Photo by Rob Li

Ani Gavino/ Malayaworks

Annielille “Ani” Gavino affectionately known as Ani ( meaning "Harvest" in her native tongue, Hiligaynon) is a native of the Philippinesis a Filipinx movement artist, choreographer, educator, writer, cultural worker, and multidisciplinary storyteller native to the island of Panay, Philippines. Since immigrating to the United States in 2000, Gavino has danced professionally with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Kun Yang- Lin/ Dancers, Ananya Dance Theater and has had to honor of working with Katherine Dunham, Eleo Pomare, Donald McKayle, Alonzo King, Diane McIntyre, Milton Myers, Ronald K. Brown, to name a few.

In Philadelphia, she directs her project-based company Ani/Malayaworks where she utilizes dance, film and literature as vessels for inscription, community engagement, resistance, and spiritual journeys. Her identity as a mother and as a foreign-born immigrant is her driving force for decolonial art activism. Currently, she is leading an all Filipino/a/x ensemble, merging Philippine folk and the indigenous warfare Kali as a modality used to inscribe Filipino-American resistance as integral to world history.

Since the conception of Ani/Malayaworks in 2015, she has been supported by the MAPfund, Velocity Fund, Scribe Film Grant, Asian Arts Initiative, Career Transition Award, Dance Place, Fleisher Art Memorial, Barnes Foundation, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, Dance Place DC, National Performance Network, Small but Mighty Arts, Painted Bride, Leeway Foundation, and Movement Research at the Judson Church. She hopes to continue the work of using dance as a conduit to inquiry and social change. Annielille is also a dance writer for thINKing Dance and an MFA graduate of Hollins University.

Past Classes & Events

Movement Research at the Judson Church

January 31, 2022

[Postponed] Movement Research at the Judson Church

March 16, 2020