Performance by the Chrysalis Kali Collective: Katrina Cabanban, Kristen Cabildo, Caroline Garcia, and Princess Manuel
Choreographed by Caroline Garcia; with support from the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.
Audio: Ana Roxanne Recto (from ~~~: Slowness; Immortality; It’s a Rainy Day on the Cosmic Shore)
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.
Performed by members of the Chrysalis Kali Collective, “a group of Filipina/x women redefining power, reclaiming ancestral wisdom, and restoring resilience through the practice of Kali, Filipino Martial Arts” with whom Garcia trains - 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.
This performance was shown alongside artwork:
Three rattan Kali sticks with custom burned personalized pattern design and “Chrysalis Kali” logo
28 x 28 x 1”
This work takes on the one of the strongest geometrical structures: the triangle - an important symbol in Filipino Martial Arts that represents underlying philosophical, theoretical and metaphysical principles. Here, it is appropriated to represent the ethos and spirit of the Chrysalis Kali Collective and prioritizes the concept of feminine flow over force. The triangle also represents the three components of defense, offense, and bystander, which are also a continuum when one participates in this artform (and in life).
Exhibition History: The Clemente, Montclair State University Galleries (all 2023); Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Recess (all 2022)