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Anito Gavino



Anito Gavino (formerly known as Annielille ANI Gavino) is a Filipinx movement artist, choreographer, teaching artist, and cultural worker whose life work centers on decolonial art activism through a research-to-movement performance practice. A native to the island of Panay, Philippines, Anito immigrated to the United States in 2000, and danced professionally with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dallas Black Dance Theatre,  Kun Yang- Lin/ Dancers, Ananya Dance Theater. Currently residing in Lenape lands, Gavino directs her project-based company Ani/MalayaWorks, a project-based dance theater company founded in 2014. She started the company as a way to teach her daughter, Malaya, about her native Philippine Islands and its many beautiful traditions. These processes are now shared with kapwa (community), an important element in Anito’s work. She utilizes dance, yoga, film, and literature as vessels for inscription, dialogue, and spiritual journeys with the Asian-American community at large. Her work has been generously supported by the MAPfund, National Performance Network, Leeway Foundation Art for Social Change (2019, 2020), Leeway Transformation Award (2021), Velocity Fund, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and supported by Swarthmore College, Painted Bride, Barnes Foundation, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Movement Research at the Judson Theater, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival and more. Annielille writes for a dance publication, thINKing Dance, an MFA in Dance graduate from Hollins University, and an adjunct professor at Rowan University. She also finished her 200 hour yoga certification from Studio 34 in West Philadelphia where you can find her teaching "Everyone is a dancer" yoga. More information on Gavino's work can be found on www.anigavino.com.