Ase / Ibalik

Ase / Ibalik is an afro-futuristic dance film that explores the intersection of spirituality, activism and taps into the spiritual power of dance.

  • Alyssa Junious
    Director / Choreographer
  • Pauline Scully
    Assistant Director
  • Alyssa Junious
  • Irishia Hubbard
  • Danielle Matthews
  • Pauline Scully
    Director of Photography
  • Alyssa Junious
  • Margaret Salazar
    Production Assistant
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  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 4, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Shift / West Virtual Screening
    Los Angeles
    United States
    June 4, 2021
  • Dance Camera West Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    January 15, 2022
    Los Angeles Premier
    Official Selection
Director Biography

My name is Alyssa Junious and I am an interdisciplinary storyteller that uses dance, theater, music and film. I received my BFA in Performance and Choreography and a certificate in Arts Management from the University of California, Irvine. For the past 10 years, I have worked professionally in the commercial dance, concert dance and theater industry. Some of my professional credits include working with; La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Musical Theater, PGK Dance Project, Disney and Legoland California Resort.

I am the founder of Continuum Arts & Pilates located in Oceanside, California. We play an active role in engaging the North County San Diego arts + wellness community. We are known for our artist development programs, movement training, performance productions and community workshops. Our platform is a place for the artists, movement enthusiasts and the community to come together to connect, create and collectively heal together.

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Director Statement

As a choreographer I believe that movement can be a catalyst for collective healing and social change. My recent works are a reflection of the intersectionality of my identity as a Black and Filipina Woman. My work has been centered around telling my truth. A big part of that journey is taking up space and unapologetically sharing my point of view. That’s been the most challenging part for me. What I’ve learned so far is that perspective is power and I’m grateful I have a platform to share my thoughts and ideas. May my work be an inspiration and affirmation that you are enough and empower you to tell your story.