A Stage of Our Own (ASOO) is an organization dedicated to cultural movement arts emphasizing healing, building relationships, innovation, and storytelling. ASOO was established in Honolulu, Hawai’i in April 2017 and is currently based upon Tongva lands, Los Angeles, California. It is under the direction of Toni Pasion. In November 2018, ASOO officially became an affiliate of the U.S. Department of Arts & Culture.
The name, A Stage of Our Own, is inspired by Virginia Woolf’s essay “A Room of One’s Own”, and the premise that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” Given this, as a guiding value, we work to provide a communal network and space for our artists to empower critical, constructive, and innovative performance and inquiry.
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ASOO PERFORMANCE DANCE GROUP employs praxis, innovation, and storytelling to explore the intersections of Philippine Dance and Martial Arts.
The Vitality Lab:
THE VITALITY LAB is a monthly series geared towards shedding the embodied pedestrian structures of the city-scape daily routine, and honing and dis-covering the vital movements of the human being. Toni Pasion guides participants through decolonial methods of movement meditation and Oceania dance forms to create a safe space for regeneration and vital emergence. The Vitality Lab series begins in January 2020.
ASOO Convergence Lab:
ASOO CONVERGENCE LAB consists of a group of 5-7 artists and cultural practitioners of diverse disciplines who serve as a cohort to create a culminating performance of interweaving stories. The cohort delves into conversations of potential and collaboration in conjunction with the given theme of the lab. Past themes have been: “Unbounded”, “Unity”, and “Where We Stand.” The Convergence Lab emphasizes thoughtful process, rather than solely pressuring the culmination event. The cohort’s purpose is to build relationships through creative collaboration, dialogue, and shared space. Submissions for the 2020 cohort will be available in December 2019.