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Reaching out from the US with dance

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Reaching out from the US with dance
By Walter Ang
April 30, 2012
Philippine Daily Inquirer

A group of dancers and artists from the US is coming to the Philippines in June to teach students in Northern Samar and Manila.

The group is led by dancers Kendra Samson, the first Filipina recipient of a full scholarship to the Juilliard School's dance program, and Chelsea Ainsworth, also an alumnus of Julliard.

"I initially organized 'Project Philippines' with my Filipino dance colleague from Juilliard, Norbert de la Cruz.  The project brought five Juilliard dancers to the Philippines in 2008 for an outreach," says Samson.

Samson hails from Angono, Rizal and is a grandniece of Carlos "Botong" Francisco and Lucio San Pedro, National Artists for Painting and Music, respectively.

She trained at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Dance School and Philippine High School for the Arts.  She was accepted to Julliard in 2004 and received her permanent resident card fo…

We could have danced all week, Philippine National Dance Week 2012

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We could have danced all week
By Walter Ang
April 23, 2012
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Dance, dance and more dance will be celebrated during this year’s International Dance Day and Philippine National Dance Week.

Contemporary Dance Network Manila (CDNM) is staging Contemporary Dance Map Gala 2012 and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is hosting a dance competition and workshop-festival.

Philippine National Dance Week, celebrated on the last week of April, began in 1993 as per Presidential Proclamation 154 signed by President Fidel Ramos.

International Dance Day was founded in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of International Theater Institute (ITI) of Unesco and is celebrated every April 29—the date commemorates the birthday of Jean-Georges Noverre, a French dancer and ballet master regarded as the creator of modern ballet.

Contemporary dance
Contemporary Dance Map Gala 2012, featuring different contemporary dance groups, is directed by Ava Villanueva and Elen…

Opera Haus now open for everyone; summer workshops offered

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Opera Haus now open for everyone; summer workshops offered
By Walter Ang
April 16, 2012
Philippine Daily Inquirer

"It has been our dream to put up an arts center and build a permanent home for classical singers," says Philippine Opera Company artistic director Karla Gutierrez. "But, of course, it is open to all artists!"

She's referring to Opera Haus, now home to the administrative offices of POC and to classrooms for students and rehearsal spaces for performing artists (music and otherwise).

Enrollment is ongoing for the center's lessons in instruments (piano, guitar, violin), and basic theory or master classes for music.

Voice students can choose from varied repertoires: classical, pop, Broadway/musical theater, jazz and standards.

There are also special classes in music and movement for babies and toddlers.

"We have a program called `Buddy Lessons,' which offers voice and instrument lessons designed for couples or friends who may want to study voi…

Flipreads, Filipino e-bookstore now online

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Filipino e-bookstore now online
By Walter Ang
April 2, 2012
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Flipreads, an online bookstore that sells electronic books (e-books) by Filipino authors and publishers, is now online (flipreads.com).

Writers and publishers attended Flipread's launch, where CEO Anthony de Luna said, "Flipreads is a source of e-books from and about the Philippines and Asia."

The site has an inaugural offering of 70 e-books available for buyers anywhere in the world.

Titles include: "Man Overboard: Essays By, For and Of The Smart Filipino Male" by Butch Dalisay, "Tabi Po" by Merwin Malonzo, "Wealth Within Your Reach" by Francisco Colayco, "The King of Nothing To Do: Essays on Nothing and Everything" by Luis Katigbak, "A Song For My Brother and Other Stories" by Antonio Hidalgo, and "Geek Tragedies" by Carljoe Javier.

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E-books sold in Flipreads are in a format that can be read on Apple devices (iPad, iPo…

Peta and Rep do crossover staging of cross-dressing hit

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Peta and Rep do crossover staging of cross-dressing hit
By Walter Ang
April 9, 2012
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine Educational Theater Association’s (Peta) musical “Care Divas” will feature Repertory Philippines actress Joy Virata and will be staged at Onstage Theater, Makati (known as Rep’s current “home” theater) for one weekend this April.

This “crossover” staging is part of both theater companies’ celebrations of their 45th anniversaries.

Peta was founded by Cecile Guidote-Alvarez and Rep by Zeneida “Bibot” Amador, Carmen “Baby” Barredo, Leo Martinez, and Tony and Monina Mercado.

With Peta’s Filipino productions and Rep’s English productions, both companies have staged season after season of shows and have established reputations for excellence.

Peta has been staging original works alongside Filipino translations and adaptations of foreign works.

Rep, while staging mostly American and European works (usually Broadway and West End shows),  once staged August Strindberg’s “Miss …

Filipinos selected for Kyoto contemporary dance residency

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Filipinos selected for Kyoto contemporary dance residency
By Walter Ang
April 9, 2012
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Filipino dancers Mia Cabalfin and Rhosam Prudenciado have been chosen for the Artist-in-Residence program of Kyoto Art Center in 2012.

The center will provide accommodations and studio space for six months for the artists to organize projects with Kyoto citizens, including performances, lectures or workshops.

The pair plan to do a “dance-on-site” production, a performance of contemporary dance in an alternative “non-theater” space.

“Specifically, in a machiya house, since this is a part of Kyoto culture and history that is fast disappearing,” says Cabalfin. “It will be interesting to explore using a traditional home in a nontraditional way.”

“Machiya houses are being demolished to give way to new concrete buildings,” says Prudenciado. “We want to pay homage to the tradition and culture symbolized by the machiya while incorporating something new and current, in this case, conte…