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There are ethnic dance companies and there are ethnic dance companies. Bayanihan, the pride of the Philippines, remains one of the best.

LOS ANGELES TIMES, 1969
 

It is reassuring to note that among the countries in the world which is meeting this challenge to the performing arts is the Philippines through the Bayanihan Dance Company.  The dancers have brought their rich cultural heritage to the festival and stimulated a searching and a question for our own heritage. The Lord Mayor Adelaide has called the group "the toast of the Adelaide Flair."

MOLLY TAIT, ADVERTISER, 1964
 

What the United States needs in Southeast Asia is a good Folk Dance Troupe, like the Bayanihan dancers from the Philippines.  The diplomats, the military cloak-and-dagger boys don't seem to be accomplishing too much for our side in that part of the world, but if our dancers could do half as much for us as the Bayanihan did for its country, our ambassadors should again be able to walk the street of foreign cities without an armed guard.

ALFRED FRANKENSTEIN, SAN FRANCISCO
SUNDAY, CHRONICLE, 1964
 

We have recently had three vastly different examples of folk dance performances designed for spectators - the Polish company called Mazowse, which closes tonight at the City Center; the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company, which paid us a brief visit recently at the Metropolitan Opera House: the African Carnical, which took over one of the armonies last weekend as a kind of ad hoc organization for charity

Of these the Filipinos were artistically the most successful.  For one thing, they have put their dances into a visual setting and have achieved thereby a genuine theatre dimension.

For another thing, they are perhaps blessed with a greater variety of material at their disposal. For a third thing, they have grouped their material into self-contained units so that they become almost like the acts of a play, and build in a steady progression.

JOHN MARTIN, NEW YORK TIMES, 1961
 

 

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