A STAGE OF OUR OWN (ASOO) is a Philippine and Pacific Island collective of artists, organizers, educators, and researchers, creating inter-disciplinary works. We create a platform for inter-cultural collaboration and performance. Our work centers on healing, regeneration, and cultural empowerment.
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 in our present context and as people of island heritages aim to create communal space as a resource via reciprocity, to practice our traditions of sacred performance. We also acknowledge our familial migrations that have led us to create works that help navigate our presence on Tongva lands aka Los Angeles.
ASOO was established in Honolulu, Hawai’i in April 2017 and is currently based in Tongva lands, Los Angeles. It is under the direction of Toni Pasion.