“Incarcerated 6×9” tells the real-life stories of Filipinos in jail

SAN FRANCISCO — This show is set in the near future 2048, highlighting the state of humanity among Filipinos in the U.S. who have been sent to prison.

This is the new multi-media production entitled “Incarcerated 6-by-9” by choreographer Alleluia Panis.

The show is inspired by the real-life incarceration accounts of young Filipino-Americans locked up between 1966 and 2008 — in particular the story of perseverance from Rico Riemedio, who spent 25 years in jail.

For dancer Jonathan Mercado — though he was never in prison — he and the other dancers internalized the other ways they feel contained or trapped in their lives.

“We’ll chain ourselves up to these ideas. We’ll wall ourselves and we’ll create this tiny place of loneliness for us.”

The creative team behind the production wants the audience to understand the issues of isolation and the yearning for connection.

“It’s when we discover we are not alone and there is that connection that we’re able to share and able to communicate. And that is kind of the beginning of the healing process,” said Rachel Lastimosa.

One of the goals of the show is to spread awareness about the effects of incarceration.

“Now that we’re aware about this, what can we do to help people. Especially help people who are out here who are troubled such as our youth in our community,” sais Wilfred Galila. How to create programs for them to avoid being incarcerated or committing a crime that would put them in jail.”

For those in the San Francisco Bay Area, “Incarcerated 6-by-9” is in its last weekend of shows — running at bindlestiff studios May 11th through the 13th.

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