | Lauryn Hill – “Black Rage” @ DAMSF Summer Edition

“Black Rage” by Lauryn Hill
performed by SAMMAY
footage by Soulidified Project

July 21, 2016
DNA Lounge
San Francisco, CA (Yelamu)


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