Friday, February 27, 2009

Who will be the next AIRDANCE IDOL?

AIRDANCE IDOL winners 2004

Time moves so fast and we just realized that we are now holding our 5th edition of AIRDANCE IDOL this monday MARCH 2, 6:30 pm at Airdance/Dance Forum.

Traditionally we do this during our Christmas party but we were not able to have it last December since we had so many commitments then.

Am glad the dancers all worked to make this next one possible. Join us :)

Complete list of Past Winners:

Airdance Idol


Nordic Caraig
2nd place Reagan Cornelio
3rd place Ernest Hollilia


Jethro Pioquinto
2nd place Pro Gelladuga and Vincent Egido
3rd place Dudoy Sollano


Ava Maureen Villanueva
2nd place Victor Sy
3rd place Rhosam Prudenciado


Mia Cabalfin
2nd place Johnny Amar
3rd place John Phillip Martir


Nordic, Jethro, Ava, Mia... Who will be the next AIRDANCE IDOL?

Monday, February 09, 2009

Call for Proposals/Entries

Our global village has grown us technological arms that allow us to perform new and hitherto, unheard of tricks and behaviours. It has created new identities and intimacies while bridging distances and defining new spaces. We groove to a new cacophony of images, sounds and tools. We create avatars, imbued with spirit and magic, and dance with our multiplied selves. Experience our EVOLVING body at the Wifi_Body 4.

Call for Proposals: Choreographer’s Platform

International, local and regional contemporary dance works. The festival will program works and provide production grants to selected applicants.


Showcasing the best of Independent Contemporary Dance. Length: 20-60 mins.

Submit one page description. Proposal may be an existing work or a proposal for a new work. If proposing for a new work, the finished, complete work on video must be submitted by April 25, 2009. If an existing work, a video must be submitted together with the initial proposal.
Must be possible to stage with minimal set-up

Dance on Site

New site specific projects within the CCP. Length: 15-30min.

Must require only minimal audio set-up, if at all
Proposal must specify which site is intended for the work, and a detailed description of the intended work and its justification for such a site must be included.

2nd Step

A showcase of new works by former New Choreographers’ Competition finalists, mentored by founding Festival Director, Myra Beltran. Length: 15-20 mins.

Submit one page description of proposed new work.
Proponents should also discuss the impact of joining the New Choreographers Competition on their life and dance career.

Call for Entries:

1st Uncensored Bodies DANCE FILM Competition

On the 3rd year of the Uncensored Bodies Program of Dance Films we are happy to announce a competition for short dance films featuring the human body. Documentary footage of live performances are excluded from this contest. Length: 5- 10 mins.

Cash prizes as well as awards for BEST FILM, BEST STUDENT FILM, and an AUDIENCE PRIZE will be awarded.

For films created not earlier than June 2008.

Early Submissions: April 15, 2009
Final Deadline: June 1, 2008

3rd New Choreographers Competition

Explore the solo or duet form in 7-9 mins. For choreographers who have yet not created a major full-length work, and interested / committed in pursuing choreography as a profession

Solo or duet : 7-9min. to be performed at the CCP Main Theatre Stage with an approximate stage area of 28 ft. x 32ft.
Premieres the solo or duet, in full for the first time for the festival competition
The solo or duet can be performed by the choreographer or by dancers other than the choreographer.
Can be performed with basic lighting cues.
No sets allowed, only props essential to the dance are allowed.
Emphasis will be given to the level of dance research in theme, aesthetics, process and its innovative application.

A 100 word proposal of the work’s concept and a 3-5min. video in dvd / vcd / vhs of the work, the work-in-progress or the movement study of the proposed work must be submitted by: April 19, 2009.

Announcement of awards will be on July 5, 2009, after the Emerging Talent Showcase of the festival. There will be a first and second prize chosen by a panel of judges and one audience winner, voted by members of the audience. This year the competition will also award a 3rd place prize.

The winners shall receive cash prizes courtesy of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Japan Foundation. First place winner will receive a medallion and will be automatically programmed for the CCP’s “Waiting in the Wings” project, or will have the privilege to perform the work in CCP events through the year.

Submit all proposals, enclosing all contact information, queries etc to:

Videos and hard copy of materials can be sent to:
Contemporary Dance Network Philippines
36-e West Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines
Contact no. : 0917-5269724 or 09175211014

Announcements of participation will be made by April 26, 2008 at the gala performance of “Contemporary Dance Map 2009” to celebrate International Dance Day.

All local participants are obliged to join the newly formed Contemporary Dance Network – Philippines. Join us in bridging dance and society.

Check and for more info and updates on Wi_fi Body 4: The EVOLVING BODY.

Evolve. Dance.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Choreographer's Platform

Choreographer's Platform, originally uploaded by laz'andre.

Airdance in "Love Potion No. 9"


entwined, originally uploaded by laz'andre.

Nina and Pro

in Genesis from "Malakas at Maganda"

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Today's Photo

The new year's energy fills us with hope for better days.
With my new Nikon D-90, I am exploring the photgraphic image. I will be posting photos that I think can speak for themselves. :)
Happy New Year!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

meryll soriano, direk paul alexander morales, and jay aquitania

at concerto gala :)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Friday, April 11, 2008

Contemporary Dance Map 08

Inviting all to the 4th year of the Contemporary Dance Map, A project of the Choreographers’ Network of World Dance Alliance-Philippines, in celebration of International Dance Day.

Contemporary Dance Map 2008 is in partnership with
Instituto Cervantes Manila and Cinekatipunan at Magnet Café.

Enjoy contemporary dance!

Performances / events

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 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 Oliver Palad, 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 and 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
Gala performance by artists of Contemporary Dance Map 2008. Features:
Dance Forum, Airdance, Chameleon Dance Theatre, UP Dance Co., Dancing Wounded Commune, HC School of Ballet

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
Venue: Instituto Cervantes Manila

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
Time: 2pm-6pm

Coreografías para el Día Internacional de la Danza / Dancers for International Dance Day
Time: 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)

Choreography by Elena Laniog (UP Dance Co.)

Heavy Side Layer
Choreographer by Raul Alcoseba (Chameleon Dance Theatre)

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. Kirstong 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)

Since 1982, Dance Day is a yearly event celebrated on the 29th of April by the international community of dancers and dance enthusiasts. Yearly there is a message from a renowned dance artist. This year it is from Gladys Faith Agulhas of South Africa.


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
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

The Contemporary Dance Map series was initiated in 2005, by then Choreographers’ Network Chair, Myra Beltran. It is the experimental ground of the larger festival, Wi_fi Body Festival, held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. It is mainly an artists’ initiative, now on its fourth year.

Basilio Villaruz, president
Corazon Inigo, vice-president
Shirley Halili-Cruz, secretary-treasurer
Paul Morales, choreographers’ network chair
Angel Lawenko Baguilat, project director

Artistic directors:
Paul Morales, Airdance
Myra Beltran, Dance Forum
Herbert Alvarez, UP Dance Co.
Angel Lawenko Baguilat, UP Dance Co.
Raul Alcoseba, Chameleon Dance Theatre.
Jose Jay Cruz, Dancing Wounded Contemporary Dance Commune