The 4th edition of the Wifi Body Independent Contemporary Dance Festival is scheduled to take place from June 25 to July 5, 2009. This is a dance festival that takes place annually at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
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On June 26 and 27, viewers have the chance to watch 2nd STEP. This is one of the segments for the 4th Wifi Body dance festival that will feature new dance pieces from five former participants of the said Festival's New Choreographers Competition.
In 2nd STEP, they will explore new grounds for self expression, where body and technology merges and eventually evolve. The former finalists will present how the competition bring their innate talent into another level of artistry.
One of these new choreographic endeavors is called "Robe," with choreography by Rudolph Segundo. It is performed by Mark Rosaroso and Mannex Siapno of The Chameleon Dance Theatre under Raul Alcoseba as artistic director.
"Robe" tackles the struggles of a Man torn between individuality and organizational doctrines. Together with new powerful works by Jed Amihan, Ea Torrado, Stephen Biadoma, and Mia Cabalfin, 2nd STEP is directed by Myra Beltran, with Paul Morales as the festival director.
The festival will also feature the evolution of past Wifi Body participants, such as Rhosam Prudenciado Jr., former competition winner and grand prize winner of the Yokohama Solo x Duo + competition in Japan. Winners and competitors of past competitions will perform in the 2nd Step segments.
Other segments includes INDEPENDANCE featuring dance groups such as Airdance, Myra Beltran Dance Forum, UP Dance Company, Kahayag Community Dance and Theater Company (Koronadal City), Dance Pull (Bacolod), and Locsin Dance Workshop (Davao City)
Wifi Body also aims to showcase the evolution of how Filipino contemporary dancers connect with each other and with dancers globally, as with invited Japanese guest artist, Maki Morishita, who will be performing in a show with Ballet Philippines 2 alumni.
Aside from the evening shows, a host of other performances and activities will be presented throughout the day and all over the CCP. There will be a photo exhibit and two plenaries where artists, educators, dance enthusiasts and the public are invited to discuss contemporary dance and the evolving body.
Up and coming choreographers will be highlighted in the New Choreographers Competition, a competition solely dedicated to the solo and duet form that was spearheaded and has been nurtured by contemporary dance advocate Myra Beltran, artistic director of Dance Forum.
Allowing access to contemporary dance is also of importance to the festival organizers. For this reason, high school and college based dance groups from all over the country will have a chance to shine in the Emerging Talent Showcase. Contemporary dance workshops will be held and are open to all dance practitioners and anyone who is interested to learn more about contemporary dance (even without dance background).
There will even be "street dance parties" at the driveway encircling the CCP fountain featuring groups like Krump Pinoy. Other unique performances include a series of "Dance On Site" and "In Focus" shows where dancers perform at locations all over the CCP, including the escalator of the Main Theater Lobby.
Film enthusiasts and filmmakers interested in the use of dance in film (and vice-versa) can catch screenings of dance films. This year's festival also marks the first Uncensored Bodies Dance Film competition where judges include former Ballet Philippines danseur Nonoy Froilan and filmmaker Tad Ermitaño.
2nd STEP is part of Wifi Body Independent Contemporary Dance Festival 4. Presented by the Contemporary Dance Network Philippines (a member of World Dance Alliance); the Cultural Center of the Philippines (as part of the Brave New Works series in celebration of its 40th anniversary), and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts; in cooperation with Japan Foundation Manila.
For schedules and details, call 832-1125 loc. 1801 to 1808 or 832-3681 or log on to www.geocities.com/wifibody. Tickets available at CCP Box Office 832-3704 and all Ticketworld outlets (Tel. No. 891-9999).
Day passes and festival passes are available.