Wifi Body Independent Contemporary Dance Festival 2012

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Yay! My article on the 2012 Wifi Body Independent Contemporary Dance Festival was finally published in Philippine Daily Inquirer's July 9, 2012 issue.  The festival started on July 4 and I submitted the piece for the July 2 issue but they didn't have enough space to run the piece then. All's well that end's well, they used it for this week's issue.

The published version, both in print and online, is a slightly different version from the one below as I had to convert some of the information into past tense.

Wifi Body Independent Contemporary Dance Festival 2012
By Walter Ang

Performance from previous Wifi Body
Independent Contemporary Dance Festival
The sixth Wifi Body Independent Contemporary Dance Festival will be held in two cities across Metro Manila: Dance Forum Space (DFS) and University of the Philippines (UP) in Quezon City and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City.

The festival gathers contemporary dance artists and audiences in a series of performances, workshops and competitions.  This year will also feature a conference for dance scholars.

The festival is organized by Contemporary Dance Network Manila, a group of contemporary dance companies, artists, school-based organizations, critics and institutions promoting contemporary dance in the Philippines.

"This year's theme is 'Aspire for Dance, Aspire to Dance.'," says network chair Angela Lawenko-Baguilat. Baguilat is also festival artistic director, taking over from founding artistic director Myra Beltran.

The name of the festival was created based on the notion of "engaging the public, especially younger audiences, weaned in a digital age. Wifi Body allows everyone to access contemporary dance," she says.

The festival opens with an opening gala, "New Aspirations," at DFS on July 4, featuring performances by Airdance, Chameleon Dance Theater, E-Dance, UP Dance Company, and Lyceum of the Philippines University.

The festival's "IndepenDance" show, focusing on new works, features choreographies by Jed Amihan, Rudolph Segundo ,Jun Saagundo,Ea Torrado in its July 6 DFS show and the works of Elena Laniog, and Christine Crame in its July 13 CCP show.

The festival closes on July 14 with closing gala "Fidelity" at Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino in CCP, with performances from Steps Dance Studio, Seven Dance Company, Philippine Ballet Theater, and Ballet Philippines.

The festival has a New Choreographers Competition that allows up-and-coming regional choreographers and dancers who have not yet created any major full-length work to premiere solos or duets.

The semi-finals will be held at DFS July 5 and finals at CCP July 14.

"To reinforce the focus on choreography, no set pieces are allowed to enable audiences and judges to experience the emphasis on the level of dance research in theme, aesthetics, process and its innovative application."

On screen, online, on site
The festival is hosting its third Uncensored Bodies Dance Video Competition to encourage the use of dance in film or the creation of film specifically about dance.

Selected entries will be screened at UP College of Music Mini-Hall and CCP.  The winners of the competition will be announced on July 14.

"Finalist entries will also be uploaded on Youtube so that the Audience Choice Award can be determined via online voting."

There will also be the festival's Dance-on-Site series, performances that are created for non-stage venues or areas.  Previous installments have been performed on escalators, roof decks and driveway ramps of CCP. This year's performances will be held at the lobby of CCP's Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino.

Workshops, conferences
Dance workshops and a conference open to the public will be held at UP.  "UP College of Music has been home to the premiere dance program in the country, nurturing and producing dance leaders for over three decades," says Baguilat, faculty-in-charge of the dance program.

The Wifi Body Conference will be held from July 5-6 at the UP College of Music Mini-Hall with keynote address to be delivered by Basilio Esteban Villaruz, professor emeritus at UP and author of "Walking Through Philippine Theater" (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2012), a three-volume collection of his dance and theater critiques.

"The conference aims to unearth what current dance makers are aspiring to and aspiring for in creating and understanding their art. It will be a platform for dance scholars and practitioners to raise and exchange prevailing issues and concerns of contemporary dance practice."

Papers will be presented by Jose Jay Cruz, Transitopia Contemporary Dance Commune artistic director; Donna Miranda, choreographer and critic; Noel Garovillo, Noel Garovillo Dance Center artistic director, Koronadal; Cher Anabo, freelance visual and kinetic artist, Honolulu; Clarissa Cecilia Mijares, critic and Airdance artist; Joelle Jacinto, critic and Team Dance Studio artist.

Contemporary Dance Workshops will be at the UP Dance Studio July 4-6.  Workshops will be conducted by Donna Miranda, Raul Alcoseba and Gerald Mercado.

Wifi Body Independent Contemporary Dance Festival 6 (2012) runs July 4-6 and July 13-14. Festival passes, day passes and student/senior discounts available. Contact 0917-328-2582 or 0999-881-6800.

Schedule here.

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