Maribeth Manalaysay Tabanera aka Kilusan (they/siya/sanda) is a Tagalog Visayan filipinx non-binary multi-hyphenate educator, artist and community organizer. They are a second-generation settler on Treaty 1 Territory the original lands and waters of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininiwak, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Red River Métis Nation. A life-long learner, they have focused their energy on diving deeply into their passions of dance, music, education, social justice and community building. Kiliusan is a full-time public school educator, as well as an artist facilitator with Graffiti Art Programming and Unity Charity. Maribeth is currently serving on the boards of Manitoba Music, Seven Oaks Filipino Employees Association, and Kultivation Festival.
A street-style dancer for over 25 years, Maribeth's training background includes breaking, hip hop, house, vogue, waacking, dancehall and afrobeat. They began their dance training at the age of 8, with Filipino folk dance organisation, 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. From 2016-2020, Maribeth was a choreographer and performer with B.O.S.S. Dance Team.
In 2018, Maribeth graduated from Mama Cutsworth's DJ Academy for All Women and Non-Binary Folks, they have been playing their favourite funk, soul, jazz, rock, disco, hip hop, house, latin, dancehall, afro-beats, and filipino classics. Kilusan has DJed with Kimmortal, Queer People of Colour Winnipeg, Synonym Art Consultation, DJ Bles-sed (Montreal), DJ Maseo at Bastid’s BBQ 2019, Kay Gee and Vin Rock of Naughty By Nature and Skratch Bastid (Toronto).
In the past, they have organised events such as, “Queer Nights at CCFM, “Grill Em’: All-Styles Dance Battle,” and "Mini-Ballroom" events. Some of Kilusan’s most recent projects include producing a video from CBC Manitoba's Creators Network "Unlocked" and "My Happy Place" series, dancing in Adrian Sutherland's, "Respect the Gift" music video, choreographing for “Intramural.e,” A Théâtre Cercle Molière & Synonym Art Consultation Production presented by National Arts Centre English Theatre’s Grand Acts of Theatre.
In 2022, Maribeth launched their company Kilusan Productions. Through unique, inclusive and community-minded education, dance, DJing, production and event organising, Kilusan Productions strives to cultivate a grassroots contemporary art movement in Winnipeg and abroad rooted in social responsibility and mutual solidarity.
For more information visit: www.maribethtabanera.com