a Pinoy take on Bizet's "Carmen"

Airdance brings us “Carmen de la Cruz,” a Pinoy-retelling of Bizet’s “Carmen,” that famous story of love and unbridled passion, now set in a 1970’s Manila reeking in sex, drugs, religion and politics. In this sensuous deconstruction, Airdance breathes its eclectic style and daring physicality to this enduring and always timeless, crime of passion. Chief choreographer is Bunny Brendia who also essays the leading role. Airdance Artistic Directors Paul Morales and Christine Maranan-Novalez join Brendia in fleshing out the choreography in this modern re-telling. Processo Geladuga II plays Jose, a young police officer whose life is turned about after meeting Carmen. Carmen performances are May 6 and 7 at 8pm for the dance map, with regular tickets at 200 pesos and 100 for students. Call 3733567.

Independent contemporary dance rallies all dance lovers to celebrate International Dance Day with them in their innovative festival-tour of alternative spaces for dance, the second “Contemporary Dance Map 2006,” an initiative of World Dance Alliance Philippines Choreographers’ Network.

This occurs from April 29-May 12, 2006 in six alternative venues for dance. The Choreographers’ Network is composed of: Myra Beltran’s Dance Forum, Airdance, U.P. Dance Company, Green Papaya Art Projects, Chameleon Dance Theatre and Dancing Wounded Contemporary Dance Commune. WDA Education Network joins the dance map with Quezon City Ballet.

This unique dance festival is the experimental ground of independent contemporary dance in the Philippines. It is where the audience shares in the choreographic mind and process of the artists in their respective venues and where dance is made accessible to the community. The Quezon City government through Mayor SB Belmonte encourages this project because of the use of alternative performing spaces, where it is the dance artists who take the initiative for the production and creation of dance.

"Carmen de la Cruz" was a featured show at the Wifi Body: Philippine Independent Contemporary Dance Festival 1 held last August 17-20 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines as well as being a part of Airdance's Body Politics: A Season of New Dance held at Airdance's Studio-Theater from July to September 2006.

BODY POLITICS brings back our focus to the body: as dancer, mediator of our primal grief and aspiration, and as canvas, the very battleground where politics plays out.

The BODY POLITICS Dance Season heralds a new breed of choreographer and dancer. Young artists culled from the independent dance movement presenting new, fresh, innovative and daring dance works. Held at the studio space, this series of intimate performances afford the audience a special seat to witness and partake of new dance.
July 8 & 9**, 2006    MALAKAS@MAGANDA
July 29 & 30, 2006    VITAL STATISTICS
August 12, 17* & 18*, 2006    CARMEN DELA CRUZ
September 23 & 24, 2006    DEUS EX MACHINA

Performances at 8:00 pm at AIRDANCE Studio, 2nd Flr., The Outlet Yard, 1480 Quezon Ave., Quezon City except:

*to be held at the CCP Main Theater as part of the WiFi Body: Philippine Independent Contemporary Dance Festival
**at 3pm at Airdance Studio.


Airdance is pleased to announce the staging of Love Potion No. 9, an exploration on the idea of romance in Philippine movies. Choreographed and directed by Paul Morales, this production is an exposition of introspection versus seduction through contemporary dance.

Love Potion No. 9 is based on the acclaimed recording of “PELIKULA at Pundaquit” by BOLIPATA with classic and well-known musical scores for the stage and film by Cruz, Canseco, Bolipata and Abelardo as brought to life by siblings Alfonso and Chino Bolipata. This production is part of the Wi-Fi Body Contemporary Dance Festival and will have performances on June 29 and 30 at Airdance and on July 14 at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

This performance is part of the Wi_Fi Body: Independent Contemporary Dance Festival 2

April 11-29, 2007       Katipunan - Manila - Quezon City

an initiative of the
UP DANCE COMPANY and The World Dance Alliance - Philippines Choreographers’ Network.

Supported by
The National Commission On Culture and the Arts, The Cultural Center of the Philippines & Mag:net Café KATIPUNAN


Airdance is pleased to present "INDIOS BRAVOS", a full-length dance theater piece premiered on February 26, 2004, 7:00 pm at the Teatro Aguinaldo, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

INDIOS BRAVOS is a work that highlights and celebrates the inter-cultural and "global" character of the historical and modern Filipino. It traces the condition of the Philippine diaspora as borne out in the travels, experiences and search for cultural identity, both by the young Pepe (Rizal) in the 1880s, and Maria, a Pinay overseas worker in our own time. Their lives, separated by over a century but sharing in a similar quest to seek opportunities that necessarily take them away from their native land. In Paris, where their paths cross, Pepe establishes the group INDIOS BRAVOS from among his countrymen in order to find a proud Filipino identity, and Maria is seen to be an exemplar of this continuing and evolving identity.

INDIOS BRAVOS is performed by AIRDANCE with choreography by Dwight Rodrigazo and direction by Paul Morales. The libretto is by playwright and poet Nicolas Pichay, and the work's original score is composed by Bob Aves and Grace Nono of Tao Music. Additional music by Julius Mocorro, production design by Jet Melencio, and lighting design by Shakira Villa