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ABOUT MARIBETH TABANERA AKA KILUSAN
Photo By: Calvin Lee Joseph
Maribeth Tabanera aka Kilusan (she/her/they/siya) is a queer filipinx femme multi-disciplinary artist, educator and activist. They are a second generation settler on Treaty No. 1 the original lands and waters of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininiwak, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. Maribeth's ancestry is Tagalog from Navotas, Manila and Visayan from Tangalan, Aklan. Kilusan is a chosen Tagalog name that means movement of an individual and/or group.
A life-long learner, they have focused their energy on diving deeply into their passions of dance, music, education, social justice and community building. Maribeth holds a Graphic Design Diploma (Tec Voc, 2006), Bachelors of Art (University of Winnipeg, 2010), Industrial Arts/Technology Teacher Education Diploma (Red River College, 2012), and Bachelors of Education (University of Winnipeg, 2013). Maribeth is the full-time Internship Coordinator at Seven Oaks Met School and Maples Met School in the Seven Oaks School Division, and an instructor with Graffiti Art Programming. They are also currently a member of Kultivation Festival, Seven Oaks Filipino Employees Association and Manitoba Association of Dance Educators.
Maribeth has spent over 25+ years training, in a variety of dance styles including breaking, hip hop, house, vogue, waacking, dancehall and afrobeat. They began their dance training at the age of 8, with Filipino folk dance organization, Magadaragat Inc. From 2006 - 2013, they were a member of Define Movement, one of Winnipeg's premiere Hip Hop dance crews. In 2015, Maribeth was part of Project Dance Company. The crew became one of the first groups to represent Winnipeg at the Canadian Hip Hop Championships in Montreal, and Canada at Hip Hop International in San Diego. Since 2016, Maribeth has been a choreographer and performer with B.O.S.S. Dance Team.
Maribeth is also an active member of the street styles dance battle community as a competitor, judge and organizer since 2015. They continue to train and battle across North America. In 2018 and 2019, with the support of Winnipeg Arts Council and Manitoba Arts Council, Maribeth was able to train and compete in Toronto, Montreal, and New York. Most notably, Maribeth placed top 8 in the Dancehall category of Ladies of Hip Hop July 2018 in New York and was a finalist at Queens Creation All-Styles Battle in Montreal in August 2019.
A graduate from Mama Cutsworth's DJ Academy for Women and Non-Binary Folks, they have been playing their favourite tracks at events all over Winnipeg since 2017. Kilusan's music collection is filled with their favourite funk, soul, jazz, rock, disco, hip hop, house, latin, dancehall, afrobeat, and filipino records. Kilusan has DJed with Queer People of Colour Winnipeg, Synonym Art Consultation, Fourth Quarter Records, DJ Bles-sed in Montreal, Bastid’s BBQ 2019 along side Skratch Bastid and DJ Maseo of De La Soul, and with Kay Gee and Vin Rock of Naughty By Nature at the Big Picture Learning Big Summer Fest 2020.
Since March 2020, Maribeth has been navigating the evolving education and arts industries adapting to the changes due to the pandemic. Some of the most successful strategies they have found most helpful in keeping spirits up and finding creativity have been honouring rest, slowing down, sitting with their emotions, practicing movement and mobility, listening to music, and being in constant gratitude. Maribeth has been blessed to do many incredible projects during this time including, producing a video from CBC Manitoba's Creators Network "My Happy Place" series and dancing in Adrian Sutherland's, "Respect the Gift" music video. In September 2020, they joined Synonym Art Consultation as their Lead Dance Curator. To date, Maribeth has worked as lead choreographer on Begonia’s ‘Fear’ [Official Album Trailer], “Intramural.e,” A Théâtre Cercle Molière & Synonym Art Consultation Production presented by National Arts Centre English Theatre’s Grand Acts of Theatre, and Gorge Festival of Drag and Queer Arts.
Maribeth "Kilusan" Tabanera strives to create and hold space for an inclusive atmosphere wherever she is, in hopes of inspiring all people to live life to their fullest potential of light and love.
CURRICULUM VITAE AS OF APRIL 2021