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Contemporary Dance Map 2008

An initiative of the Choreographers’ Network of the World Dance Alliance - Philippines In partnership with Instituto Cervantes, Manila and Cinekatipunan at Magnet Cafe


The Spirit of Dance has No colour, No selected shape or size
But Embraces the Power of Unity, Strength,
And Beauty found within us.
Each Dancing Soul, Young, Old, person living with a disABILITY
Creates and transforms ideas into life changing moving Art.
Dance is the mirror reflecting the impossible made possible.
For all to touch, hear, feel and experience.
Sounds from our hearts and Soul is our rhythm,
Our every move reveals the history of mankind.
It is the element where the Human Spirit can embrace the ultimate Freedom.
Whenever our hands touch, something beautiful happens,
What the Soul remembers, the body portrays through movement.
Dance is therefore the healing force for all to access,
You are my eyes and I am your feet.
Use your Passion for Dance to heal each other,
Unify your dance community,
Most importantly be the Best that you can be in your Own Right,
We are able to stand unified through the Power and Spirit of Dance.

- Gladys Faith Agulhas, Mosadi Wa Konokono (Woman of Substance) Awardee, South Africa

Basilio Villaruz, president
Corazon Inigo, vice-president
Shirley Halili-Cruz, secretary-treasurer
Paul Morales, choreographers' network chair
Angel Lawenko Baguilat, project director
April 9 Uncensored Bodies
dance video screenings with artists’ talk With Paul Morales and Denisa Reyes
Venue: Magnet Café Katipunan, 530pm

April 16 Uncensored Bodies
dance video screenings with artists’ talk With Sarri Lluch Dalena, Ruello Lozendo, Carlitos Siguion-Reyna and Myra Beltran
Venue: Magnet Café Katipunan, 530pm

April 19 Not mine
Performance by Myra Beltran, Dance Forum
Venue: Library, Instituto Cervantes Manila, 3pm

April 19 Memory Wares
A Chameleon Dance Theatre production
Venue: Chameleon Dance Studio, 7pm
Gate P100
Retrospective works by Rudolph Segundo, Eric dela Cruz, Joel Simbulan and Raul Alcoseba

April 20 Academe creates New
A UP Dance Co. and HC School of Ballet production
Venue: HC School of Ballet, 7pm, Gate P100

April 23 Uncensored Bodies
dance video screenings with artists’ talk and dance jam With Diego Maranan, Jay Cruz and Tes Jamias
Venue: Magnet Café Katipunan, 530pm

April 25 Betrayed by Martha
A Dance Forum / Airdance production
Venue: Dance Forum Space, 8pm, Gate P100
A performance that inquires where contemporary dance practice in the Philippines grounds itself.

“Ms. Martha! [Graham] – I tried. I tried hard to find an original idea, and summon it from the depths of my being, like you said.

Alas! My body or myself, was not great enough to contain a grand emotion. I just wanted the space to be – suspended, held, within the logic of my body, there I felt free.

Ms. Martha, is dance not deemed complete anymore? Do border crossings crumble even the human body? The world of successive ruptures you made possible now threaten to exclude me.

Oh, Ms. Martha, was I not betrayed?”

April 26 Contemporary Dance Map Gala 2008
Dance Forum, Airdance, Chameleon Dance Theatre, UP Dance Co., Dancing Wounded Commune, HC School of Ballet
Venue: Dance Forum Space, 8pm, Gate P100

April 27 Colorum Code
Venue: PETA Theatre Dance Studio, 830pm,
Gate P100
Dancing Wounded – Contemporary Dance Commune unlocks power points in Philippine Contemporary Dance in their latest work. After three years of existence, the commune plots its journey the way a yogi would conjure the universe in naming and aligning his chakras together; and just like a true believer, by faithfully and consciously choosing to maintain his wide eyed optimism, would manifest the future.

April 29
Día Internacional de la Danza/International Dance Day
Danza y periodismo/ Dance Journalism
A seminar to discuss about issues in writing about dance, with special guest, Amb. Delfin Colome, Courtesy of Instituto Cervantes Manila
Venue: Instituto Cervantes Manila, 2pm-6pm

April 29
Coreografías para el Día Internacional de la Danza / Dancers for International Dance Day
Venue: Instituto Cervantes, Manila - 7pm
Intimate dance pieces by artists from the Choreographers Network, World Dance Alliance-Philippines, exploring the body as text, dance and writing.

Choreography by Ava Maureen Villanueva (Airdance)
“two pigments producing color, creating a still brown imagery, thus, giving us sepia.”

Choreography by Elena Laniog (UP Dance Co.)
“sweet, bittersweet, minty, lemon, choco, round, gum, yellow, peach, pink … dulce.”

Heavy Side Layer
Choreography by Raul Alcoseba (Chameleon Dance Theatre)
“conceal what you have schemed, while all the cats are colored black, when you fur begins to show, I will understand”

And a piece by Dancing Wounded Contemporary Dance Commune


Magnet Café (Katipunan)

Instituto Cervantes Manila
(855 T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila)

PETA Theatre Dance Studio
(5 Sunnyside Drive, Brgy. Kristong Hari, QC)

Chameleon Dance Studio
(89b Diego Silang, Cubao, QC)

HC School of Ballet
(1227 Quezon Ave., QC)

Dance Forum Space
( 36e West Ave., QC)


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