Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Wifi Body 5: Independent Contemporary Dance Festival (June 25-July 4, 2010)

On its 5th successful year, wifi body Festival gathers again contemporary dance artists who will showcase new and innovative contemporary dance works and a magnet for collaborations with artists of other disciplines with contemporary dance. A project of the Contemporary Dance Network Philippines in partnership with the Cultural Center of the Philippines, this festival has grown since its inception in 2006, to involve two hundred thirty-two (232) dance artists in twenty (20) dance organizations, with an average of fifty (50) choreographers with 52 contemporary dance piece premieres a year. wifi body Festival is, indeed, the pre-eminent contemporary dance event in the Philippines today. Wifi Body 5 is happening in simultaneous locations from June 25-July 4, 2010.

Dynamic, innovative but pushing together for a common love for dance, this is the body of contemporary dance in the Philippines - wifi body.

I am a witness to this dance festival in the past years and I must say that the dance prowess coming from the different parts of the Philippines is truly a world class talent! Be amazed and be moved!

wifi body 5 explores the theme “Body and Memory.” Is not memory triggered by some imprint on the body, some lodged experience in the body, springing forth as memory? It is when the body remembers, that one proceeds to create. And when the body remembers, there is Dance.

EXPERIMENT. REMEMBER. CREATE. Join us for wifi body 5!

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JUNE 25 – JULY 4, 2010

Contemporary Dance Workshops

The Wifibody 5 Contemporary Dance Workshops at the Bulwagang Amado Hernandez will be an exciting opportunity for teachers and dance enthusiasts to engage in the allure of the moving body, as seasoned artists/choreographers share their processes and movement vocabulary in classes for deepening your dance experience. We are now accepting expressions of interest from corporate/school groups and individuals to be part of this exhilarating component of the festival. Please find below the workshop times, artist profiles and registration info.

Friday, July 2 11:00am - 2:00pm | Facilitator:  Christine Crame Santillan                                      
Christine Crame Santillan was a member of Ballet Philippines from 1994-2006 where she essayed major roles in the company’s repertoire, including the lead in Darna, Cinderella, Snow White, Peter Pan, Noche Buena among others. As dance teacher she has taught at CCP Dance School, STEPS Dance Studio and is currently the main instructor and choreographer at Saint Benilde Romancon Dance Company which she has led to excellence in performance leading to a Championship in the College Contemporary / Jazz category of Dream Celebration. Ms. Santillan’s entry to the wifi body New Choreographers Competition 2008, “Bounce” was proclaimed audience winner.

Saturday, July 3 11:00am - 2:00pm | Facilitator: Herbert Alvarez

Herbert is a solid product of the College of Music Dance Program at the UP Diliman under Prof. Steve Villaruz, he serves as one of UP Dance Company’s Artistic Director and choreographer. He premiered numerous pieces for the wifi BODY Series at the CCP and the Yearly Contemporary Dance Map. He won the second prize at the New Choreographers Competition of the wifi body 2 for his piece, “Lamentations”. Together with Ma. Elena Laniog, they received the Student’s Achievement given by UP President, Emerlinda Roman for their choreography, “Pedro Kusinero: A Philippine Petrushuska”.

Sunday, July 4 11:00am - 2:00pm | Facilitator: Jed Amihan   
Jed is a member of Airdance, and trained under Paul Morales, Dwight Rodrigazo, Jethro Pioquinto, Bunny Brendia. He was a finalist of the New Choreographers Competition at Wifi Body Festival 2008, and distinguished himself with his dynamic movement vocabulary. He participated in Wifi Body 2009’s Second Step and his choreographic work for Airdance, such as “Monolove,” are stable pieces in the repertoire. Jed is also an excellent contemporary dance teacher.

Tickets to the workshops are P250.00 per participant or you may avail of our Festival Passes for:
    1.    P1,600.00       • One seat to all the shows and to all the workshops,
    2.    P800.00          • One slot to all the workshops PLUS one seat to any shows of your choice OR
                                  • One seat to three shows of your choice PLUS one slot to workshop of your

wifi body 5 is presented by Contemporary Dance Network Philippines and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, in cooperation with National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Greenbelt Ayala Malls, STEPS Dance Studio, and Dance Forum MB.

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