Pulso Filipinas gala celebrates diverse Philippine dances

Ibarra C. Mateo

Image courtesy of CCP

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) production “Pulso Filipinas” is a gala showcasing and celebrating the country’s diverse dance culture, dance groups, and dance artists.

Thus said artistic director Paul Alexander Morales as he notes in an interview that the “Pulso Filipinas: Filipino Dance Gala 2018 Synergy in Philippine Dance,” on June 30 and July 1, highlights works ranging from ethnic/folk, contemporary, hip-hop/jazz, ballroom to classical ballet, said.

Morales said “dance is always a cause for celebration.”

“In the Philippine dance scene, there is always cause for celebration. Dance festivals in the country are few and far between. The the last dance festival we had was two years ago,” Morales explained.

He also said that “Pulso Filipinas celebrates dance companies that have endured as well as the new elements in our contemporary scene. We hope to showcase some of the best groups in this all-Filipino gala.”

“We will be showing local treasures unearthed and shining examples of current and new work and talents,” Morales stressed.

The Pulso festival was preceded by activities such as “Body Talks,” workshops, forum, dance talks, and other dance appreciation activities.

The festival assembles major dance companies such as CCP resident companies Ballet Philippines, Bayanihan Philippine National Folk Dance Company, Philippine Ballet Theatre, and the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group.

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Also participating are the Bacolod City’s Dance Pull Project; university-based dance companies such as the UP Dance Company; and various groups from Metro Manila, including Ballet Manila, Airdance, G-Force, Philippine AllStars, and Belinda Adora Ensemble. It also features performances of Abbey Carlos and Michael Barry Que and Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Ligaya Amilbangsa with the AlunAlun Dance Circle.

Other activities included CCP Arts Online talk with Morales, open rehearsals, roundtable discussions with dance organizations, dance talk (“Dignity and Character-Building through the Discipline of Dance”) with Ms. Gina Katigbak, and lecture (“Modern Dance History”) by Gia Gequinto.

There were also dance workshops on hip-hop, ballroom, modern dance and adult ballet.


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