Bagobo Rice Cycle

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Bagobo Rice Cycle (also known as Sugod Uno) is a tribal dance performed by the Bagobo people of Davao del Sur. To the Bagobo, the dance is called Miyamas neng Ommoy. Ommoy is a Bagobo term for the rice grains without husks.

The dance portrays the step-by-step cycle rice culture; from planting, harvesting to thanksgiving rituals for a bountiful rice harvest.

Contents

The Dance

Number of Dancers: (may vary) 8 Girls 6 Boys

Props

Bamboos(talapak) for digging holes and for pounding, Bilaos for separating the husks from the stalks and rainmaker for the watering mime.

Instruments

Tribal Drums made of animal skin and other instruments of indigenous origin.

Costumes

Girls wear malong as tapis, feather head dress and necklaces made of tribal beads. Boys wear knee level farming pants, multicolred head band, multicolored body band and necklaces made of tribal beads.

The Dance Steps

Count 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 to one full measure 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 to another measure

The Walk

Females step left foot forward immediately followed by the right foot brushing backwards to complete one count (1). The second (2) count is spent in placing the right foot back to its position. This walk is accompanied by varying hand gestures. Males take alternate (left foot/right foot) hop-steps slightly forward with each hop-step completing one count. In the walk, the males hold their bamboos in front of them.

Figure 1

Foot steps forward at count 1 and hops at count 2.

Figure 2

Males take side step to the right on count 1, cross left foot behind the right on count 2, and repeat counts 1 & 2 for counts 3 and 4. Then the combination is repeated this time to the left with counts 5,6,7,8. The bamboo is thrust on the ground (miming the jabbing of holes) on counts 4 and 8. Females take side step to the right on count 1, cross left foot in front of the right on count 2, takes another side step to the right on count 3, and points on count 4. Then the combination is repeated this time to the left with counts 5,6,7,8. In this figure, the females mime the act of throwing grains from an imaginary container (on counts 4 and 8) into the jabbed holes.

Figure 3 (Females Only)

This figure is done with the females taking 8 backward steps with the body in bent position, miming the throwing of grains into the ground. Each step is accompanied by a throw.

Figure 4

Males step right foot close to left and immediately pull it away in counts 1 and 2, stomp left foot and thrust (jab) the bamboo on the ground on 3, raise left foot and pull up the bamboo on count 4. Females do the same on counts 1 and 2, take left heel in front of right foot on 3, raise left foot and mime the throwing of grains on count 4. In these figure, the females’ bodies are in a slightly bent forward position.

Figure 5

In this figure, all dancers’ bodies are bent forward with the buttocks slightly protruding. Dancers jump to the left on counts 1 and 2, jump to the right on counts 3 and 4, then take 3 successive jumps to the right 5 – 6 – 7 – 8. The figure is then repeated this time starting with an initial jump to the left.

Figure 6 (Males Only)

In this figure, the males thrusts the bamboos to the ground on count 1 and hop for counts 2, 3 and 4.

Figure 7

Using the bilao, the females mime the act of threshing the rice stalks to separate the grains and the heaps (16 counts) followed by the males’ miming the act of pounding the rice stalks (4 counts). Another 24 counts on the bilao, then another 4 counts on the pounding.

The figures are executed in various successions, arrangements and patterns – for example, walks executed before executing a particular figure.


The Dance Progression

Intro: A Mime that represents the preparation of the field for planting. 1. Cutting the grasses 2. Watering the field 3. Cleaning the field

Dancers’ Entrance: 16 counts of alternate step-cross-step starting with the right foot to assume the first formation:

1st Formation

O X O X O X O

O X O X O X O

Legend Girls O Boys X

I. 8 counts

The dancers take 8 counts of Figure 1 in circular pattern in groups of four, six and four.

II. 24 counts

Males continue with Figure 1 and take 16 counts to exit and get their bamboos. Three of them then take 8 counts of their Walk to assume their places for the 2nd Formation. The females take 8 counts of Walk, then take 8 counts of Figure 1 in circular pattern, then another 8 counts of Walk to assume their places for the 2nd Formation.

2nd Formation

0 0

0 0 X

0 0 X

0 0 X


III. 16 counts

Dancers take 16 counts for Figure 2.


IV. 16 counts

Females take 8 counts for their Figure 3, then 8 counts of their Walk in forward movement to retake their posts for the 2nd Formation. The three males take the 16 counts of their walk in a circular pattern, in the process taking with them the other three to assume 3rd Formation.

3rd Formation

0 0

0 0 X X

0 0 X X

0 0 X X


V. 16 counts

Dancers take 16 counts for Figure 2.


VI. 16 counts

Dancers take 16 counts of their Walk to assume the 4th Formation.

4thFormation

O O

O X O X

O X O X

O X O X


VII. 32 counts

Facing their partners, dancers take 16 counts for Figure 4, and then another 16 counts for the same figure in rotating pattern.

VIII. 16 counts

Dancers take 16 counts of their Walk in stationary position with the males holding their bamboos in position and the females swaying their right arms extended to the front.

IX. 16 counts

Males stand up right as the females take 16 counts of their walk to circle their partners.

X. 16 counts

Facing their partners, dancers take 16 counts for Figure 4.

XI. 16 counts

Dancers take 16 counts of their walk to assume the 5th Formation.

5th Formation

X

X O O X

X O O X

X O O X

X


XII. 32 counts

Dancers take 32 counts of their walk in circular pattern – clockwise for females, counterclockwise for males. The movements terminates with the 6th Formation.


6th Formation

O O

O X O X

O X O X

O X O X


XIII. 16 counts

Males raise their bamboos to place it on their shoulders. The ladies take 16 counts for their walk accompanied by various hand movements.

XIV. 16 counts Dancers take 16 counts for Figure 5.

XV. 16 counts

Males take 8 counts to unload the bamboos from their shoulders, and another 8 counts to assume the 7th Formation. With bodies slightly bent forward, females take 16 counts of their walk to move to the 7th Formation.

7th Formation

X X X X X X

O O O O O O O O


XVI. 16 counts

Males raise their bamboos to place it on their shoulders. With bodies bent forward, females take 16 counts for their walk in rotating position.

XVII. 16 counts

Dancers take 16 counts for Figure 5.

XVII. 16 counts

Females take 16 counts of their walk in stationary position. Males unload bamboos from their shoulders.

XVIII. 16 counts

Females take 16 counts of their walk to exit. Males assume the 8th Foramtion


8th Formation

O O O O O O

XIX. 16 counts

Dancers take 16 counts for Figure 6, and another 16 counts for the same figure in rotating pattern.


XX. 32 counts Dancers take 32 counts for Figure 7.

Dancers exit.


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