Expressing Urban-Indigenous Identity
SAMMAY (Samantha Peñaflor Dizon) is a kinetic storyteller who engages her body as a vessel for spiritual intercession and envisions a future in which our indigenous traditions co-exist with(in) our urban landscapes. Her choreography is a unique blend of Hip Hop, urban dance, and contemporary movement with African diaspora influence – inspired by the desire and longing to (re)connect and (re)vitalize our relationship with the earth and each other. She is of Kapampangan, Ilokano, and Bikol descent born and bred in Carson, CA/Tongva Territory and now reclaiming space in San Francisco, CA with honor and gratitude to the Ohlone. She holds a B.A. in Media Studies and Sociology and minors in Dance & Performance Studies and Global Poverty & Practice from University of California Berkeley.