The Philippine dance.MNL Festival

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Choice of 3 Galas
(Venue: CCP Main Theater)
Select 3 from - The Winners' Circle • Ballet Philippines: Master Pieces • Ballet Manila: Giselle • Giselle: A Tribute to Tita Radiac •  Ballet Filipino

Choice of 2 Showcases
(Venues: CCP Little Theater, Aliw Theater, CCP Rehearsal Hall)
Select 2 from - Daloy Dance Company: Unearthing • UP Dance Company: A Wanderer in the Night's World • Generation Next • Airdance: Body of Work • Eisa Jocson: Host • Dance Diaspora

Cultural Center of the Philippines 
and Ballet Philippines
in cooperation with Philippine Ballet Theatre 
and Ballet Manila

The Philippine Dance Festival

June 21 to 26, 2016

CCP Main Theater
CCP Little Theater
CCP Rehearsal Hall
Aliw Theater 

dance.MNL is a biennial festival focused on uniting and celebrating the Filipino dance community.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines and Ballet Philippines in cooperation with Philippine Ballet Theatre and Ballet Manila present dance.MNL: The Philippine Dance Festival. This biennial festival brings the Filipino classical, modern and contemporary creations to the stages of the CCP, Aliw Theater and Star Theater on 14-26 June 2016. Supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Manila Broadcasting Corporation, this inaugural festival will feature 11 performances, a two-week dance intensive and a conference, gathering more than 500 dance professionals in the metropolis.

The Winners' Circle
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 8:00 PM
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)

Dance.MNL kicks off its week of performances with a gala celebrating the numerous Filipino dance artists who have made their marks on the local and global stage. The featured artists include: Jared Tan (Atlanta Ballet), Christine Rocas (Joffrey Ballet), Candice Adea (Ballet MET), and the winners of local and international dance competitions.

UP Dance Company:
A Wanderer in the Night of the World
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 8:00 PM
Aliw Theater (Stage)

A Wanderer in the Night of the World is a dance narrative inspired by five poems of the National Artist for Literature – Nestor Vicente Madali (NVM) Gonzales choreographed by Al Bernard Garcia, Michael Barry Que, Sarah Maria Samaniego, and Gebbvelle Ray Selga.

Eisa Jocson:
Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 6:00 PM
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)

HOST is a one-woman-entertainment-service-machine.
Eisa Jocson’s acclaimed piece invites us to experience and reflect on feminine image formation by displaying forms of entertainment strategies associated with femininity and by exhibiting labor and body politics.

Ballet Philippines:
Master Pieces
Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 8:00 PM
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)

Ballet Philippines brings its highly celebrated touring repertoire back to its home stage. “Master Pieces” has been performed in the United States of America, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan, China, and most recently, Korea and Indonesia. “Master Pieces” features works by George Birkadze, William Carter, Augustus ‘Bam’ Damian III, Tony Fabella, Alden Lugnasin, Paul Alexander Morales, Carlo Pacis, and BP Founder & National Artist for Dance Alice Reyes.

Body of Work
Friday, June 24, 2016 - 6:00 PM
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)

Body of Work is a mixed bill featuring the wide scope of Airdance’s choreographic pool. The program features works by Ava Maureen Villanueva-Ong, Mia Cabalfin, Jed Amihan, Rhosam Prudenciado Jr., Avel Bautista, Nicole Primero, and Ernest Mandap.

Daloy Dance Company:
Friday, June 24, 2016 - 9:00 PM
Bulwagang Francisca Reyes Aquino (CCP Rehearsal Hall)

Unearthing explores how the carnal and spiritual are linked and entangled. The bodies act on impulse, unearthing body conditioning and defences, and exploring what it truly means for the performer’s body to be receptive and responsive. Movement is used as a form of attunement and way to be sensitive to a deeper inward contact. Unearthing experiments on acts of migration from the physical to more vulnerable states of being.

Unearthing by Ea Torrado and Daloy Dance Company was premiered at the 2015 Karnabal Festival: Social and Performance Innovations. Wanggo Gallaga of the Manila Bulletin writes that the piece showcases a direction for Daloy that moves “further away from the conventional idea of what contemporary dancing is expected to be. Unafraid to explore awkward shapes or deal with simplistic narratives, the Daloy Dance Company presses forward in their offering of a very different kind of contemporary dance show for the Filipino audience.”

Unearthing is set to be presented in Japan this coming July for Setouchi Trienalle and Asian Performing Arts Market 2016.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

2:00 PM
Ballet Manila Cast

8:00 PM
Tribute cast for Tita Radaic
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)

One of the most beloved ballets of all time, “Giselle” tells the story of a love so strong that it transcends even death. The artists of Ballet Manila will take the stage on the matinee, while the gala features a special tribute cast put together in honor of the Philippine dance icon and co-founder of Philippine Ballet Theatre Felicitas “Tita” Radaic, featuring the special participation of Philippine Ballet Theatre and Ballet Philippines.

Dance Diaspora
Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 6:00 PM
Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater)

Manila’s diverse contemporary dance companies, independent artists, and internationally based Filipino dancers come together in a program presenting a cornucopia of dance talents. The performance opens with the dance film, “Where The Light Settles”, directed by AJ Orlina.

Generation Next
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 2:00 PM
Aliw Theater

The future of Philippine dance takes center stage in this festive program. Audiences will be treated to the performances of select dance schools from around the metro, as well as the junior dancers of Ballet Philippines, Philippine Ballet Theatre, and Ballet Manila.

Ballet Filipino
Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 6:00 PM
Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)

Manila’s three professional ballet companies unite in a program celebrating the best of Filipino dance and choreography. 

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