JASMINE ORPILLA is an Ilokana/Ilokanx-American vocal medium, performance artist and composer of experimental theatrical sound installations, in which she activates her living traditional practices of music, dance and rituals of the Philippine diaspora, within the expiring frame of her 1st-generation schism from American-imperialist history and the U.S. military culture of her childhood. Unlimited by “soprano,” she works at the full agency of the human voice, by exposing and weaponizing any damaging rigor of Western ‘classical’ structures that seek to invalidate the oral legacies and multiple languages of the Indigenous musical systems she remains indebted to.
Jasmine Orpilla’s theatrical installations are intentionally embedded with rare materials from her family archives such as portraiture, jewelry, clay pottery, hand-woven cloth, uniforms, medallions, weaponry, instruments, and handwritten letters. Materials that have survived wartime, her work creates space to elevate the intergenerational stories connected to each precious object, in relation to her voice and body today.
Jasmine Orpilla’s art is personally based on the urgency of being one of the last culture and knowledge bearers in her family.
Following intensive experience with world-renowned theatre and opera directors such as Ariane Mnouchkine at Théâtre du Soleil, and Peter Sellars, over the past 10 years Jasmine Orpilla has taken space, internationally performing in genre-defying voices at REDCAT, CAP UCLA, LACMA, Hauser & Wirth, Hammer Museum, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles, Kampnagel Hamburg, Germany, Theatre de La Villette Paris, France, HAU Hebbel Berlin, Germany, and more. Jasmine Orpilla’s solo and collaborative work has been supported by California Arts Council/Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Durfee Foundation, the Mairie de Paris, France, and more.
Jasmine dedicates her latest works to the memory of her family from Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Baguio, Benguet and Asingan, Pangasinan.
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