Monday, April 18, 2016

Bohol dance w’shop showcases
Int’l choreographer’s ‘Blue Way’

TAGBILARAN CITY, April 16, (PIA) —In a rare press premiere, members of the Bohol media and lifestyle and entertainment writers gaped at the performance of a dance by a famed international choreographer and performed by local dancers, in the early evening of April 15, 2016, around 5:50 PM.

The dance, entitled Blue Way came as a collaborative effort of Romanian choreographer and internationally acclaimed dance choreographer Gigi Caciuleanu and the mentors of the 2nd Bohol International Dance Workshop, bared Lutgardo Labad, speaking for festival organizers and Kasing Sining, a local arts and cultural workers group.

Caciuleanu, a Romanian icon in contemporary dance joined the Bohol international dance workshop this year created Blue Way as a piece for four of the outstanding graduates of the first Bohol international dance workshop which is among the summer workshops under the Bansay sa Ting-init.

Caciuleanu came to join his former dancers in the international dance arena: multi-dance disciplined French dancer Gillaume Morgan who also prominently figured out in the Paris dance circuits and multi-awarded American dancer Nicola Ayoub who had been dancers for his choreographed pieces.

The 2nd Bohol International Dance workshop which ran from April 14-24, also has French modern jazz teacher and choreographer Karine Leven and Filipino authority for the traditional southern Philippines dance called pangalay.

Earlier, both Ayoub and Morgan, who mentored the first international dance workshop agreed that the goals during the first modules have been achieved.

Now in the 2nd international dance workshop, an ambitious goal of putting up a showcase using most promising dancers in a new dance piece by no less than Caciuleanu: the Blue Way.

The dance, like a story of a life of its own, progressed from a segmented individual flowing performance into an incorporation of a form, which picks on the motion and celebrates the human body

“Like a dance company, a group of human beings is a sum of different units: singularities with different bodies, different characters or temperaments, we are, all of us are equal because we are all different, our differences makes our force,” Caciuleanu explained.

Workshop completers Marvin Ablao, Jerrey Aguilar, Jay Banquil and Yassie Nalo performed the 30 minute showcase announcing the birth of the Bohol Dance Project Company.  

The workshop which now has 31 participants comprised of students and young adults runs until April 24 at the Dr. Cecilio Putong National High School in Tagbilaran City. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol) 

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