About

A Stage of Our Own envisions and creatively constructs our shared surroundings to include, uplift, and encourage the fullest creative life force that all people have within themselves. In providing and nurturing the space for gathering, creative practice, and honoring our ancestries, we hope to cultivate healthy relationships between one another, our natural environment, and the native peoples of where we reside.

Our 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.” We widen the spectrum of creativity to include multi and inter disciplinary art forms. We also attribute money and a room (or space), as resources. By drawing attention to resources, we intend to cultivate a deeper understanding, appreciation, and collective social responsibility for art and its presence on Turtle Island, USA. While Woolf speaks of the 1920s and 30s English experience of exclusionary and marginalized financial, educational, and social treatment against womxn, we in our present context empathize with the marginal treatment and documentation of womxn and non-binary peoples around the world, particularly as people of color and of island heritages.

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Mission, Services, Establishment

A STAGE OF OUR OWN (ASOO) is a Philippine and Pacific Island collective of artists, organizers, educators, and researchers, creating multi-disciplinary contemporary works centered on the experiences of those who identify as womxn and non-binary.  Our performances are compilations of small works that manifest each members’ cultural and creative practices in the diaspora.

Our mission statements are as follows:

– To encourage and foster Philippine and Pacific Island culture and gender empowerment through arts development;
– To foster our tangible decisions of allyship between one another and among our global and local communities through our art practices;
– To maintain a respectful reciprocity between elder and younger generations through our cultural art practices.

ASOO was established in Honolulu, Hawai’i in April 2017 from a call-out to womxn artists on O’ahu to come together and produce a performance of healing and empowerment. ASOO is founded, produced, and facilitated by Toni Pasion, and was assisted in production and establishment by Lilian Kong in Honolulu. Currently, ASOO is based in Los Angeles, Tongva lands, California, and is under the direction of Toni Pasion.

 

Who We Are