To Cross- Aganakake Tatang Ko
A New Music Suite and Workshop Multimedia Performance by Josh Icban
To Cross- Aganakake Tatang Ko ("I Remember My Father") is a music suite and multimedia presentation that explores the grief of familial/generational loss and celebrates Filipino/a/x mythology and futurism. This is the premiere of composer Josh Icban’s music and the workshop theatrical presentation which features a live band, dance film, experimental multimedia projections, a lighting score, and memories engaged as living moments. The piece honors Josh’s father, Elviro Icban, who passed in 2020. Elviro was a US Navy Veteran, Martial Law activist, community organizer, musician, immigrant, and American citizen.
The title refers to an English translation of Icban, an indigenous Kapampangan name, which means 'to cross.’ Geographically, the province of Pampanga, located in the central Luzon region of the Philippines, contains many rivers and riverbanks. The performance expands on multiple crossing themes inherent in diasporic communities, including identity/expectation, home/placemaking, and death/rebirth.
Tickets to this event are on a sliding scale basis from $10-25, with no one turned away for lack of funds.
To Cross- Aganakake Tatang Ko is co-presented by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, as part of the 26th United States of Asian America Festival (USAAF).