Made up of forty-five dancers, singers and musicians, the Bayanihan Philippine Dance Ensemble takes its name from the ancient Philippine tradition of “bayanihan,” or working together for a common good, which in this case is preserving and celebrating the culture of the Philippine Islands in all of its diverse forms. The ensemble performs in bright, colorful native costumes and performs indigenous tribal music and dance in ritual and secular forms as well as music and dance that reflect the influence of Spanish colonization on Filipino culture. Performing under the direction of Isabel Santos, the 43-year-old company has performed in sixty countries across six continents and is appearing as the season opener of Symphony Center Presents and in conjunction with the yearlong Silk Road Chicago celebration. (Dennis Polkow)
Bayanihan Philippine Dance Ensemble performs at 3pm, October 8, Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan, (312)294-3000. $20-$40.