Joseph Keith Anicoche

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Joseph Keith Anicoche (born in Vigan, Ilocos Sur) was a Filipino curator, storyteller, and educator. He was a performance-maker who worked at the intersection of art, culture, and development. His art practices ranged from developing performances in blackbox to devising works with and within communities in disaster areas. He was the artistic director of Sipat Lawin Inc., a contemporary cultural laboratory, and a founding member of Komunidad X, an anti-disciplinary collective.

Anicoche was a Theater Arts scholar of the Philippine High School for the Arts. He attained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film and Audio Visual Communications from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

He led the online migration of the Virgin Labfest 2020. He also facilitated the Dans:LAB Singapore – Philippines Satellite in July and Tokyo Festival’s Asian Performing Arts Farm Laboratory from August-October. He was also the Festival Director of Karnabal Festival: Performance and Social Innovation.

Among his recent engagements and projects were:

  • National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)-supported “Likhaan” tour in Iloilo, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Los Baños and Manila (2016)
  • Asia Triennial of Performing Arts , Melbourne (2017)
  • Asian Cultural Council Fellowship in New York City (2018-2019)
  • Co-curator and co-facilitator for ADAM Artist laboratory in Taipei, Taiwan (2019)
  • Performance-maker for Island Bar Shanghai
  • SAND A/ISLES Project for Festival/Tokyo 2019
  • ASIA Topa 2020 in Melbourne Australia

He has also developed programs and performances with/for the following:

His work as a storyteller was showcased at the Museo Pambata while his art practice was featured in a documentary shown at the 2016 Tokyo Performing Arts-Asian Artist Interview Series. His performances were engaging as he collaborated with the audience. Through interactive performances, he was able to organize leadership training and character empowerment programs.

Anicoche was a recipient of the following awards and recognition:

  • Davis Peace Prize USA 2019
  • Ginebra Ako Para sa Entablado Award 2018
  • De La Salle University Public Intellectual for Democracy Discourse Series Fellowship Grant




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