August 17, 2018 2018: Contemporary Dance Choreographers’ Competition

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  • Discovering new choreographic talent and featuring emerging choreographers, Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Contemporary Dance Network presents 2018, a Choreographers’ Competition happening at Tanghalang Huseng Batute CCP Studio Theater this coming August 25, 2018!

    Curated by Myra Beltran, is a CCP Choreographers’ Series, featuring Competition Set 1 finalists Elijah Erick D. Mendoza, Mario Niel Villarias, Jovie Ann D. Domingo, Raul “Buboy” Raquitico Jr, Sasa Cabalquinto and Jodel T. Cimagala.

    In “Dama,” choreographer Elijah Erick D. Mendoza expounds how conflicts in a relationship build a stronger connection between two people. A performing arts (major in dance) graduate from College of St. Benilde, Elijah discovered his passion for dance during his high school years through the influence of his friends.

    Elijah Erick D. Mendoza/IMAGE’s Facebook page

    Young choreographer Mario Niel Villarias explores the changing perception of the society on the roles a man should play in “Bali.” Due to an awareness of gender performativity, he believes that the role man plays has increasingly become fluid and continuously reconstructed. The performing arts graduate from Guang Ming College promises that he will advocate and promote dance as a channel for cultural preservation and social realization.

    Mario Niel Villarias/IMAGE’s Facebook page

    “Walk Without Pain” by choreographer Jovie Ann D. Domingo is about moving on after the object of one’s love has died. A psychological love story, the choreographer crosses the realms of the living and the dead using the threads of emotions to connect the physical and the spiritual realms. A psychology graduate from Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges (RMMC), Jovie was the dance master of Teatro Ambahanon in 2016 and participated in the recent China ASEAN Theater Week in Nanning, China.

    Jovie Ann D. Doming/IMAGE’s Facebook page

    Choreographed by Raul “Buboy” Raquitico Jr, “Transacting Comfort” delves into today’s obsession over extravagant means of satisfying necessities. A member of Daloy Dance Co, a contemporary dance collective, Buboy participated in the 2015 Korea International Modern Dance Competition as a soloist and received the Korea Dance Association Award. 

    Raul “Buboy” Raquitico Jr/IMAGE’s Facebook page

    A collaborative work by Sasa Cabalquinto, Kerstin Pinto, and Jarrett Pinto, “Namoka” is a commentary on socio-political narratives and histories that encompasses the inner struggles of Filipinos today. The piece was created through the process of the Salin and Katha artist programs of Para Sa Sining, a contemporary platform for collaborative art. 

    Sasa Cabalquinto/IMAGE’s Facebook page

    Choreography by Jodel T. Cimagala, “Gummy Bears” illustrates the effects of the FLAKKA Drugs, synthetic stimulants. The wild spastic twitching movements of the bodies were analyzed and used as movement motifs for the choreography. A psychology graduate from Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges, Jodel is a dance master at RMMC Teatro Ambahanon. 

    Jodel T. Cimagala/IMAGE’s Facebook page

    For Competition Set 2 are Joshua Bajado,  Ghealyn Undang, John Michael Acol, Louise Biong Jared Jonathan Luna and Harry Monteagudo.

    Choreographer Joshua Bajado is part of Airdance. A graduate of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela, Joshua was also former dancer member of PLV Dance Company and a cheerleader of Green Ox Allstar Cheering Squad.

    Joshua Bajado/IMAGE’s Facebook page

    Choreographed by Ghealyn Undang, “Mata” is inspired by a story of a man who sees nothing but can write everything that is wordless and unspeakable. Ghealyn is finishing her BPA Dance degree at Guang Ming College and is a dancer of Guang Ming Dance Project. 

    Ghealyn Undang/IMAGE’s Facebook page

    “Muffled Headlines” by John Michael Acol talks about people being silenced by influential criminals who dictate details of the news in their own terms. A senior psychology student at RMMC, he is the artistic director of RMMC Jah Rules Dance Company, a group of young choreographers. 

    John Michael Acol/IMAGE’s Facebook page

    In “DangawKoLa (CatchYou),” choreographer Charles Louise Biong explores the Buddhist doctrine of Impermanence, which asserts that nothing in life lasts without change. Based in Quinapondan Eastern Samar, Louise was involved with the dance troupe headed by Allan Berongoy.

    Charles Louise Biong/IMAGE’s Facebook page

    “Category is: (Un)Realness,” Jared Jonathan Luna comments on the presentation of the human body in the fashion industry. It deconstructs the body that is constantly produced and propagated in print and runway. A dancer and a dance scholar based in Quezon City, Jared has been interested in human movement within vernacular and popular contexts. 

    Jared Jonathan Luna/IMAGE’s Facebook page

    “Solitaryo” by Harry Monteagudo is a personal analysis of crime, particularly suicide. Harry won the Best performer twice in the TA Directors Prize Competition. He performed Beauty Balaga’s pieces, “Man’s Bestfriend” ( 2016) and “Dili jud Dulaan (definitely not a toy)” (Koryolab 2017), and the “Panaghabi (The Waving Life)” at the ASEAN Theatre Festival in Nanning, China in 2017.

    Harry Monteagudo/IMAGE’s Facebook page

    The competition will be on August 25, 20187:30 pm at Tanghalang Huseng Batute CCP Studio Theater, with a retrospective of the 2016 winning pieces, and the awarding ceremony. Tickets are at Php 300. For ticket inquiries, please call the CCP Box Office at 02-832-3704 or TicketWorld at 02-891-9999. You can also visit their Facebook page at



    What: 2018
    When: August 25, 2018; 7:30 p.m.
    Where: Tanghalang Huseng Batute (CCP Studio Theater), CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd, Pasay City

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