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R-18: Bold Contemporary Dance

The Airdance Company presented a bill of intimate contemporary dances dubbed "R-18", two evenings of bold contemporary dance last September 18 and 25, 2004, 7:30 pm, at the Airdance Studio at the 2nd Flr., The Outlet Yard, 1480 Quezon Ave., Quezon City

The event showcased new choreographies from the company's resident choreographers including Dwight Rodrigazo, Avel Bautista, Christine Maranan, Lynley Tan, Paul Morales and Bunny Brendia. Despite the venue's limited space, the company will strived to push the boundaries of our perception of what is modern dance, resulting in a provoking and entertaining evening. A highlight of the show was "Breathing Space", choreographed for Airdance by noted Filipino dancer Ernest Mandap, a long time dancer with the Brumachon Lamarche company based in Nantes, France.

The show was warmly applauded and received by guests that included former Ballet Philippines Artistic Director Denisa Reyes, danseuse Edna Vida, Prof. Steve Villaruz of the UP Dance Company, dance critic Marge Enriquez, Goethe Institut Director Volkir Avenmarg, the French Chamber of Commerce's VP Bruno Vergnes and Alvin Ailey School Dance teacher Max Luna amongst others.

Airdance was recently awarded the "Best Young Contemporary Dance Theater Company in the Philippines" when it won the 3rd Mindanao Modern Dance Competition in Koronadal City, South Cotabato last July 2004.

This show was restaged as part of the CONTEMPORAY DANCE MAP - INTERNATIONAL DANCE DAY 2005 Celebration in April 23 and 24, 2005.

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Ars Poetica

October 22 & 23, 2005, 8pm
Dance Forum Space, 38 West Ave., Quezon City


Contemporary dance choreographers pay tribute to women poets in celebration of the Centennial of the Feminist Movement in the Philippines in "Ars Poetica," an evening of dance and poetry, on Oct. 22 and 23, 2005, 8pm at Dance Forum Space, 38 West Avenue.

The program is presented by Myra Beltran’s Dance Forum, the National Commission on Culture and Arts, Subcommittee on Culture and the Arts, NGO-GO National Network for the Feminist Centennial in cooperation with Air Dance.

This contemporary dance concert features "high priestess of poetry" Virginia Moreno’s poem "Order for Masks" in collaborative choreography by Myra Beltran, Paul Morales and Bunny Brendia. Ms. Moreno was the only female writer amongst a pioneering and intellectual group of artists, who called themselves the "Ravens". In their work and critique of art practices prevailing in the 1950’s, these artists influenced a generation of other artists. One writer has described Ms. Moreno as "the last bohemian." Each poem of hers is called a "jewel". "Order for Masks" is set in the pre-war Carnival era and its heart is the Woman ordering three masks for the three tasks in her life. Performed by Myra Beltran, Proceso Gelladuga II, Reagan Cornelio and Paul Morales.

The evening also premieres the choreography of Christine Maranan-Novales, Avel Bautista, Donna Miranda, Nina Hayuma Habulan and Elena Laniog - poetry rendered in contemporary dance. Also performing are Vinia Pamplona, Jethro Pioquinto and Vincent Egido. Visual Design by Gio Respall and costume design by Jethro Pioquinto.


"Ars Poetica" -- dance is poetry, and "the body is that place that writes." Tickets are 150 pesos with discounted tickets at 100 pesos for students. For info, contact tel. no. 373-3567.

Soiree Beaujolais

Organized by Le Club (aka the French Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines), Soiree Beaujolais is a grand annual event of fine wine, good food, and even better company. It was held last November 23, 2004, at the NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City.

This year, as sponsored by Nescafe Gold, the event featured performances by Airdance, Hyperbeat, and the Jewelmer band. Hosted by Tessa Prieto-Valdez, Leah Navarro, and Pinky Amador, several prizes were given away including the grand prize of a round trip ticket to Paris via Air France plus a 17-day free Peugot car rental.

The NBC Tent was packed with party-goers and the fun and dancing lasted well into the wee hours of the morning.

Contre Temps

Directed by Airdance Artistic Director Paul Morales, Contre Temps or "Saliwa" is a short film earmaked as an entry to various independent film festivals.

The film revolves around the lives of a group of dancers as they are preparing for a show. The choreographer, played by Bunny Brendia, receives a mysterious message that affects her own and her co-dancers' personal and professional lives. She decides to find out who posted that message but, in the process, finds her true self.

Directed and written by Paul Morales, co-written with Nicolas Pichay, with choreography by Ernest Mandap, featuring the company members of Airdance, the film was shot in an about the Airdance Studio on a shoestring budget.

The film was shown at danc(E)motion Dance on Screen Festival, the first dance film festival in Indonesia. The festival is arranged to improve and share the understanding of dance film; to extend the network of dance film community in Asia and the world; also to create new inspiration for choreographer and film director in developing dance film.

danc(E)motion took place at Gedung Kesenian Jakarta, Indonesia, from the 10th until 13th March 2005. Participating countries are: Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, Germany, Japan, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Italy, Israel, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Greece, USA.

For more information about the festival, follow this link: http://www.dancemotion.or.id

Spaces of Violence

February 18, 19, and 20, 2005, 8:00pm
Dance Forum Space, #38 West Ave., Quezon city

Tickets at P150
(P100 for students and senior citizens)

Celebrating its 8th season of performances, Myra Beltran's Dance Forum teams up with Airdance for "Spaces of Violence" a contemporary dance concert. Show time is 8:00 pm on Feb. 18, 19 and 20, 2005, at the Dance Forum Space on 38 West Ave. in Quezon City.

In line with their commitment to advancing the art form of contemporary dance these dance artists are presenting brave new work on the theme of violence. The performances articulate the philosophy of contemporary dance as an evocative medium for the discourse of current issues.

Read more: Spaces of Violence

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