Sari-sari (Tagalog, adjective: “variety”) is an ongoing project/site that incubates sound and performance projects exploring the entanglements of contemporary aesthetics and ideologies within the issues of (post)colonial histories, intersectional politics, and queer migration. As one of Sari-sari’s artistic directors, meLê yamomo has implemented workshops, discussions, and exploratory platforms that engaged and questioned artistic methodologies to find contemporary ways of performative expressions. Together with different international artists, meLê premiered a few performance pieces at Sari-sari in Berlin which also toured in other venues in Europe.
Sarong Banggi is an ongoing conversation between meLê yamomo (performance and sound artist-scholar) and Pepe Dayaw (food and performance artist) who talk, sing, dance, and cook about macro- and micro-histories of Filipino diasporas and musical movements. The journey starts in 1571, with the establishment of the city of Manila as the beginning of globalization. Their stories synchronically span centuries of imperial, national, and postmodern migrations of the people and the culture we now call Filipino. Sarong Banggi unapologetically interweaves folk tunes, art songs, and pop music with comic banters and uninhibited confessionals of two queer migrant Filipinos who serendipitously met, jammed and cooked together at a pop-up café-bar in Neukölln. The performance concludes in a community partaking of a menu of tropical culinary nostalgia.
Premiered at Sari-sari (Berlin) in September 2017
Brunch & Beauty Pageant
Miss Universe 1974, held in Manila, Philippines, was historical in that it is the first live show to be ever broadcast live from Asia to the other side of the Pacific, using the US military satellite dishes set-up in the Philippines as part of the Southeast Asian Cold War theatre. Because it had to be shown live on primetime American television and with the time difference, the pageant was held in the morning and Filipinos watched it over breakfast. Pepe Dayaw (Germany), who grew up watching these beauty pageants, will have a rare encounter with two other migrant Filipinos meLê yamomo (Netherlands), and Teilhard Paradela (Canada) to cook together a brunch as they talk and perform history, both small and monumental, anecdotal and archival, aesthetic and ideological, through the parade of national colors of beauty pageants.
Premiered at Sari-sari (Berlin) in January 2018