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Cultural Center of the Philippines




Premiere Dates:

  • Sept. 16, 2021 | 2:00 PM - Episode 1
  • Sept. 16, 2021 | 7:00 PM - Episode 2
  • Sept. 17, 2021 | 2:00 PM - Episode 3
  • Sept. 17, 2021 | 7:00 PM - Episode 4

Streamed for FREE at the CCP, CCP Choreographers Series, and CCP Arts Education FB Pages


Daring. Different. Defining. Deconstruct. Dance. 

Koryolab is a laboratory and research platform for the development and presentation of experimental dance pieces by mid-career choreographers in a black box space mentored intensively by the pioneers in contemporary dance. It is the second tier of the CCP Choreographers’ Series, a three-part platform in support of the Filipino choreographer. The CCP Choreographers Series aims to become the prime mover of contemporary dance expressions in Philippine society.

This year, Koryolab launched a virtual residency program where artists exchange ideas with mentors in ways that help them to relate their practice to other disciplines. In doing so, they start to articulate the values that Filipino choreographers embody to bring them forward in their careers. 


Episode 1

“Discovery: The Pinoy Experience in Cinema”

September 16 | 2PM

Ed Cabagnot takes us on a brief tour, via some iconic films, of how Philippine Cinema has captured the Pinoy Experience in its recurrent themes and characters, as well as in its unique brand of storytelling and cinematic style.

Episode 2

“Sounding Time and Space: Jose Maceda et al."

September 16 | 7PM

National artist Jose Maceda transformed Philippine music by opening a path to alternative materials and processes of composition rooted in the philosophies of our indigenous cultures and yet, combining them with avant garde practices, to give us “Philippine New Music.” The shape of space is transformed by sound in these and subsequent works influenced by Maceda. Verne de la Peña takes us on a journey through these works - a must-learn for contemporary dance choreographers who are increasingly using soundscapes and collaborating with sound artists.

Episode 3

“Dancing with the Alien: Bodies versus Machines”

September 17 | 2PM

Dance has been irreversibly infected by technology due to the pandemic and in this lecture, Tad Ermitaño takes us behind one such collaborative project of dance with technology, called “Twinning Machine,” an interactive installation wherein the video captures the viewer and projects the image onto a screen. The effect of the audience seeing oneselves ‘live’ and life-sized, simulates the effect of looking into the mirror, and yet, it is an “anti-mirror” since it plays upon and subverts the expectations of the mind as it relates to viewing the body’s position and movement. “Twinning Machine” had multiple iterations with various dance artists.

Episode 4

“Choreography as a Critical Practice”

September 17 | 7PM

Contemporary dance choreographers define their practice as a critical one, engaging theory in their practice, such as asking important questions about not only one’s work but also the very process of creating. Asking basic questions like what is dance, who is dancing, what is the body, how does dance create meaning, from where does movement arise, each contemporary dance work answers these questions and each creator’s answer within the work is precisely what makes the work contemporary. Jay Cruz talks us through his journey in forming Dancing Wounded, the idea behind his earlier works, and his eventual shift to the new group, Transitopia. 


  1. Al Garcia, Taipei
  2. Buboy Raquitico, NCR
  3. Dingdong Selga, Eastern Visayas
  4. Gerard Hechanova, Caraga
  5. Gia Gequinto, NCR
  6. Jared Luna, NCR
  7. Nicole Primero, Western Visayas
  8. Niño Horario, Western Visayas
  9. Sasa Cabalquinto, NCR
  10. Sherwin Santiago, CAR

Myra’s pioneering work is considered instrumental in the formation of an independent contemporary dance community in the Philippines. 

Aside from her choreographic work, she initiated “Contemporary Dance Map” (2005) and the Wifi Body Festival (2006) which produced and launched the careers of many choreographers who are contemporary dance’s most articulate and active practitioners in the Philippines.  She currently co-curates the CCP Choreographers’ Series.

Myra received the 2001 Alab ng Haraya for Individual Recognition in the Performing Arts from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Tanging Parangal from the City of Manila (2007).