Move American: Ilaw Suga Light by Desiree Cuizon

choreographed and performed by Desiree Cuizon // spoken word by Desiree Cuizon and Stephen Delizo //videography by Zaquia Mahler Salinas

Ilaw Suga Light (translation: “ilaw”- light in Tagalog, “Suga” light in Bisaya)

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” – Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Ilaw Suga Light is inspired by the recent disappearances, blatant killings, and terrorist accusations against people in the Philippines for speaking their mind against the current dictator Rodrigo Duterte. Oppression in the form of fear tactics, censorship, and harassment in the Philippines are hauntingly similar to methods used here in the United States as a way to control people, not help people. What is freedom of press and/or freedom of speech if we get punished or criticized for saying facts and truth?

Standing in solidarity for justice is an international love language.  Let your voice shine through the light inside you.

Be Light. Be heard. Vote.

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Desiree Cuizon achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts, in Dance, from San Diego State University in 2008.  She had the privilege to perform and travel internationally in Mexico, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, and Indonesia. Since graduating she became a dance company member with Joe Alter Dance Group (2009-2010), The PGK Dance Project (2012-2016) and San Diego Dance Theater (2015 – 2018). Desiree also worked with various independent and local artists including: Somebodies Dance Theater, Anne Gehman, Blythe Barton Dance, Boroka Nagy, Khamla Somphanh, IsadoraNow, [the] movement initiative and more.  In 2016, Brittany Taylor and Desiree premiered their first co-choreographed work, Avenue Lexicon, and since then they continue to collaborate via the B.A.D. Dance Collective. Most recently she is grateful for the performance and creative opportunities Zaquia Mahler Salinas has created through Disco Riot.

In addition to dancing professionally, Desiree is a certified in Massage Therapist and Pilates Instructor.  She is currently back in school to achieve her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in order to work with dancers and other athletes via injury prevention, rehabilitation, and refined performance skills.

ABOUT MOVE AMERICAN
ARTISTS TESTIFY WITH EMBODIED STORIES, COMPOSE THE ART THAT WILL PRESENT THE HISTORY OFTEN BURIED AND ERASED, AND CREATIVELY ENACT THE BETTER WORLD WE KNOW IS POSSIBLE. TO SUPPORT THE MASSIVE MOBILIZATION FOR CHANGE IN THE UNITED STATES AND HELP SUSTAIN THE MOMENTUM OF THE MOVEMENT ALL THE WAY TO THE ELECTION, WE PRESENT MOVE AMERICAN FROM SEPTEMBER 7 – NOVEMBER 2: A SERIES OF SHORT DANCE FILMS FEATURING A DIFFERENT SELF-DIRECTED MOVEMENT ARTIST FROM SOMEWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES, EXAMINING OR SHARING A SOCIAL JUSTICE/POLITICAL/HUMAN RIGHTS TOPIC. THESE DANCE FILMS ARE INTENDED TO SERVE AS PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS OF SORTS, WITH A CLEAR ACTION ITEM LINKED TO EACH FILM CALLING ON FOLKS TO PREPARE AND TAKE ACTION TO VOTE.