Bryan Viray

Bryan Levina Viray

PhD Candidate
BA Theatre Arts (University of the Philippines Diliman), Choreomundus MA in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage (NTNU, UCA, SZTE, URL)
The Australian National University
Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies, Research School of Humanities & the Arts, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Bryan Levina Viray is currently a PhD Candidate (Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Research) at The Australian National University's Centre for Heritage and Museum Studies (CHMS), under the supervision of the Centre's current Director, Professor Laurajane Smith, PhD.

Key to Bryan’s PhD research question is the understanding of commemoration as a form of intangible heritage and the implications of this for collective memory. His dissertation, "Commemoration as Intangible Heritage: Performing Collective Memories of the Fil-Am War" investigates how the locals of Marinduque, Philippines, commemorate in contemporary terms two battles in Marinduque Island between the locals and the United States armed forces in the early twentieth century and the period of the Philippine-American War. These are the Battle of Paye fought on 31 July 1900, in Boac town, and the Battle of Pulang Lupa fought on 13 September 1900, in Torrijos town. These two battles are significant because in both events the Filipinos were able to wage a successful resistance against American intrusion, unlike in many different parts of the Philippines during the period under consideration.

Bryan works in the area of ethnochoreology/anthropology of dance, critical heritage studies, theatre and performance studies. His essays about dance ritual, cultural performance, protest theatre in the Philippines, performance archive, and decolonizing performance pedagogies have been presented and published in local and international conferences and journals.

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Ethnochoreology/Anthropology of Dance
Cultural Performances in the Philippines
Theatre and Performance Studies
Critical Heritage Studies
Marinduque Island Studies

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