Asia On Stage

What: Asia On Stage music & dance performance

When: Saturday, May 18, 2013, 7:30pm, doors at 6pm

Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

How Much: $20 admission, tickets available at the door or online at

Asia on Stage celebrates Asian heritage through music and dance. Performers include GAPA Men’s ChorusHarsanari and LIKHA-Pilipino Folk EnsembleNguyen Dance Company and Parangal Dance Company

About GAPA Men’s Chorus
GAPA Men’s Chorus is an ethnically-based choral group that has become the longest lasting and most enduring organization of its kind. Celebrating over 20 years of accomplishments, the Chorus was formed in 1989 to provide a showcase for the vocal music talents of gay & bisexual Asian & Pacific Islander (API) men. Particularly effective in outreaching to the mainstream Asian Pacific population, as well as the broader LGBT community, the Chorus promotes GAPA’s goals by highlighting diversity and gay Asian Pacific visibility at its every appearance.

About Harsanari
Since 1997, under the leadership of Michael Ogi, Harsanari has specialized in dances from Sunda, West Java, Indonesia. From classical masked dances and dramas that enact the great Hindu epics the Mahabharata and the Ramayana to the contemporary folk dance forms that incorporate martial arts movements, Sundanese dance is rich and complex. It shows the influence of the many groups that have traded and settled in the area over the centuries, but remains uniquely distinctive, with its dynamic syncopated drumming patterns, quick wrist flicks, sensual hip movements, and fast shoulder and torso isolations.

About LIKHA-Pilipino Folk Ensemble
LIKHA believes in the power of dance and music to educate the Pilipino American community and diverse audiences about the Philippine culture. Pilipino Americans are the fastest growing Asian American population in the United States, however we are not seen as a unified community.

LIKHA works to showcase the diversity of our culture on the stage to bridge differences within Pilipino American cultures, and to educate Pilipino American youth and adults who do not have the opportunities to learn about their culture. We also seek to educate other cultures who have never seen or heard about the Philippines.

About Nguyen Dance Company 
This multicultural performance troupe features dancers, musicians, and visual artists. Their signature style uses a unique blend of contemporary modern and traditional Vietnamese dance. Committed to bringing interdisciplinary arts to all communities, Nguyen Dance Company is open to all dance genres and considers it a very important mission to bring dance to the public.

About Parangal Dance Company
Parangal Dance Company’s mission is to give tribute to Philippine heritage by preserving and promoting ethnic attire, music, and dance through research, workshops, and performances. We aim to serve as a bridge,inspiring and connecting Filipino Americans to their roots to give them a sense of pride and identity, while educating diverse communities to foster awareness and appreciation of Philippine culture.


This performance is presented at SOMArts through participation in the Affordable Space Program, which provides below-market rental space, production and publicity assistance to nonprofit organizations. For more information visit our rentals page.

Image credit: Gary Cruz / Amaze Studios