In celebration and thanksgiving for ten fruitful years in the industry, Airdance presented a thrilling production that marries dance, theater and music into a unique, multi-sensory experience for both the performers and the audience. “ADARNA”, a Contemporary Dance-theater piece based on the Filipino folk tale “Ibong Adarna”, was chorepgraphed by renowned artists Ava Villanueva, Rhosam Prudenciado Jr., Mia Cabalfin and Jed Amihan and was brought to life by the company members and apprentices of Airdance, on September 30, 2011, Firday, 2:00pm, and October 1, 2011, Saturday, 8:00pm at the Henry Lee Irwin Theatre at the Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
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Photos by Tony Ganal, MFA, and David John Garcia
Airdance’s ADARNA is a celebration of family and belonging. Set in contemporary time, this dance drama presents the current issues concerning the Filipino family, the conflicts that divide them and the efforts to keep them together. Adarna is the now elusive idea of family.
The patriarch Fernando raised his three sons by himself. Unfortunate circumstances led to the separation of Fernando from his wife Ada and their three children grew up without a mother. The story begins with the three sons as adults struggling with their own personal lives. Peter, Diego, and Juancho battle with their own monsters and are engulfed by various vices. They have very little time for their aged and sick father. As Fernando’s health worsened, he gathers his children to them tell of his last wish to see his wife again and to have a “complete” family before he dies.
The three sons embark on different adventures (and misadventures!) to search for their mother. They encounter adversities and are side-tracked or completely derailed from fulfilling their task of getting their family back together. Guided by the kindness of his heart and a deep longing for a mother, Juancho perseveres and his efforts are greatly rewarded. A grand reunion ensues as Fernando gets his wish. On his death bed he is surrounded by his three sons and his wife − a family who has forgiven each member’s shortcomings, a family ready to move forward together.