WIFIBODY 2020

Witness how contemporary dance is translated to virtual platforms as presented by 10 ...

Dance

Presented By:

Cultural Center of the Philippines

Disclaimer:

Streamed online

DATE/TIME/VENUE

Premiere Date:

  • Aug. 28, 2020 | 2:00 PM - Set 1
  • Aug. 28, 2020 | 4:00 PM - Set 2
  • Aug. 30, 2020 | 6:00 PM Announcement of Winners

Streamed for FREE on the CCP YouTube Channel, CCP FB Page, CCP Arts Ed FB Page and CCP Choreographers Series FB Page.

DESCRIPTION

WifiBody is a choreographers’ competition for the solo-duet form. It is the first tier of the CCP Choreographers’ Series, a three-part platform in support of the Filipino choreographer. The competition is for the solo-duet form because we believe that the intimacy and conciseness of these forms pushes choreographers to bare their choreographic vision. 

WifiBody 2020 explores the virtual body in the time of COVID-19. Finalists for this year’s solo-duet competition are ‘troubleshooting’ the choreographic practice. They’re taking the discourse of the solo-duet form further, that in current circumstances, such limitations can actually deepen the choreographic process. Under the direction of Myra Beltran, WifiBody dedicates itself to discovering new choreographic talent and featuring emerging choreographers.

FINALISTS

  1. Angelique F. Baccay, Airdance Philippines, Caloocan City, 
  2. Aljana Alicia Rose Marie “Cheenee” Limuaco, Dance In Motion, Dumaguete City 
  3. Gerard T. Hechanova III, Hugis Dance Project, LibertadNHS, Butuan City, Region XIII 
  4. Jasper Narvaez, Akram Khan Company, London, UK
  5. Joshua Villamar, UPeepz, Airdance Philippines, Quezon City 
  6. Leah Gonzales, LGAC, Plaridel Bulacan
  7. Les Paul Sañez, MVMEANT, Caloocan City 
  8. Misael Saquian, Guang Ming College, Pagadian, Zamboanga del Sur, Region IX
  9. Leong Sil Rose Panuelos, UP Dance Company, Antipolo City, Rizal 
  10. Ysabel Lava, House of Dance, Quezon City

WIFIBODY PROGRAM

Myra’s pioneering work is considered as being instrumental in the formation of an independent contemporary dance community in the Philippines.  She first trained in classical ballet under Vella Damian.  Prior to her work as an independent artist, Myra worked with professional companies in Germany (Ballet of Oldenburg), in Yugoslavia (Ballet of the Theatre of Prishtina), with Ballet Philippines of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and for Enrico Labayen’s The Lab., Projekt-Phil., originating the major roles in his repertoire.  In 1994, she started her work as an independent choreographer, and brought together artists collectively working as the group Dance Forum. 

“On a lonely path where no Filipino dancer has treaded,” as one writer put it in 1995, Myra  opened her studio as an alternative performing space in 1997, and created the blueprint for the formation and flourishing of independent contemporary dance in the Philippines.

Creating a body of work that stretched the possibilities of dance in the Philippines in both aesthetics, and in the manner of creating and producing dances, Myra holds a unique place in the Philippine dance community because she has accomplished this, almost single-handedly.  Her solo repertoire is the most extensive in the Philippines – a career path that has paved the way for other dance artists in the Philippines. 

In subsequent years, Myra initiated two important contemporary dance initiatives – the “Contemporary Dance Map” (2005) and the Wifi Body Festival (2006) which later hosted a choreographers’ competition for the solo-duet form (2007).  Under Myra’s helm, these two initiatives produced many artists’ works and launched the career of many choreographers who are contemporary dance’s most articulate and active practitioners in the Philippines.  Wifi Body Festival has brought visibility to Philippine contemporary dance practice both locally and internationally. 

Ms Beltran has done commissioned work for Arts Development Association of Taiwan (2005), University of Iowa’s Theatre Department (2004), CASA San Miguel Center for the Arts (1996 and almost yearly thereafter), Instituto Cervantes Manila (2007).  She has choreographed for local mainstream dance and theatre groups, such as Ballet Philipppines, Philippine Ballet Theatre, Dulanng UP (University of the Philippines) and Tanghalang Ateneo (Ateneo de Manila University).  She has been published by the University of the Philippines Press, has also written articles about contemporary dance in the Philippines in local publications, for the 2012 Yearbook of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC).  She has also spoken about her art and her initiatives in conferences in the Philippines, Korea, Japan, Belgium.  She was an Asian Cultural Council Grantee for the years 2011-12 where she completed a three-month residency in New York City. 

Myra holds a master’s degree in comparative literature from the University of the Philippines.  She is part-time faculty at the UST Conservatory of Music and at the De La Salle College of St. Benilde School of Design and Arts.

For her work, Myra received the 2001 Alab ng Haraya (Flame of Inspiration) for Individual Recognition in the performing arts from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the Tanging Parangal (Highest Honor) from the City of Manila in 2007.   Her Dance Forum received the ALIW Award in 2001 for Best Dance Group.